By Jim Clark
Police officers obtained search warrants last week for a Broadway residence out of which two suspected marijuana dealers were operating.
While conducting surveillance at the residence, officers reportedly observed the two suspects arrive in a car, briefly enter the home, then return to the vehicle and drive away eastbound on Broadway.
The patrol unit followed the suspects along Broadway, as they eventually turned onto Cross St., whereupon a stop was made.
According to reports, a plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana was found in plain sight on the lap of the car’s passenger, Ella Mataev, 24, and another one on the door handle of the side of the driver, Joseph Flynn, 21.
Police said that after being advised of their Miranda rights, one of the suspects, Mataev, made incriminating statements about being involved in marijuana trafficking.
Officers followed up by executing the search warrant at the suspect’s apartment. With the aid of the K-9 unit, more than 3 grams of marijuana, several rounds of ammunition, 2 holsters, digital scales, and packaging material utilized for drug sales were reportedly found.
A subsequent enquiry found that neither suspect had a FID card for the ammunition.
Flynn and Mataev were placed under arrest and charged with conspiracy to violate drug law, drug violation near a park or school, possession of ammunition without a FID card, and drug possession to distribute.