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3 people charged with drug crimes after hotel raid

Three Massachusetts residents were taken into police custody after a SWAT team executed a search warrant at a hotel in Peabody. According to the Peabody Police Chief, the three accused people are suspected of being drug distributors, and police believe that they may have been selling narcotics from the hotel room where they were staying. The accused individuals are a 30-year-old man, a 51-year-old man and a 42-year-old woman, all from Lynn.

Police officers called the NEMLEC SWAT team to assist with the search warrant because they believed that the 30-year-old man had a firearm. The man had reportedly violated the terms of his probation for a firearm charge. Before the man was found in Peabody, the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Squad had located him in Danvers.

Police reportedly found a revolver and a 9mm firearm when they conducted the search. The 30-year-old man was charged for two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm as well as possession with intent to distribute class A and B drugs. The 51-year-old man was charged for possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute and trafficking a class A drug. The 42-year-old woman was charged for trafficking class A and B drugs.

People could end up being falsely charged with drug crimes if they happen to be at a residence when police conduct a search warrant. A criminal defense attorney may be able to represent a defendant in this situation and help them to argue that they were not taking part in or aware of any drug activities.

Source: Peabody Patch, "Peabody Police, SWAT Arrest Suspected Drug Distributers," Taylor Rapalyea, Feb. 7, 2017

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