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Meth lab discovered in Quincy, five arrested, police say

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 4, 2012 10:51 AM

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(Top row, from left) Timothy Dolan, John Colangeli, Michael Gold, (bottom row, from left:) Hannah Moody, and David Dittmer were all arrested in an alleged meth lab drug bust on Monday night.


A Quincy meth lab was shut down on Monday night and five people arrested after officers discovered the drug lab when responding to a disturbance, Quincy police said.

According to police, officers received a call at 9:30 p.m. on Monday for a disorder at 29 Eustis St.

When officers arrived at the house, they noticed what appeared to be drug-making material in plain sight.

A warrant was ordered for the home, and Quincy’s drug detectives arrived on scene shortly thereafter. Drug detectives additionally notified the Drug Enforcement Agency.

According to police, the meth lab was a “one pot operation,” meaning it was very small and posed less of a hazard to neighbors that a larger one that may have been more volatile.

Materials to make methamphetamine were allegedly found there, including lithium batteries and pseudoephedrine (found in Sudafed). A byproduct of the chemical reaction to make meth was also found stored in the house, police said.

During the search, police also discovered marijuana, plastic bags, cash, and 34 grams of cocaine.

David E. Dittmer, 37, who lived at the house, was subsequently arrested on two default warrants out of Concord District Court and Clinton District Court, police said. He was also charged with misleading a police officer during an investigation, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Laws, manufacturing and distributing Class B (meth and cocaine), and possession of Class D (marijuana).

According to police, all the drug charges are subsequent offenses for Dittmer.

Hannah Moody, 19, who also gave an address of the house, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, misleading a police investigation, conspiracy, possession of Class D, and manufacturing and distribution of Class B.

Timothy Dolan, 31, who gave an address of the house, was charged with misleading a police investigation, conspiracy, possession of Class B, manufacturing and distribution of Class B, trafficking in cocaine, and possession of Class D.

Michael Gold, 23, from Brighton, and John Colangeli, 26, from Andover, were both charged with misleading a police investigation.

According to Quincy police, only two other houses were busted for having a meth lab in the last 10 years, one occurring at Moscow Street, and the other occurring on Francis Street.

As for this most recent one, "it only came to our attention through a disorder,” said Captain John Dougan with the Quincy Police.

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