Officers exposed to Heroin during Falmouth Bust

Treated at Falmouth Hospital and released
Russell Pena's booking photo, courtesy of Falmouth Police

Today, the Falmouth Police Department, with assistance from the Mashpee Police Department and the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department, executed a motor vehicle search warrant in the public parking area of Falmouth Harbor on Clinton Ave. The operator of the vehicle, Russell Pena, has been the subject of a narcotics investigation where he is suspected of distributing Heroin and Cocaine. The search resulted in the arrest of Pena, 38 yrs. old of Falmouth and a passenger in the vehicle, Michael Lopes, 48 yrs. old of Mashpee. According to a statement by Falmouth Police, they discovered during the search marijuana, cocaine and $1,450 in cash. 

During the booking procedure at the police station Mr. Pena became combative and began to struggle with officers. During this struggle he was able to remove a bag of narcotics believed to be heroin from his pants in the area of his genitals. Pena then tore the bag apart and dispersed the drugs in the air purposely toward and onto the police officers.

Two officers, as well as Mr. Pena, were transported to Falmouth Hospital for treatment for exposure to narcotics.

  • Mr. Pena is being charged with the following offenses:
  • Attempted Murder (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Class B substance 
  • Trafficking a Class A substance 
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Assault and Battery by means of a Dangerous Weapon (2 counts)

Mr. Lopes is being charged with the following offenses:

  • Conspiracy to Violate the Narcotics Laws 
  • Being present where heroin is kept

Both officers and the suspect were treated and released from the Falmouth Hospital. Russell Pena is being held on $25,000 bail and Michael Lopes is being arraigned at Falmouth District Court. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on