HYANNIS - With a plan from the brass, execution by Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) members and help from an undercover Massachusetts State Trooper, the Village Green on Main Street in Hyannis just got a little safer.
Since the start of this year, police have received reports of public drunkenness, disorderly conduct and illegal drug distribution. In response to those complaints, SCU was tasked with identifying and targeting those responsible for selling drugs, stealing and assaulting others on the green.
According to a Barnstable police release, SCU zeroed in on a "loosely-affiliated" group, made up mostly of older men with long criminal records. Although many of these men were themselves homeless, they were believed to be responsible for preying on other homeless people in Hyannis as well as business owners and visitors.
SCU, focusing on the illegal distribution of drugs by members of this group, brought in an undercover State Police Trooper assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office. According to Barnstable police, the trooper made several "hand to hand" drug purchases from members of the group between July 17, 2013 and August 7, 2013.
The SCU investigation and undercover drug buys resulted in the issuance of eight arrest warrants.
All eight, suspects according to police, are convicted felons and all are well-known to SCU members and patrol officers. Seven of the men were taken into custody on Friday and charged as follows:
Four of the seven men arrested have open cases in Barnstable District Court, Claudio (4), Lopes (1), Cheek (1) and Burdick (2). Combined, all seven suspects have more than 500 entries in their Massachusetts adult criminal records.
The seven were booked and are being held on $10,000 cash bail until their arraignment on Monday.
Police are searching for the eighth man, Anudra Anderson, 41, of 36 Fresh Holes Road in Hyannis. When captured, Anderson will be charged with distribution of a Class B substance (cocaine)--subsequent offense and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws.
(Top row, left to right: Timmie Barrows, Perry Lee Bell, Christopher Claudio; middle row, left to right: Arcenio Lopes, Marc Cheek, Terry Burdick; bottom row: Shaun McAllister. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photos.)