Investigation Turns Up Marijuana and Cocaine in Braintree Basement

The following information was supplied by the Braintree Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Braintree police charged a young man and woman with dealing cocaine and marijuana after a tip led them to a basement on Brookside Road.

After watching an alleged drug deal happen at the home Monday afternoon, detectives pulled over two men nearby and found less than an ounce of marijuana on them. Detectives learned where the weed came from and returned to the home, Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.

The homeowner at 28 Brookside Road "was very cooperative" and let police into the basement. Inside, detectives found "numerous mason jars and other
containers containing marijuana, cocaine and other unknown substances that will be sent to the drug lab for testing," Jenkins said.

Detectives also discovered what they believed to be a Class C drug and more than $1,000 in cash.

Steven Zawaski, 19, of Braintree and Casey M. Doherty, 23, of Quincy were arrested and both were charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and cocaine, possession of a Class C substance and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Doherty was also charged with possession of morphine after police found eight pills in her purse.

fed up with police brutality March 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I am friends with both of the alleged "drug dealers". The police pushed the homeowner, a 95 year old grandmother whose caretaker is her grandson, the accused "drug dealer", out of the way after exclaiming "Open this door before you have a goddamn heart attack!"; after she opened it to find out what was going on. They then rushed into the house to search it without a warrant or consent to enter after they screamed at her that there were multiple "girls" and "drugs" in the house. The homeowner ended up having a seizure as a result and was immediately sent to the hospital. There was never any consent from the homeowner and furthermore the drugs didn't even belong to anyone from that residence. This is a perfect example of two people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the police persecuting them on someone else's word to the fullest extent, using nothing but brute force and the "law" to allow them to do so. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME THAT THE BRAINTREE POLICE HAVE STORMED TO THIS HOUSEHOLD, ILLEGALLY ENTERED ON THE WORD OF SOMEONE WITH ZERO CREDIBILITY, WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE HOMEOWNER, AND CAUSED HER TO BE REMOVED AND TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL. The Braintree Police are nothing but a bunch of ruthless thugs with no respect for anyone but themselves, especially not the elderly.
Patrick Desmond March 02, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Sounds to me like the the BPD were vigilant in doing their jobs. Did they or did they not find ILLEGAL (means against the law) drugs in the home? Assuming the 95 year old woman was the homeowner it is her responsibility to know what is in her house. If the 19 year old is the caregiver it is also his responsibility. Those of us law abiding citizens of Braintree appreciate the hard work and vigilance of our local police. It is unfortunate that the woman suffered health problems but blame the poeple who introduced the drugs into the home NOT the police.
Kathleen DeWitt March 02, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Well said Patrick. KathleenDeWitt
lindsey March 02, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Regardless if the residents knew about the drugs or not, if the cops entered without a warrant, then what they did was ILLEGAL!!
Michelle March 02, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Again, well said Patrick! Congrats to the Braintree Police for doing their job well. Let’s hope the Courts put these thugs behind bars where they belong so there won’t be another trip to the house.
fed up with police brutality March 02, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The BPD was vigilant in breaking the law and entering without the consent of the homeowner, or a warrant. This is not the first time that the homeowner, a 95 year old woman, was sent to the hospital as a direct result of the brute force used by the BPD to forcefully enter the home on a whim. The residents did not know about the drugs.
fed up with police brutality March 02, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Brilliant deduction, Michelle. Jail the computer engineering college student(and his girlfriend who happened to be there) for being in his own home while the police felt the need to push his grandmother out of the way as she answered the door, storm in, turn the home upside down illegally, discover drugs that no-one was even aware of. Congratulations to the Braintree Police for once again blatantly, forcefully violating the laws that they swear to uphold. The prior visits to the home by the Braintree Police were for alleged domestic violence(both times being prank calls that the Braintree Police received), which is not possible because there hasn't been a married couple living in that household for over 13 years. The Braintree Police ignored the word of the homeowner that nothing was going on inside, and that there was no call placed from the home. But why would they want to listen to the homeowner? Remember, this is Braintree. The Police are apparently by law free to enter any household illegally on a whim, just because someone pointed a finger. Why should an elderly woman and her grandson and caretaker have to live in fear because someone can point a finger and get their home raided by law enforcement?
Mary March 03, 2013 at 07:25 AM
And I quote Patrick, "ILLEGAL (means against the law)" is entering a residence for an investigation WITHOUT A WARRANT. Had there been a warrant, I would applaud the BPD for their due diligence in protecting the fine law-abiding citizens of Braintree, let alone the rest of Massachusetts. I am SICK and TIRED of drug-dealers/thugs and their ruthlessness, but I am DISGUSTED and consider it an abomination for the ILLEGAL MEANS (not to mention immoral treatment of the elderly homeowner) by which the BPD "entered" the home.
Marc March 03, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I can't wait for marijuana to be fully legal in this state and in this country. If it was, none of what took place Monday would've happened.
Kristina March 04, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Interesting finger pointing. The lovely old woman that lived there would not know what she didn't see. Pretty easy to conceal a drug deal from someone that didn't know. She feels safe in her home and grandson must take good care of her. But it's a perfect set up to deal drugs to make money. He is too young to care about the elderly woman's rights to safety. And to have a 23 year old morphine pill popping girlfriend there too? Sounds pretty trashy--those kids need to clean up their act.
Amanda March 04, 2013 at 12:38 PM
If the drugs were not the homeowner's (which would be shocking), her grandson and/or his girlfriend's, then who do they belong to? Obviously someone put them there and I'm sure it wasn't the elderly woman. Is there another party who lives in the house or who has access to the house? Clearly someone is taking advantage of the fact the homeowner either doesn't access her basement or doesn't know what she's seeing when she does. Regardless, maybe whomever used the basement for drug purposes should consider what their role is in the elderly woman having to be hospitalized. Clearly it wasn't solely on the Braintree Police - if the drugs weren't there (which they obviously were) they wouldn't have had occasion to enter the house.
fed up with police brutality March 04, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Too young to care about the elderly woman's safety, you say? Do you know the first thing that was done as soon as he was released from holding at BPD? He visited his grandmother at the hospital. As for the "23 year old morphine pill popping girlfriend", I love it when people point fingers when they have no idea of the actual situation. She is a college graduate and aspiring teacher who has been unable to find work despite her qualifications, and has never so much as gotten a parking ticket. The only thing trashy is your assumption that the BPD is incapable of any kind of fallacy, and that the "facts" in this article are true. I'm sure if the events were portrayed accurately your statement wouldn't even vaguely resemble the former. This entire situation is nothing but a tragic waste of resources and a total desecration of the feeling of safety you should have within your own home.
Chet March 04, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Thanks to "fed up" for adding such interesting details. As Lucy says above, if the drugs aren't yours, your girlfriend's, or your grandmother's, then whose are they? Do tell.
Linda March 05, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Nothing they did was Illegal! The only thing illegal were the drugs being dealt and the 95 yo being taken advantage of by Criminals! And as the old saying goes, takes one to know one!
fed up with police brutality March 05, 2013 at 03:01 PM
If by "nothing they did was illegal!" you mean that the police were never permitted to enter the home and forced their way in, you're absolutely right. That is the epitome of "illegal search and seizure."
Chet March 05, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Tell it to the judge. According to the chief of police as quoted in the article, the homeowner was "very cooperative." If it was just the weed, people like me MIGHT be slightly sympathetic toward your claims, but the cocaine and possible heroin put you (or your friends) into an entirely different category, the kind that deserves no sympathy whatsoever.
Linda March 05, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Agreed Mack!
Maude March 11, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Haven't quite figured out the "family dynamics" the 95 year old women has a 19 year old grandson as her care taker....Balony! Don't believe it think the unemployed 23 year old "aspiring" teacher and the 19 year old "student" are looking for GRAM to scam
Lemony Snicker March 13, 2013 at 10:01 PM
That 8 comment was a mistake. Anywho they should've had a warrent no questions asked this literally shouldnt've happened because they literally shouldn'tve been able to search the basement without one let alone her purse!?!? And take stuff!! Just saying even if the grandmother let them in the house they can look and thats it. And I'm glad you're all so comforted, what are you to be afraid of??? I bet those cops wish they could roll up a doobie and and watch caddyshack and I'm sure half of them do behind closed doors. You people trust the law all too much, they are not dieties and I'm positive some of them do worse than weed. Cops have had the light shone on them time and time again and I'm sure the bpd are no different. Sucks for them honestly, I wish them the best of luck and hope they don't get it too bad =/.


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