Police say 2 men facing serious drug and firearm charges in New England city
LOWELL — Police say two men are facing serious drug and firearms charges after a sting operation Friday.
According to the Lowell Police Department, a search warrant was obtained for 1280 Middlesex St. after a lengthy investigation led detectives and gang units to believe drug activity was gong on.
Detectives say that Channa Phan and Dallas Price-Fletcher were stopped leaving the residence and held while police searched the home.
Reports show that police officer Chris Hanson and his K-9 Bossi were called to the traffic stop to check the vehicle thoroughly.
Police say that K-9 Bossi alerted police to a "mechanical hide" inside of the dashboard of the vehicle.
According to detectives, inside the converted air bag space was 25 individually wrapped baggies of what was believed to be crack cocaine.
Also found in the vehicle was $3969 in cash, police said.
Price-Fletcher and Phan were placed under custody while the search continued at the Middlesex Street residence.
Police said while they were inside Apt. 1 they found more crack cocaine, scales and other items consistent with illegal drug operations.
A second search warrant was issued to search Apt. 5 after suspicion of more illegal drug activity.
While inside that apartment, officers found a large illegal marijuana plant along with eight large bags of marijuana, three firearms, and 14 plastic baggies containing suspected crack cocaine weighing 207 grams, police said.
Price-Fletcher was charged with trafficking cocaine over 200 grams, possession of class D marijuana with intent to distribute, three counts illegal possession of a firearm, three counts improper storage of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and receiving stolen property as one of the firearms was reported stolen from Manchester, New Hampshire.
Court dates for both of the men have yet to be set.