MARSTONS MILLS - An alleged heroin dealer with a lengthy record was arrested Friday by Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) officers during a dope delivery in a Marstons Mills neighborhood.
According to Barnstable police, an SCU team was conducting surveillance on the driver of a white Dodge pickup. The driver was known to SCU and believed by authorities to be involved in the "street level" distribution of heroin in Marstons Mills, Cotuit and Mashpee, according to police.
With a focus on "open air" drug deals, SCU has had success monitoring parking lots for illegal narcotics activity. The focus has extended to include what the police refer to as "low traffic" residential areas. Neighborhoods that appear to be the new go-to places for drug deals.
The SCU team--Barnstable Officer Peter Ginnetty and Mashpee Officer Michael Assad--followed the pickup to Calvin Hamblin Road in Marstons Mills. There, the officers saw a man in pajama pants and a coat by the side of the road. He appeared to be waiting for someone, police said. The officers watched as the pickup driver proceeded slowly down the road with his headlights off, turned around, then stopped on the side of the road.
The pajama-clad man, identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Rescigno of Calvin Hamblin Road, approached the pickup and Officers Ginnetty and Assad observed what they believed to be a drug transaction, police said.
When stopped and searched, the officers discovered a small bag of heroin on Rescigno. He was placed under arrest and charged with possession of heroin.
The officers found $40 in the cab of the truck, the money allegedly paid to the passenger, 23-year-old Cameron Byers of 438 Old Town Road in Hyannis, police said.
Officer Assad's K9 Lola was deployed. Lola did not indicate the presence of additional heroin on the driver, in the truck or on Rescigno. Lola did however, detect drugs on Byers. Nothing was found when the officers searched Byers. They believed that the drugs Lola smelled where hidden under Byers clothing, "in the area of his buttocks."
Byers was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a Class A drug (heroin) with intent to distribute and transported to the Barnstable Police Station. At the station, Byers was read his rights and told about Lola's sucess rate in finding drugs.
According to police, Byers produced a bag of heroin from inside his underwear in the area Lola had indicated.
The bag contained approximately 4 grams of heroin. Police estimate the street value of the heroin at $400.
Byers posted $500 cash bail and he and Rescigno will appear in Barnstable District Court on Tuesday.
Byers was arrested in Yarmouth in October 2012 after allegedly selling heroin in a gas station parking lot on Route 28. That case is pending, according to police.
Byers was the boyfriend of Gina Giovangelo, who fled from the Barnstable Court House during her arraignment on vehicular homicide charges. Byers and another woman were arrested with Giovangelo at a Wareham motel in May 2010 and charged as accessories to the fact.
(Above: Nikolas Rescigno. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photo.)