, Salem, MA

July 3, 2013

Two arrested at site of previous shooting

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SWAMPSCOTT — Police say they arrested two people and seized 8 ounces of marijuana Monday night after being called to a Hillside Avenue address known as the site of a shooting earlier this year.

Michael Arias, 25, of 19 Pinkham St., Lynn, was arrested on a charge of possession to distribute of a class D drug. A 15-year-old Lynn boy was arrested on a charge of distribution of a class D drug, according to the incident log.

Police were called to 40 Hillside Ave. about 7:50 p.m. after a report of a suspicious vehicle with somebody lying down in the back seat, according to a press release from Detective Sgt. Timothy P. Cassidy and the log.

Whoever called police also said a second party had walked down the street to a house that had been involved in a previous shooting.

When police approached the vehicle, they found one person in the driver’s seat and one person lying down in the back seat, Cassidy wrote.

“The officers also observed in plain view a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana,” Cassidy wrote.

In addition to the marijuana, police said they found the duo to be in possession of “plastic baggies for packaging, a scale and nine smaller baggies already packaged for sale.”

Both were brought to the Swampscott station for booking after their arrest; the juvenile was subsequently released to a parent.

Swampscott police had previously assisted Lynn officers in investigating a shooting on Hillside Avenue about 6 a.m. on April 30. It was unclear if the street had seen another shooting previous to that, though the press release from Cassidy did refer to 40 Hillside Ave. as an “area where past shootings had occurred.”