Police make drug arrests after tenant landlord dispute

Chelsea Police Officers confiscated several pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $10,000 and seized over $8,000.00 in U.S. currency after responding to a landlord/tenant dispute last week.

Chelsea Officers were called to 110 Prescott Avenue at 4:50 p.m. last Tuesday by the apartment’s landlord who complained of loud music and an odor of drugs coming from an apartment unit.

The landlord who is the owner of the apartment building told officers he went to speak to the tenants about the noise complaint when he observed the door wide open and loud music playing.

Officers went to the unit and verified the landlord’s complaint. Officers attempted to announce their arrival by knocking on the open door and stating their purpose over a television set that was said to be “very loud” by the officers.

The officers also noticed the doorway to the balcony was wide open. Due to recent breaking and entering incidents in the area, the officers entered through the open door to ensure the safety of those inside and to make sure that the renters were not victimized.

Once inside the doorway officers observed in plain view several pounds of marijuana in various sized packages and a large amount of cash. Officer’s immediately seized the drugs and cash.

Police then set up surveillance near the apartment and arrested two individuals for Illegal Distribution of Class “D” and Conspiracy after verifying both were in control of the apartment.

Hamza Salim age 27 and Faisal Boumehdi age 25 both of Chelsea were arraigned in Chelsea District Court on last Wednesday.

Chelsea residents are reminded they can provide information anonymously to the Police Department by calling the 24 hour Crime Stoppers TIP line at 617-466-4880 or texting the word “Chelsea” and then their message to tip411 (847411) from their cell phone. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted right to the Police Departments website at www.chelseapolice.com.

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