Police on Snow Removal Duty Make Drug Bust

Salem police officers working to move cars off of Gardner Street Thursday afternoon allegedly walked in on a group of alleged drug dealers and ended up making six arrests.

Prior to approaching 26 Gardner St., Salem police officers had used their sirens and a PA system to announce to neighborhood residents that all vehicles parked along the roadway needed to be moved for snow removal.

When officers came back a half-hour later, they reportedly found six vehicles parked along the street and ended up knocking on the front door at about 1 p.m., Lt. Mary Butler said Thursday night.

When officers were told to "come inside, it's open", they reportedly entered the building and discovered a group of people sitting around a coffee table conducting a marijuana transcation, Butler said.

"They found a bunch of people just sitting around a table there with (marijuana) right in the common hallway," Butler said.

After a brief investigation, police confiscated an undisclosed amount of marijuana, a digital scale and made the following arrests:

  • Chad L. Goodwin, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.
  • Christopher Mastropietro, 21, of 44 Gage Ave., Revere, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Sarra E. Bergeron, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Kasey J. Higgins, 19, of 32 Stewart St., Billerica, was arrested on a charge of conspiracy to violate a drug law.
  • Andrew J. Cetola, 22, of 26 Gardner St., Salem, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.
  • Stephen E. Taylor, 20, of 91 Bellfloer Road, Billerica, was arrested on a charge of possessing a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.


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keri basp February 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM
What dum kids...they deserve to be arrested....day....come in....or maybe they smelt something and opened door and all arrests can be tossed out for warentless entry.....yes that's sound more like it
SuzannM February 15, 2013 at 01:31 PM
You know theyre going to throw out the majority of these charges. The court will spend more going through the motions just so the cops can make a point. Isnt marijuana use noncriminal now?
Bill February 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM
come on - it's weed - who cares. Waste of tax dollars and police time.
Joeli Gewirtz February 15, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I was interested until I read it was pot. Don't our law enforcement personnel have better things to do than bust some youngsters selling pot? There are worse (illegal) things. Can't we smoke pot now for a small fine if "caught"? How do they expect we obtain that pot?
Leonard Nicodemo February 15, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Yeah, its a dumb waste of time and money.. but when you walk in and see baggies and scale..its kinda tough to just turn your back, even if its just a bunch of college kids. If they walked in on the kids just smoking and hanging out, they probably wouldn't have cared.
Giaflower February 15, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Waste of tax dollars and police time. They should be fighting real crime. Like the idiots doing 60 down Lafayette street. That's more dangerous than a few kids selling a couple bags of weed.
Billie McGregor February 15, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Just another circle of stupidity - from the people who left their cars on the street to the police who entered without a warrant and arrested them for cannabis. It ain't rocket science and you would think somebody would have figured it out before this happened. Why didn't the police just have the cars towed in the first place, you know that they have that number on speed dial.
shannon February 15, 2013 at 08:42 PM
this deserves to be on the show "Worlds dumbest Criminals"....
Valerie May Smith February 16, 2013 at 02:09 PM
I know I feel much safer and more confident in our local law enforcement knowing they protect us from....GASP...college kids with pot. :P
Simon Vaughn Markham February 16, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Wow good job salem pd! We will stop those stoners from buying all the snacks at the store and watching all the netflix!!! oh wow you can smell weed! the people selling cocaine, heroin, percocets... they don't smell like marijuana. they have no smell, and are selling drugs that kill people. get your priorities straight.
Joseph Edwards February 16, 2013 at 05:44 PM
The job of the PD is to enforce the law. This is what they did here and until the law changes that is they are expected to do. These young schmucks are nothing more than criminals in training and if they have any brains at all this will put a little fear into their hearts.
Me February 17, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Even more sick is that the generation running this country were all the hippy's that were also pot heads and may still be pot heads. Some remarks made by Hillary Clinton lead me to believe she is still at it.
Amber Blue February 17, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Amber Blue February 17, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Anyone that knows that particular house, it has music blaring and trash everywhere....it brings the neighborhood down and not a good scene.
Diane H February 18, 2013 at 12:01 AM
As far as I am concerned, the SPD do an exceptional job with all the criminals and cretins they have to deal with. What do you want them to do when faced with a situation like this? The dopes told them the door was open and to come in...they didn't need a warrant for that! If they had been hanging out sharing one, it probably would not have been an issue. Selling is another story....I don't care but it IS the law and the job of the police is to enforce the law! All those complaining about the police doing their job are probably the same ones that would complain if the police didn't do their job and looked the other way.....If you break the law, prepare to pay the consequences and don't complain about people doing the job that we hired them and pay them to do!
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:24 AM
First of all. Pot is NOT legal in mass. Hence if you are found in possesion of under an ounce you face a fine. That was probably not to bog the system down more. Selling, and buying of pot is illegal. See the catch? Look up the law people, I have heard from more teens who think it's legal it is not. Anyone who thinks it is is stupid and ignorant. They were given permission to enter no warrant needed. They came by to ask people to move cars. Once they were given admission into the apt and found scales, bags, cell phones, and probably cash there is an automatic distribution charge. That is perfectly legal. I know some hear don't want to hear that but it's the truth. To bad. You say it's only pot so what? Would you want them dealing next to your house? Probably not. I do hope it scared the crap out of them but I doubt it. Good one for SPD.
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Simon, If you knew anything about this stuff it all goes hand in hand. Starts out as pot then on to others in the promise of mnaking more cash. No one starts out selling coke or heroin right from the jump. It's a progression, like anything else. I am assuming they rent this apartment. How do you think the landlord would feel knowing this was going on in his house? That's puts him in a bad way as well.
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Reread it. They were told to enter as it was open. No warrant needed.
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:37 AM
One last thing to all of you on here complaining about the cops bothering the college kids, remember that shootings occur with bad drug deals. There was one in Billerica about a year ago. Another where two brothers were killed in lowell, thought to be a drug deal. Nothing good comes of this. Happens all the time, and yes it comes with the sale of pot as well.
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM
Not necessarily but they will probably plea it down. How often do cops walk in on a drug deal? LOL that's a boat load of stupid. These kids should close up shop before they hurt themselves any further.
Whatdo yacare February 28, 2013 at 12:51 AM
You should probably read up on the law. A lot of you are incorrect as to what the law states and could find yourself in hot water. It was decriminalized but it still isn't entirely legal as most think. Did you know if you smoke a joint and get behind the wheel of a car you can be charges with OUI?


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