Blackstone Police Arrest 3 in Cocaine, Fentanyl Distribution

 by TWIW StaffDecember 16, 2019

BLACKSTONE, MA—A third person in a ring has been arrested for distributing drugs as part of Blackstone police’s ongoing drug enforcement effort, according to Chief Gregory Gilmore. 

John Sawtelle, 38, of North Smithfield, RI, turned himself in to Blackstone Police on Dec. 12 on a warrant. He was charged with distribution of a Class B substance (cocaine). 

 

December 16, 2019 Blackstone Police Department
Photo of John Sawtelle/Courtesy of Blackstone PD

Blackstone resident Danielle Perry, 48, was arrested on Nov. 26 after a search warrant of her home on Canal Street. She was charged with distribution of a Class B substance (cocaine). 

 

December 16, 2019 Blackstone Police Department
Photo of Danielle Perry courtesy Blackstone PD

 

Malda Tyks, 44, of Blackstone, is known to Blackstone police She was arrested after a search warrant of her home on Main Street on Oct. 18 and charged with Distribution of Class A substance (fentanyl). 

 

December 16, 2019 Blackstone Police Department
Photo of Malda Tyks, courtesy Blackstone Police Department

 

The arrests come as part of a larger drug enforcement effort being conducted by the Blackstone Police over the past several months under the direction of newly appointed Chief Gilmore. The effort has included multiple searches and arrests of people believed to be involved in the alleged possession, sale and distribution of various narcotics, including cocaine, heroin and fentanyl in the Blackstone area in recent weeks and months, said police. 

"Upon taking office, one of my immediate priorities was to ramp up narcotic enforcement in the community," Gilmore said. "As a former member of the Blackstone Valley Drug and Counter Crime Task Force, I've seen firsthand how aggressive interdiction can reduce local drug use and distribution. These deadly drugs pose a danger to this community and our department will continue to actively and aggressively seek out and prosecute anyone endangering the health and welfare of the citizens of Blackstone."

Gilmore said he wanted to thank the members of the Blackstone Police Department and the Blackstone Valley Drug and Counter Crime Task Force, detectives from the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early's office and members of the local FBI High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) group for their continued assistance in the counter-drug effort.

The enforcement operation remains active and ongoing and further information will be released as it becomes available.

Lead photos courtesy Blackstone police


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