SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 1, 2013

Police: Drugs found after speeding stop

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — Police say they found a significant amount of marijuana and hashish hidden inside floatable key rings after stopping a vehicle on Bridge Street on Wednesday night.

Michael C. Towey, 53, of 350 Cabot St., Beverly, was arrested on charges of possession of class D marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of class C hashish with intent to distribute and speeding, according to a press release from Officer Mike Boccuzzi.

The incident began shortly after 10 p.m., when Officer Thomas Nolan observed a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling at a high rate of speed while he was on routine patrol on Bridge Street, Boccuzzi wrote.

Nolan pulled the vehicle over and, as he approached it, was “drawn to a strong odor of raw marijuana emanating from the vehicle,” Boccuzzi wrote.

“Following a search of the vehicle, officers recovered significant amounts of marijuana and hashish hidden in what are described as single-shot floatable flare key rings primarily used by boaters,” Boccuzzi wrote.

Towey was arrested and transported to the station, where he was booked.

Officer Brian Long assisted with the arrest.