Mistaken identity leads to drug arrest
Steven LaColla, a 23-year-old male from Boston, was arrested by a plain clothes officer after allegedly ordering a 1/4 ounce of heroin from a person he believed to be a drug dealer. LoCalla was actually talking to a Revere police officer assigned to a plain clothes officer-directed patrol. LaColla allegedly made arrangements to meet the officer at Wonderland Station, and after producing the money and attempting to complete the transaction, he was placed under arrest and charged with knowingly being present—Heroin.
Multi-Jurisdiction Task Force ends drug distribution activity
After a month-long investigation, officers from the Massachusetts State Police, Suffolk County Drug Unit, and Chelsea, Revere, and Winthrop detectives arrested Olvin Augusto Lopez of Chelsea and charged him with several counts of Distributing a Class A Substance, heroin. The investigation resulted in three search warrants being issued and the seizure of two motor vehicles and additional evidence that is allegedly consistent with an illegal drug distribution enterprise. The Massachusetts State Police Suffolk County Drug Unit and the Revere, Chelsea, and Winthrop detectives have increased their collaborative efforts and are working together on a more regular basis. The increased resources are a big help to Revere police detectives and the department is looking forward to the results they will be sure to bring.
DEA Task Force nabs 24 in drug operation
After a four-month investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force 2—which is made up of DEA agents from the Boston field office and detectives assigned from the Revere, Saugus, Chelsea, Everett, and Malden police departments—arrested 24 people for alleged drug violations. Five people were arraigned in Boston federal court for Conspiracy and Distribution of Heroin, and 19 people will be prosecuted in the state court system for alleged heroin-related drug violations, including distribution, possession, and knowingly being present. The investigation targeted the Broadway corridor of Revere and the Saugus section of Route 1, where a large number of the illegal street narcotic transactions were allegedly taking place.