This just in from Lt. John F. Murphy of the Barnstable Police:
Barnstable Street Crime Unit Press Release
On December 13th, 2013, Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) members were on patrol in the Hyannis. At approximately 6:00pm, SCU members Yarmouth Officer Nicholas Ambosini and Barnstable Officer Scott Wright were in the area of Rte 132 and Bearses Way, Hyannis. They observed a gray Nissan Altima pull into the Cumberland Farms, parking lot. A young adult male and female exited the vehicle. They entered the store. After several minutes only the female exited the store and got into the vehicle. The male subject could not be located. The female began to leave the area in the Nissan Altima. A check of the vehicle’s registration plate revealed the registered owner was a female from Plymouth. The vehicle owner had an outstanding arrest warrant.
AMBOSINI and WRIGHT stopped the vehicle on Bearses Way, Hyannis. The vehicle operator was not the registered owner. The female, identified as Mercedes Pearson, age 19, of Plymouth, initially gave officers a false name. PEARSON was placed under arrest for operating without a license and false name to a police officer. During a follow up investigation at the traffic stop WRIGHT located a load .25 caliber Beretta handgun. The handgun along with a cellular telephone was in the pocket of a XL black North Face jacket. The jacket was inside the vehicle PEARSON was operating. The jacket did not belong to PEARSON. It was suspected the jacket belonged to the male subject that did not return to the vehicle at the Cumberland Farms. PEARSON was booked and bailed on the motor vehicle charges.
The vehicle was towed back to the Barnstable Police Department. A search warrant was obtained and executed on the vehicle. It was found to contain a small black backpack. The backpack contained approximately 28 grams of heroin, 3 ounces of marijuana, 3 grams of cocaine, and a digital scale. An investigation was conducted relating to the owner of the black jacket and back pack. The male subject that exited the vehicle at Cumberland Farms was identified as Timothy L Galvin, age 21, of Onset. GALVIN is the boyfriend of PEARSON. SCU members were able to obtain evidence linking GALVIN to the jacket, .25 caliber handgun, and the recovered narcotics. Evidence was also obtained indicating PEARSON was involved with GALVIN selling narcotics.
At the time of the 12/13/2013 PEARSON motor vehicle stop, GALVIN was wanted on a Plymouth Superior Court probation violation warrant. In May of 2013, GALVIN was convicted of distribution of heroin and cocaine. He was placed on probation until 2016. In November of 2013 a warrant was issued for a violation of his probation.
The Barnstable Police Department Narcotics Unit and SCU began an active fugitive search for GALVIN. Addresses in the Plymouth area and Hyannis were searched. On 01/15/2014, GALVIN was located with PEARSON at 57 Spring Street, Hyannis. GALVIN attempted to flee and was found hiding in the attic. At the time of his arrest he was found in possession of a knife. Both GALVIN and PEARSON were placed under arrest. They were charged with the following:
Plymouth Superior Court probation violation warrants/Distribution heroin
Carrying a dangerous weapon
Armed career criminal
Trafficking heroin/subsequent offense
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute/subsequent offense
Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute/subsequent offense
Conspiracy to violate the narcotics law
Unlawful possession of ammunition
Carrying a firearm without a license
Possession of cocaine with intent to distribute
Possession of marijuana
Conspiracy to violate the narcotics law
Both were arraigned in Barnstable District Court on 01/16/2014. GALVIN was held on $50,000 cash bail. PEARSON was released on personal recognizes for a future court date.
Hyannis – Just after 3pm, about 8 to 10 plainclothes detectives rushed and entered a house at 57 Spring Street…
… this according to a nearby witness in the street.
The witness, who’s main concern was not to get involved, actually took cover behind a fence when police vehicles urgently converged in front of the address.
A male and female, both apparently in their twenties, where arrested and secured in separate cruisers.
Barnstable Detectives and members of the SCU are still working on the case and detailed arrest information is not available at this time. However, sources say the charges are drug related…
This all coming at a time when local heroin related crimes and overdoses are on the rise. The epidemic has police, rescue, and medical personnel dealing with nearly one or more daily drug overdoses within the Town of Barnstable alone.
The type of narcotic offenses related to today’s raid is still uncertain…
… but according police on the front line, the heroin problem is becoming worse and keeping them very busy.
It’s not unusual for a Street Crimes Unit member to effect up to 3 or more random drug related arrests in a single shift, as was today’s case with Officer Nicholas Ambrosini. In fact, Ambrosini already had 3 arrests to his name prior to his coverage of the Spring Street warrant service…
… the paperwork alone has ambitious officers extended to the max.
Right now cops are engaged in a daily street war, fueled and sustained by a revolving door court system.
What can be done to reverse the growing criminal town wrecking pestilence of heroin addiction, trade, and peripheral lawlessness?
That’s the ultimate question…
… as today was just one of many everyday street battles in HyTown’s ongoing war.
Hyannis news will provide updates from the front as they become available.
In other news:
There were alarming moments on Sea Street this afternoon when a woman returned home early just in time to notice a small fire in her basement.
The cause of the fire was a defective microwave shooting sparks…
The small fire was mostly extinguished and everyone was reportedly outside the home when Hyannis Firefighters arrived.
Including the family pet, who managed to play it cool throughout the entire ordeal.
Robert Bastille, HyannisNews.com
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