WEST YARMOUTH - While on patrol in West Yarmouth Tuesday around 4:15 p.m., members of the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) witnessed what they suspected to be a drug transaction in the parking lot of 7-Eleven at 444 Route 28. According to a Barnstable police release, additional backup was requested and officers approached the occupants of two cars.
According to police, Dawn Sears, 37, of Dennis and Adam H. Coleman, 42, of Dennis, both in one car, were meeting John M. Benevides, 31, of Yarmouth to allegedly purchase heroin.
Officers seized seven grams of heroin and $276 in cash from Benevides's person. Coleman and Sears both had hypodermic needles, police said.
Benevides was reportedly driven to the parking lot by an unidentified 23-year-old female friend. That woman's 4-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the bust, police said.
Benevides, Coleman and Sears were taken into custody and transported to the Yarmouth police station for booking. Benevides was charged with possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Both Sears and Coleman were charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Sears was reportedly released on personal recognizance and Coleman was held on $1,000 cash bail. Benevides, who had an outstanding default warrant issued by Barnstable Superior Court for a probation violation, was held without bail. All three were arraigned in Barnstable District Court on Wednesday, November 27.