Falmouth police arrest Level 2 sex offender, seize heroin and cash

Second subject also arrested during search warrant execution
Edward R. Purdy was arrested after a search of his vehicle yielded 9 grams of heroin. Falmouth Police Department booking photo.

EAST FALMOUTH - An East Falmouth man faces multiple drug charges following his arrest Thursday afternoon. According to a Falmouth police release, officers executed a search warrant on a car belonging to 25-year-old Edward A. Purdy. The search warrant was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Falmouth Police Drug Task Force and the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office. During the investigation, illegal drugs were reportedly bought from Purdy on several occasions.

During the search of the vehicle, police reportedly seized 9 grams of heroin and $1,000 in cash. Police estimate the street value of the heroin at $2,300. Purdy was arrested and transported to the Falmouth Police Station where he was booked and charged with possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute, drug violation near a school/park, intimidation of a witness and threat to commit a crime (murder), according to police.

Purdy, who is a Level 2 sex offender according to police, was also charged with failure to register as a sex offender. 

During the incident, a second man, 23-year-old Corey A. Rapoza of East Falmouth, was also arrested for creating a disturbance, police said. Rapoza was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon (a spring-loaded knife), possession of  a Class A substance (heroin) and disorderly conduct. Police said they were alerted to Rapoza allegedly attempting to discard illegal drugs by a nearby citizen honking their car horn. There were also two open warrants for Rapoza (shoplifting, OUI, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and other traffic offenses), police said.

Both Purdy and Rapoza will be arraigned in Falmouth District Court. Police did not disclose the relationship between the two men, if any.

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