Wellesley Police Log: Drug Arrest After Traffic Stop

The following information was supplied by the Wellesley Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

The following reports were provided by the Wellesley Police Department. Charges where mentioned do not indicate a conviction. 

A car stop by the Wellesley Police lead to a drug arrest last week. On Dec. 12, Officer Christopher Cunningham pulled a blue pickup truck over after observing traffic violations. The officer waited on Grantland Road, after watching the truck drive onto a dead-end street and turn around.

The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts, police say.

When asked for identification, the driver pulled a hatbox out of the rear seat and started going through cards, but ultimately couldn't find his license. He and the passenger both provided police with a name and date of birth. 

After performing a check on both, Cunningham learned that both had suspended licenses. While taking the driver, later identified as Blake Galway of Somerville, 30, into custody, he said that he had given him the wrong name--that of his companion. 

After searching Galway, police found he had a glass pipe used for drugs, and two bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine--the Police Website estimates the value of the bags at about $50,000. At that, police also arrested the passenger, Michael Scanlan of Dorchester, 44. Police brought both into custody. 

While inventorying the car Galway and Scanlan had been driving, they also found a number of credit cards and identification that did not belong to either man, which police believe were stolen. Wellesley Police determined that the cards belonged to three people in the Boston area. 

The inventory also turned up some items purchased with those cards. 

Galway was arrested and charged with driving on a suspended license, failing to signal, trafficking methamphetamine, distribution within a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, six counts of receiving stolen property and four counts of receiving stolen credit cards. 

Scanlan was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, distribution within a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and four counts each of receiving stolen property and receiving stolen credit cards. 

They were held on $10,000 bail apiece. On Tuesday, they were at Dedham District Court held on $20,000 bail. 


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