An extended family living in the same house in Barnstable’s Cotuit neighborhood were targeted Thursday by a Cape Cod task force investigating the alleged sale of heroin and prescription drugs, officials said today.
According to Barnstable police, a mother, her two sons, and her son’s girlfriend all were living in the same home on Sandalwood Road.
Mason Lavallee, 21, pleaded not guilty in Barnstable District Court to a charge of selling heroin, and was held on $25,000 bail. He had two prior convictions for selling Oxycodone in 2011, police said.
The three other people were charged in the same court with knowingly being present where heroin is kept. Mason’s brother, Ronald Lavallee, mother, Terri Lavallee, and girlfriend, Brittany Poillucci, were all released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty, police said.
Yarmouth and Barnstable police, which has been jointly investigating alleged drug activity at the house at 54 Sandalwood Drive for two months, obtained a warrant to search the home Thursday morning, police said.
Police entered the home at 5 a.m., at which time all four residents were in their respective bedrooms. A police K-9 used to search the home was able to locate two plastic bags containing approximately 60 grams of suspected heroin inside a nightstand in Mason’s bedroom.
The alleged heroin in one of the bags was divided into 29 smaller knotted bags for distribution purposes, the total street value of which was approximately $6,000, police said.
Other drug paraphernalia were also allegedly discovered inside the home’s living room and inside Terri Lavallee’s bedroom, police said.Catalina Gaitan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.