Chief Michael P Murphy
150 Park St.
North Reading, MA 01864
Town of North Reading
Michael P. Gilleberto, Town Administrator
235 North St.
North Reading, MA 01864
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 7, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Two Arrested In North Reading Police Investigation Into Drug Use by DPW Employees
NORTH READING — Police Chief Michael P. Murphy reports that the North Reading Police Department arrested a local man after an investigation into alleged dealing of prescription painkillers (opioids) and other drugs. As part of the investigation, police also arrested an employee of the North Reading Department of Public Works and charged him with drug possession.
JOHN McNEIL, AGE 56, OF NORTH READING was arrested on Friday, March 4 and charged with:
• Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws
• Possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycodone) (Four Counts)
• Possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycodone) with Intent to Distribute (Two Counts)
• Possession of a Class C Substance
• Possession of a Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute
• Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute (Marijuana)
Additionally, DPW employee SCOTT McDONOUGH, AGE 42, OF METHUEN was arrested on Friday and charged with Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws and Possession of a Class B Substance (Oxycodone).
Last month, North Reading Police Detectives opened an investigation. The investigation led police to McNEIL’S home, where a quantity of drugs, paraphernalia, and cash was found, and the suspect was taken into custody.
“The drug epidemic is present in every community, and in North Reading, we will continue to aggressively pursue those who sell and distribute these poisons in our community,” Chief Murphy said. “I am very pleased with the work of our officers, especially Lt. Detective Thomas Romeo, Detective Thomas Hatch, Detective Scott Tilton, and Detective Sean O’Leary.”
The charges against McDONOUGH come as part of a wide-ranging North Reading Police Department investigation, and additional charges may be following.
According to Town Administrator Michael P. Gilleberto, McDONOUGH and several other DPW employees have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation and an internal investigation by the Town of North Reading.
“I have been made aware of the police investigation and subsequent arrest of one of our Department of Public Works Employees. We will not tolerate illegal drug use by any town employee,” Town Administrator Gilleberto said. “We are conducting a full and thorough investigation.”
McNEIL and McDONOUGH will be arraigned today at Woburn District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.