SALEM — After a monthlong investigation into a series of drug complaints in the Park and Lafayette street area, police arrested a resident after finding drugs in his third-floor apartment.
Joseph McMaster, 26, of 32 Harbor St. in Salem, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance (cocaine), and possession with intent to distribute in a school zone. McMaster was arrested at 6:14 p.m. at his address.
After police received the initial complaints of drug activity from area residents, they were able to narrow down a target, Detective J. Dennis Gaudet said.
"We identified a house ... as being a possible target for more narcotics activity," Gaudet said.
Around 5 p.m., police executed a search warrant and found six small bags of cocaine and four small bags of heroin, police said. Gaudet said police also found three scales and packaging equipment as well as "a little over $5,000 (in cash)."
Gaudet said McMaster may not be the sole source of drugs in the area, but the arrest is nevertheless progress toward preventing drug use in Salem.
Other officers involved included Detective Sgt. Stephen Bona, Detective John Doyle, Detective Thomas Brennan and Detective Kevin St. Pierre.