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Pair charged with using heroin in Hingham court's parking lot

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 19, 2014 10:39 AM

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(Above) Kevin P. Wholey, 24, from Hull; and Mark P. Murray, 22, from Braintree were arrested for allegedly using heroin in the parking lot of Hingham District Court.

Two men ended up with a session in Hingham District Court after allegedly using heroin in the court parking lot.

According to police, an officer on patrol in the area noticed the car parked Monday in the court parking lot on George Washington Boulevard. The court was closed due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, and signs in the lot warn loiterers against trespassing, police said.

Police said the car was facing the woods and two men were inside. A registration check of the car showed that the driver had a suspended driver’s license.

The officer pulled off the road nearby and, using binoculars, saw the driver raise his right arm and remove what appeared to be a tourniquet from his arm, a motion consistent with drug use, police said.

As the officer drove toward the car, the occupants allegedly saw him and began moving around. The driver began backing up the car to leave when the officer stepped out and yelled for the driver to stop.

Police said on the driver’s lap was an orange plastic cap similar to a syringe cap and a thick drawstring that appeared to have been the tourniquet. The driver’s right sleeve was rolled up and marks on his arm were consistent to having just used a tourniquet, police said.

The officer asked the driver to step out of the car and handcuffed him. A second officer then arrived and asked the passenger to step out of the car.

According to police, the driver admitted that he had an uncapped syringe in the front seat area, which police found wedged between the driver’s seat and center console. The driver allegedly told police the syringe was filled with “heroin and water.”

Officers also said they found an open bag on the front passenger side floor that contained another uncapped syringe filled with a brown liquid, several capped syringes, an unlabeled container with three Gabapentin pills, and a pair of brass knuckles.

Kevin P. Wholey, 24, from Hull was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A substance, driving after license suspension, and trespassing. The car, a 2000 Acura 32TL, was towed from the scene.

Mark P. Murray, 22, from Braintree was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A Substance, possession of a Class E substance, possession of a dangerous weapon, and trespassing.

Both men were released Monday night on personal recognizance for arraignment on Tuesday at Hingham District Court.

At the arraignment, Wholey’s bail was revoked due to two open cases at Hingham District Court – for OUI alcohol, operating to endanger, and malicious destruction of property. He was held at Plymouth House of Correction to return on March 14.

Murray was given a bail warning and is set to return to court on March 20.

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