A weekend post on the Bedford Police Department’s Twitter feed noted arrests stemming from a drug investigation on Friday evening, August 23.
In an interview on Monday afternoon, Lt. James Graham praised Officers Weisenborn and Waite along with the police work involved in the arrest. “The officers were very vigilant, ” explained Lt. Graham, “and the pieces fell together through excellent police work, leading to an arrest and seizure of drugs and cash.”
It was not a long-term investigation, Lt. Graham added, but was more immediate, “This is what I see, this is what I found, and then moving forward to identify the alleged drug dealer in a nice piece of police work.”
Once the officers notified Sgt. Paul Saunders of their investigation, many members of the Department were involved. “We all came together,” said Lt. Graham. ” It was a group of us and it was just nice teamwork. The officers performed their investigation, made the arrests, and [it all] went down safely.”
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office shared the following update after Monday’s arraignment in Concord District Court:
On August 23, 2019, at approximately 9:00 p.m., Bedford Police responded to a report of possible drug distribution taking place a hotel on The Great Road in Bedford. Upon arrival, authorities spoke to the defendant who had allegedly been identified as the individual selling drugs out of her hotel room. The defendant told officers they could enter her hotel room. Inside the room officers allegedly located multiple illicit substances, including cocaine, heroin, steroids, and other prescription medications. Police allegedly also observed $3,669 in cash, a scale, glass pipes with burnt ends and plastic baggies which indicated that the illicit substances were intended for distribution.
Christine Coleman, 51, of Waltham, was arraigned in Concord District Court on August 26 in connection with alleged drug sales conducted out of a Bedford hotel room. Coleman was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance, five counts of possession of a Class B substance, subsequent offense, possession of a Class C substance and two counts of possession of a Class E substance. Judge Tejal Mehta set bail at $7,500 cash. The defendant’s bail was then revoked due to a pending case. The next scheduled hearing in this case is October 9.
These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The prosecutor assigned to yesterday’s hearing was Assistant District Attorney Tim Federico.