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October 30, 2013

Two alleged drug dealers held on high cash bail

LAWRENCE — Two alleged drug dealers arrested by state troopers in Methuen were ordered held in lieu of very high cash bail yesterday.

Jonathan Galindo, 26, of 665 Essex St., Lawrence, and Edwardo Beato, 24, of 42 Oakland Ave., Methuen, were arrested on warrants charging them with numerous narcotic and firearms violations at around 5 a.m. Monday by troopers assigned to the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section. They were arrested at Beato’s home.

Lawrence District Court Judge Mark Sullivan set Galindo’s bail at $300,000 cash and Beato’s at $150,000. The defendants are being held at Middleton jail pending a Nov. 27 probable cause hearing.

Police found large quantities of cocaine, marijuana and crack cocaine in the home as well as several loaded firearms and an electronic stun gun, according to a report filed with the court by Trooper Brian O’Neill. The guns seized by troopers included two revolvers, a .38 caliber and a .22 caliber; and two semiautomatic pistols, a 9 mm and a .22 caliber.

The troopers also seized $1,733 in cash, digital scales and 90 pills of an unknown substance, according to O’Neill’s report.

When the troopers went to 42 Oakland Ave. to make the arrests, Galindo and Beato initially tried to barricade themselves inside a bedroom before surrendering, O’Neill wrote.

Galindo and Beato are charged with possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card (five counts), using a firearm in the commission of a felony (three counts), possession of a large-capacity firearm, using a large-capacity firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of an electronic stun gun, trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in firearms, failing to pay the tax on marijuana, possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute (two counts), possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

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