Middleborough raid nets guns, drugs, cash — and 17 neglected pit bulls

A raid on a suspected drug dealer’s Middleborough home yielded stolen guns, drugs, thousands of dollars in cash — and 17 neglected pit bulls living in squalor, Middleborough police said.

Following the raid, police charged John Campbell with trafficking in Class A and B drugs, possession of a large-capacity firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a large-capacity feeding device, illegal possession of ammunition, possession of a stolen firearm, and cruelty to animals, police said in statement.

According to police, a monthlong investigation by detectives led officers to Campbell’s Middle Street home Wednesday morning.

In the home, detectives discovered 1,500 Percocet pills worth $45,000 on the street, more than 100 grams of crack cocaine, two semiautomatic handguns, a .38-caliber revolver, two shotguns, a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle, and about $29,000 in cash.


Two of the guns were stolen, the statement said.

Thirteen puppies and four adult pit bulls were also found in the raid. The dogs were living in filthy conditions and appeared to be neglected, officials said. They were seized by the town’s animal control officer.

The Animal Rescue League is assisting Middleborough in finding shelters or foster homes for the dogs and hopes to have them all placed by the weekend, league spokeswoman Ami Bowen said.

No further information was immediately available.

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