Falmouth police and a county SWAT team raided a home on Carriage Shop Road Thursday morning, August 14, leading to an arrest and seizure of approximately 10 grams of heroin and 50 Percocet pills.
“This was a real good hit,” said Detective Christopher P. Bartolomei with the Falmouth Police Department special narcotics division.
Arrested was 21-year-old Vincent J. Carlino. Detectives said they had information that connects him to recent heroin sales and the recent overdoses.
Falmouth, Mashpee and Barnstable detectives began an investigation two months ago.
“We’ve been getting numerous complaints from the neighbors here,” Det. Bartolomei said, outside the colonial-style home shortly after 6 AM Thursday.
With the morning dew still fresh on the grass, six people who were present in the home at the time of the arrest sat in a circle in plastic handcuffs on the lawn outside the home. Mr. Carlino sat behind tinted windows of a police cruiser. Police did not release the names of the other residents. Two K-9 units with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department circled the East Falmouth property.
Found inside was a Remington 20-gauge shotgun with shells, body armor, .22-caliber ammunition, heroin, 43 OxyCotin pills, a digital scale, and cash. Also found was a BB gun shaped like an automatic rifle in a shed on the property.
A SWAT team with Barnstable, Mashpee, and Falmouth police raided the Carriage Shop Road home shortly after 5 AM. Mr. Carlino climbed out of a back window and onto the roof when the team entered the home, Det. Bartolomei said. He then ran to the peak of the roof where he was met by another division of the SWAT team. Once trapped, he circled back and threw the drugs onto the ground, Det. Bartolomei said. He was then arrested.
“He’s 21 years old so he’s been dealing to a lot of the younger kids who have been overdosing. We knew that,” Det. Bartolomei said. “Once we got the names back from some of these overdose cases, and once we heard the name of the dealer and had the ability to make a case, the chief and the captain authorized us to make the hit.”
In the last year, Mr. Carlino has been arrested on numerous criminal charges including three counts of vandalism, receiving a stolen vehicle, statutory rape, and criminal motor vehicle infractions.
UPDATE August 14, 2014, 10:51 AM:
In a press release sent at 10:30 AM Thursday morning, Falmouth police released further information about the raid. There were 12 people in the home at the time of entry, including a pregnant woman and a female child. Additional items found in the home were 10 Suboxone sublingual strips, pepper spray, a digital scale, and $1,791 cash.
In addition to Mr. Carlino, police arrested three other Falmouth residents for warrants. William Matchem, 25, Tina Carlino, 43, and Michael Costa, 24. Police did not release the charges from the warrants.
Mr. Carlino was arrested for possession with intent to distribute a Class A drug, two charges of possession with Intent to distribute a Class B drug, possession of a shotgun without a license, and possession of ammunition without a license.
There were no reported injuries in this incident. The pregnant female stated that she was uninjured, but was evaluated at the scene by Falmouth Fire Rescue EMTs as a precaution.