DRACUT — Chief Peter Bartlett and the Dracut Police Department report that the Dracut Police Department arrested and charged two men with drug offenses as a result an investigation into reports of drug dealing in a Dracut neighborhood.
WILLIAM CAFFREY, AGE 32, OF DRACUT, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Class B substance With Intent to Distribute.
JARAD MELBURNE, AGE 34, OF DRACUT, was arrested and charged with Possession of a Class B Substance.
As a result of information provided by residents of the neighborhood, Dracut Police detectives began an investigation into allegations of drug dealing in the area of Tennis Plaza Road. Detectives conducted surveillance in the area to corroborate information provided by neighborhood residents.
On Tuesday, May 24, Dracut detectives, with assistance from the Merrimack Valley Regional Task Force, observed an individual later identified as CAFFREY conduct what was believed to be a drug transaction in the parking lot of a business in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue.
Dracut Police and task force members stopped a vehicle driven away from the scene by an individual later identified as MELBURNE, while other detectives approached CAFFREY.
An on scene investigation, conducted with assistance from a Tewksbury Police Department K-9 Unit, led to the location of a small amount of cocaine and cash, and the arrest of MELBURNE and CAFFREY.
MELBURNE and CAFFREY were arraigned Wednesday in Lowell District Court.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.