Cape Wide News for Sunday January 13th, 2013
Second narcotics arrest at Barnstable Airport
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police report that on Saturday, The Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) received information from Barnstable Patrolman Owen Needham, who was working a shift as the Law Enforcement Officer assigned to Barnstable Municipal Airport (BMA). BMA employees alerted Needham about some suspicious activity involving a 16-year-old Cotuit male. The juvenile had flown from Nantucket to Hyannis with no luggage. He had scheduled a nine minute turn around flight back to Nantucket. The juvenile was observed by BMA employees walking towards Route 132. The juvenile’s demeanor was so suspicious that the pilot of his flight from Nantucket attempted to follow him out of the airport. When he returned to BMA the juvenile learned he missed his 6:30 p.m. return trip. The airline he was flying was finished for the day. The next flight to Nantucket would be in the morning. The juvenile then went to another airline and paid $75.00 for a 7:30 p.m. flight back to Nantucket. The juvenile left the BMA a second time. The SCU set up surveillance in the terminal and waited for his return. The juvenile was well known to SCU members
The juvenile returned to the airport at approximately 7:20 p.m. SCU members Barnstable Officer Keith Sexton and Yarmouth Officer Scott Lundegren observed the juvenile check in at the counter. He walked to his gate waiting to board the flight. Sexton and Lundegren approached the juvenile. His reasons for travel and times of travel were not consistent. He denied the “9 minute turn around” and claimed to have arrived earlier for dinner with a family member. When the juvenile learned a Narcotics K-9 Unit from Yarmouth PD was responding to the airport he acknowledged having heroin hidden on his person. The juvenile produced almost 3 grams of heroin hidden down his pants. The heroin has a street value of approximately $800.00
He was transported to the Barnstable Police Department and his parents were contacted. He was placed under arrest and charged with possession of class A/heroin with intent to distribute. He told police investigators he was paid to pick up the heroin for someone on Nantucket. He was not identified due to his age, and was released to his father and will be arraigned in Barnstable Juvenile Court Monday.
This was the second narcotics bust at the airport in as many days, (See related story below).
Media release furnished by Barnstable Police
Three treated after high CO levels found in Harwich
HARWICH - Three people were evaluated after high levels of carbon monoxide were found in their Harwich home. Firefighters were called to 8 Kings Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. A faulty water heater was the apparent culprit. All of the occupants declined to go to the hospital. The appliance was secured and the gas company notified to make repairs.
Drug charges after flight from Nantucket to Hyannis
HYANNIS - Barnstable Police report that on Friday, The Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) received information from Nantucket Police Department (NPD) about some suspicious activity. NPD Officers developed information relating to two subjects at the Nantucket Airport. They were suspected of being involved in narcotics activity. One subject, later identified as Matthew D Chicoine, 21, of Falmouth (left), was reportedly in possession of a large sum of money. Chicione and a second adult male boarded a flight from Nantucket to Hyannis. It was due to arrive in Hyannis at 7:36 p.m. The second subject was flying under a false name. He was later identified as Russell W Viera, 22, of Hyannis (right). SCU members, Mashpee K-9 Officer Michael Assad, and his narcotics detection K-9 partner responded to the airport.
SCU Barnstable Officer Keith Sexton and Deputy Kim Saladino located Viera and Chicione as they exited the airplane and entered the terminal. Viera was immediately recognized by Sexton and Saladino. Viera had three outstanding probation violation default warrants relating to narcotics arrests and convictions. Viera is very well known to the SCU. He was arrested by the SCU for narcotics violations twice in 2011. Viera was immediately arrested on the outstanding warrants. Chicione had $1820 cash on his person. Assad’s K-9 partner alerted him that Chicione was in possession of narcotics. A follow up investigation resulted in the recovery of two small bags of marijuana and twelve suboxone hidden on his person. The narcotics would not have been located if not for the work of the Assad and his Mashpee K-9 partner.
Chicione was charged with possession class B/suboxone with intent to distribute and possession class D/marijuana with intent to distribute
Viera and Chicione were transported to the Barnstable Police Department and booked. Viera was held without bail and Chicione was held on $2,500 cash bail. Both are due to be arraigned in Barnstable District Court Monday.
Media release and photos furnished by Barnstable Police
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