Five charged with selling, buying heroin
On Thursday, December 1, five men were arrested in Weymouth on a drug sting in several convenience store parking lots. One, Joshua Desmond, was charged with selling heroin, and the other four of buying.
On Friday, December 2, they were arraigned in Quincy District Court. The arraignments were spread out over the course of the day. Three of the defendants were in custody: Michael Browne, Joshua Brown, and Joshua Desmond. Two, David Barron and Matthew Earner, were in the gallery.
The alleged dealer Joshua Desmond was charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute heroin, two counts of distributing heroin, possession of both Class A and C drugs, selling drugs near a school, and shoplifting (of three eggs).
The DA asked for $10,000 bail because police witnessed him having five short hand-to-hand interactions in local parking lots and when searching his apartment, found drug-selling paraphernalia such as scales and plastic bags. He was found with $600 in cash on him.
His defense attorney argued that no drugs were found on him or on any of the defendants brought forth today. He said he has so much cash on him because he is homeless.
Joshua Brown was charged with possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He has another open case set for a jury trial in December. The DA asked for $1,500 bail and for bail to be revoked for his open case. His attorney argued that the police did not clearly see him buying drugs and there were no drugs found on him, only on someone else in the car he was riding in.
The next date in court for all five defendants is December 19.