SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 10, 2013

Web tip leads to cocaine arrest

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — Police say the recent arrest of a Jacobs Street man on a charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute was the result of a tip submitted to them online.

David Davis, 47, of 13 Jacobs St., was charged on Oct. 3 with possession with intent to distribute class B cocaine, operating with a revoked registration, operating without insurance and operating with an expired inspection sticker, according to a statement released yesterday by the department.

The investigation into Davis was prompted by an online tip reporting “suspected narcotics activity” in the area of Rantoul and Federal streets, police wrote.

“Detectives conducted surveillance along this area, and on this evening observed what was believed to be a drug transaction taking place,” wrote police. “A male party identified as Davis was stopped after this observation for the above motor-vehicle violations.”

Inside Davis’ vehicle, detectives found a substantial amount of cocaine, an officer said last night.

The investigation was conducted by Detective Sgt. Dave Faustino and Detective Dana Nicholson.

“The Beverly Police Department encourages all its citizens to leave Web tips if they feel illegal activity is taking place, and applaud the citizen whom sent this tip in,” wrote police.

Tips can be sent to the department at www.beverlypd.org/webtips.html.