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Nantucket SWAT officer bitten by pit bull in drug raid

Nantucket police raided a home in the island community early Wednesday, arresting two people on drug charges as a SWAT team officer was bitten by a pit bull, authorities said.

In a statement, Nantucket police said they entered the residence at 7 Square Rigger Road around 3:20 a.m. and detained eight people inside while the premises were searched.

Investigators found more than $1,000 cash along with suspected cocaine, suspected crack cocaine, and the drug MDMA — known as “Molly,’’ police said.

Also recovered were two digital scales and other items that police said are used in the illicit drug trade.

Nantucket police prosector Jerry Adams said the department’s SWAT team was used to conduct the raid as a precaution given the large number of people inside the residence at the time.

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Two people were arrested. They were identified as Callahan Moore, 26, who is charged with three counts possessing of cocaine with intent to distribute, second offense; distribution of cocaine, second offense; and conspiracy to violate drug laws, police said.

Also charged was Daniel Washington, 26, who faces three counts of cocaine possession with intent to distribute, second offense, police said.

Both were scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

The injured SWAT officer was treated for multiple puncture wounds at Nantucket Cottage Hospital and released, police said.

A third person, whom investigators had hoped to find inside the residence, is being sought on drug charges, police said. The raid grew out of an investigation by Nantucket police and the Cape Cod Drug Task Force.


John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.