VIA THE CAPE COD TIMES ONLINE
MARSTONS MILLS – Police arrested an alleged street-level heroin dealer along with two other people Thursday at a Lakeside Drive home.
Gerald Lopes, 31, was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin. Following his arraignment Friday, his bail was revoked for a September arrest and he was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail on the new charges.
Also arrested and charged with knowingly being present where heroin is kept were Edward McDougall, 50, and Kathleen O’Connor, 50.
Lopes has a criminal history beginning in 1996 and has been arraigned 56 times as an adult, according to a press release from the Barnstable police.
His record includes multiple convictions for distribution of narcotics.
At the time of his arrest, Lopes was out of bail from a September arrest in a Yarmouth motel for possession with intent to distribute heroin.
In October, police began to investigate Lopes for dealing drugs out of the home at 19 Lakeside Drive.
The investigation ended Thursday when Lt. Sean Balcom and other narcotics officers executed a search warrant. The total heroin seizure had an estimated street value of $500, the press release stated.
“Lopes is very well known to the narcotics unit,” said Detective Sgt. John Murphy of the Barnstable Police Department.
Lopes has been convicted and incarcerated three separate times for illegal possession of firearms.
In February 2009, he was found guilty in Barnstable District Court of illegal possession of a firearm. He was given a two-year jail sentence.
In November 2006, Lopes was found guilty in Barnstable Superior Court for illegal possession of firearm and distribution of cocaine and given an 18-month jail sentence.
In August of 2002, Lopes was found guilty in Bristol County Superior Court for illegal possession of a firearm. He received a one-year sentence.
Balcom deemed Lopes a threat to the community and made the investigation a priority, Murphy said.
“Police investigators are pleased with the results given Lopes’ criminal background,” Murphy said.