Stoneham police were in the middle of arresting one alleged heroin dealer when they stumbled upon another alleged drug deal in progress, netting them three drug-related arrests for the price of one.
“It was certainly fortuitous for the Stoneham Police Department,’’ John Guilfoil, spokesman for the Stoneham Police Department, told Boston.com.
After a month-long investigation into heroin distribution in the community, police were closing in on alleged drug dealer Deshaun Mercado, 18, of Stoneham. Conveniently, they noticed what they believed to be another, unrelated drug deal taking place nearby and arrested two more: Robert Jones, 28, of Stoneham, and Ebrima Marong, 27, of Lynnfield.
Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre said in a statement that Mercado had been under surveillance for a month before he was arrested and charged with distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute Suboxone, and possession of Seroquel yesterday.
As officers searched Mercado’s home, they saw Jones outside on Montvale Ave., allegedly trying to purchase drugs from Marong.
Police said that when they approached two men, they fled.
Jones was captured after a quick foot chase and Marong, who fled the scene in a car, was caught when he “took an unfortunate turn’’ and ended up on a dead-end street, Guilfoil said.
Both men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws. For his alleged vehicular shenanigans, Marong was also charged with failure to stop for police, stop sign violations and operating a vehicle recklessly. Plus, his license was allegedly suspended so he was charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended license, too.