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).
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).
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).
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.
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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