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Archive for July, 2014
On 07/29/2014 a resident reported receiving a phone call by 202-506-9775 at approx. 10AM stating they were from the IRS and that there were warrants out for his arrest unless he paid a fee. The resident wanted confirmation that this was a legitimate phone call, but the person speaking (“Damon Marshall”) hung-up. At approx. 11:03 AM, the resident got another call from 781-729-1214 (Winchester Police Department’s actual number). The individual on the phone stated he was with Winchester Police and that there were warrants for his arrest and told him to call 800-829-7650. The resident ended the call and redialed 781-729-1214 to see if the number was actually the Winchester Police Department. The resident confirmed it was the WPD but did not ask any further questions only confirmed number. The resident called that 800 number and “Damon Marshall” who answered, told him to get $5000 on prepaid cards and call back with the serial numbers. The resident went to CVS, got 10 MoneyPak prepaid cards with $500 each on them (total $5000), called the number back, and gave each of the serial numbers on the back to “Damon Marshall”.
The Winchester Police Department is warning residents of this scam. The Winchester Police Department will not contact residents on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. If there were an actual warrant for your arrest, The Winchester Police Department WOULD NOT contact you by phone and would absolutely not request money to resolve the issue. If you are contacted by any person or organization demanding payments and it seems suspicious, please contact Winchester Police.
Investigation Began After Feb. 2014 Heroin Death, Police May Seek Additional Charges
WINCHESTER — Police Chief Kenneth C. Albertelli announces that a pair of local brothers have been arrested and charged after a lengthy investigation that started in February with the overdose death of a Quincy man.
TIMOTHY SALVATORE SABBAG, AGE 24 OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:
• Distribution of a Class A Substance (Heroin)
• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Distribution of a Class D Substance (Marijuana)
• Possession of a Class A Substance with Intent to Distribute (Heroin)
• Possession of a Class C Substance with Intent to Distribute (Diazepam)
• Possession of a Class D Substance with Intent to Distribute (Marijuana)
• Conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act
Police are also working with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and may also seek additional charges in connection with the February overdose death.
His younger brother, NICHOLAS ROBERT SABBAG, AGE 18, ALSO OF JAMES STREET IN WINCHESTER has been charged with the following:
• Distribution of a Class C Substance (Diazepam)
• Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act
“Today we are seeing the results of extremely hard work by the Winchester Police Department and our partner agencies,” Chief Albertelli said. “The amazing level of cooperation that exists among municipal and regional law enforcement groups helped this case come together, and a pair of drug dealers won’t be selling their poison in our community anymore.”
The arrests came after an investigation by Winchester Police, with the assistance of the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force, which acts as a force multiplier by bringing in personnel and resources from a variety of local and regional agencies under the command of Winchester PD.
The investigation began in February after a 25-year-old Quincy man died of a heroin overdose while in his motor vehicle in Winchester. Police reviewed the victim’s phone records and text messages and determined that he had allegedly communicated with TIMOTHY SABBAG via text message less than an hour before he died. In fact, text message records showed that the victim allegedly met with TIMOTHY SABBAG just 12 minutes before the victim called 911 and was found, unresponsive, minutes later.
A detailed investigation followed, using resources from a number of police agencies, through the regional task force, which ultimately led to police arresting TIMOTHY SABBAG in a parking lot in Winchester on Friday, July 11, 2014 and then immediately executing a search warrant of his home.
Searching the home, police found thousands of dollars in cash, a large quantity of marijuana, diazepam/Valium pills, lorazepam/Ativan pills, a quantity of heroin, a scale, plastic bags, and other drug paraphernalia. NICHOLAS SABBAG was arrested at the home.
Winchester has experienced two confirmed overdose deaths so far in 2014. Heroin and opioid overdoses are a major problem in communities around the country. In March, Governor Deval Patrick declared it to be a Public Health Crisis.
“It is not enough to simply arrest drug dealers for dealing drugs. In this instance, our investigation showed that Timothy Sabbag sold heroin to a man minutes before he died of a heroin overdose,” Chief Albertelli said. “We need to hold these people accountable for not just the lives that they ruin, but also the lives that their products end.”
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