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Braintree Scanner Tales: Braintree man caught selling marijuana out of shed, Police make cocaine drug bust, Quincy man charged with theft

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  May 20, 2013 11:04 AM

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Braintree man caught selling weed out of shed

A Braintree teenager was arrested on May 8 after allegedly selling marijuana out of an Edgemont Road shed.

A neighbor reported to police that he was seeing teenagers unfamiliar to him going in and out of the shed over the past several weeks. He had also been finding Ziploc bags and similar trash discarded on or near his property.

Police went to the shed and located the suspect and five other individuals, ages 16 and 17, inside.

Police found a quantity of marijuana, a scale, Ziploc bags, and a quantity of Ecstasy in the room.

Joseph N. Gauthier, 18, of Braintree was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and possession of Ecstasy. The remaining youths were released to their parents.

Police make cocaine drug bust

A man from Hyde Park was arrested on May 9 after police saw him allegedly selling cocaine.

According to police, detectives were patrolling the Granite Street area and saw what they believed to be a drug transaction between the Hyde Park man and a woman.

Police said the pair met up at the Granite Street gas station and the woman approached the man’s car, engaging in some sort of activity before soon parting ways.

As police approached, the man drove off at a high rate of speed and the woman walked away quickly.

Police apprehended the woman before she reached her car and confronted her with their suspicions. According to police, a quantity of crack cocaine was found in her possession.

Police also drove after the male suspect, locating him on Brierwood Road. He was arrested shortly thereafter.

Charles W. Nation Jr., 29, of Hyde Park, was charged with distribution of crack cocaine, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, failure to stop for a police officer, and operating a motor vehicle after suspension.

The woman, a 52-year-old from Sharon, will be summonsed to court on charges of possession of crack cocaine and conspiracy. Her name has not been released, as she has not yet been charged.

Quincy man charged with theft

A Quincy man was arrested on May 11 after allegedly stealing a Braintree ATM and later stealing money from a Braintree business.

According to police, the suspect entered a restricted area at Braintree’s McConnell Industries.

An employee found the suspect and held him until police arrived.

The suspect gave police a false name when questioned, but officers soon learned of his true identity after he left the area.

Police said the suspect had an outstanding arrest warrant for a drug offense, and later turned himself in at the police station after an attempt to arrest him on the warrant was unsuccessful.

David Attardo, 48, of Quincy was charged with breaking and entering in the daytime, and breaking and entering into a depository.

Attardo also faces charges for the Jan. 3 theft of an ATM machine from F1 Boston, which was later located in Boston Harbor.

Braintree detectives said they received help in identifying the man from several sources, including a local business owner who read about the ATM theft in a local newspaper and remembered seeing a suspicious truck in the area.

The truck was later connected to Attardo.

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