Suspected pot dealers nabbed

On February 5, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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.


12 Responses to “Suspected pot dealers nabbed”

  1. wow says:

    “marijuana dealers, marijuana trafficking…..more than 3 grams of marijuana (less 4grams)”. If the did not have several rounds of ammunition & 2 holsters. it would of been a waste of time. even now with no guns… what are they going to do throw bullets at you. lol

  2. A. Moore says:

    They probably didn’t know what date that they could sell their pot.

  3. Mr. Info says:

    I don’t think most people know. But as of now the medical marijuana bill has passed and is the LAW. There might now be dispensaries on every corner in every town. But you IF/ can get a medical Dr. to write a note stating smoking weed helps you medically… on a napkin for that matter… you can legally grow marijuana in your backyard, until the “whole dispensarie” stuff worked out ( Taxed at the state level ). AGAIN STATE LEVEL ONLY. IF YOUR NEIGHBORS CALL THE DEA U R ALL DONE!!! Got a letter from my Dr. and already got some GREAT looking stuff growing.

  4. Mr. Info says:

    yeah boy… 100% correct. Forget da police and their marijuana charges. THAT GAME IS OVER!!!

  5. mememe says:


    So ’cause they owned a few bullets and 2 pieces of leather, it was not ‘a waste of time’?

    They had their rights violated, likely hundreds of police hours (on going surveillance, numerous cops at the arrest, case built up, paper work after, going to court, paying to supervise them while in jail) wasted, thousands of tax payer dollars down the drain.

    And even if you believe that you or politicians have a right to regulate what people willing put in their bodies, this case had no effect on the availability of pot.

    Wow, what are you smoking to believe that finding a few bullets made this worth the while? Imagine if those cops were working to prevent rapes. Or if the money was spent feeding the poor. While people like you keep being apologist for the Drug War, rational thought will not prevail. You are part of the problem, attempting to justify the police state.

  6. Ron Newman says:

    Why are the Somerville police wasting their time on this victimless ‘crime’ ?

  7. Sam says:

    Sounds like someone ratted them out if cops were doing surveillance work on a couple of 20-somethings. Wouldn’t be surprised if this had a ripple effect that resulted in something violent. “Snitches get stitches” mentality after all. The ammo and holsters without guns thing is a little weird though.

  8. mememe says:

    @Ron, cant fully blame the Cops. The enforce the laws on the books, and while they can turn a blind eye, they are just doing their job.

    Blame the politicians and the busy bodies that feel they know what is best for others, and feel that writing more laws is the best solution.

  9. Claire says:

    @ Mr. Info – The state can not tax the marijuana shops because they will be non-profit. The state can not tax non-profit organizations.

  10. mememe says:

    @Claire That is not true. Non-profit status means you are exempt from the Federal (and often State) income tax. The vast majority of sales to customers still have to collect sales tax. This is because business never pay the sales tax on sales to customers, but are just acting as the states agent, collecting sales from the customer.

    I’m sure that marijuana shops will be taxed, and that is one of the huge arguments for them. Why pay billions of dollars to enforce what people can or cant put in their own bodies, when you can just tax them.

  11. Ron Newman says:

    They can and should turn a blind eye. Enforcing these outdated laws is inconsistent with Somerville’s efforts to become a place where artistic and creative people live and work.

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