911 hang-up leads to meth bust

A 911 hang-up call Tuesday evening helped Abington Police uncover its second significant stash of meth in a week.

Paul J. Hunt, 32, was arrested Tuesday night after police found more than 60 grams of methamphetamine in his North Quincy Street home. He is facing drug trafficking charges for having more than 36 grams of meth, and will also be charged with possession with intent to distribute Class B and Class E drugs, and possession of a Class B drug.

Mark Donnelly, 43, of Fairway Drive, Bridgewater, was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class E drug.

[EDITORS NOTE: A third person was also arrested but the charges were later dismissed following the successful completion of a pretrial diversion program.]

Abington Police received what it believes to be an accidental 911 call Tuesday around 9 p.m. According to a release from the Abington Police Department, the dispatcher who answered the call heard some confusion in the background, and one person saying “What did you do?” in a “confrontation manner.”

Per department policy, officers were sent to the North Quincy Street home to perform a well-being check. While Officer Ryan GIllan knocked on the door, Sgt. Kevin Cutter looked through an uncovered window and reportedly saw a man at a table packaging what the sergeant believed to be methamphetamine.

Abington Police Department photo

Police secured the house while they applied for a search warrant. The warrant was approved shortly after midnight and police found 62 grams of methamphetamine, along with cocaine, Xanax pills, and two vials of what police believe to be steroids. 

Last Thursday, Abington police, including Officer Gillan, found 25 grams of methamphetamine on a person suspected of casing vehicles in the WalMart parking lot.

Abington Deputy Police Chief Chris Cutter said law enforcement around the state are reporting an uptick in meth arrests.

“We are beginning to see it as well,” he said.

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