Published in the September 21, 2016 edition

WAKEFIELD — A 57-year-old Lynn man was charged yesterday afternoon with dealing drugs here.

According to police, detectives Christopher Grace and John Ryan were on patrol on Lafayette Street sometime around 5:20 p.m. when they saw a gray Ford Fusion pull up in front of a house. Shortly after, a woman came out of the home, got into the motor vehicle briefly and got out.

The Fusion drove off. One of the detectives followed it, while the other stayed behind and spoke with the woman who had briefly entered the vehicle.

The Fusion driver went to another residence off North Avenue.

Based on what they learned during their investigation, police decided after that stop to pull the driver over. They did so near Quannapowitt Parkway.

The driver, Duane S. Collins of 154 Lynnway, apartment 207, Lynn got out of the vehicle and was searched. Police said they found some crack cocaine in paper folds during their search of Collins. They then searched the Fusion and found a greater quantity of powder cocaine, crack cocaine and Percocet tablets, as well as some cash.

In total, 35 grams of cocaine in powder form were seized, as were 12 grams of crack cocaine and several Percocet tablets.

The street value of the drugs seized during the bust was about $3,500.

Collins was scheduled to be arraigned this morning.


A Greenwood Street resident reported that his 1998 Honda Civic was entered sometime Sunday night into Monday. Missing from the glovebox, he said, was an iPod Touch.

The vehicle was parked in a driveway. It was not locked, according to police. The owner called police around 8:40 a.m. yesterday.


A Forrester Road resident told police around 9 a.m. yesterday that someone tried to purchase a vehicle in a private sale with a bad check. Police were told the check was never deposited, the vehicle was never sold and no money, therefore, was lost.


A concerned neighbor on Bancroft Avenue called police around 9:15 a.m. yesterday and reported seeing an unknown woman enter a home through the back door. The woman was described as white, about five foot eight inches tall, with orange, curly hair.

Police checked the woman out. She was a friend and employee of the homeowner.


A woman on Orsini Drive called police around 10:35 a.m. after her dogs got loose and ran off. The pets were soon found on Farm Street.


A $1,500 set of Nike golf clubs was reportedly stolen from an office at 27 Water St. sometime overnight Monday.


Police were unable to locate a vehicle which allegedly was operated near the intersection of Water and Farm streets around 1:50 p.m. yesterday by a man who was using drumsticks while driving in an erratic fashion.


Police were told of a disabled motor vehicle causing a traffic backup around 2:25 p.m. yesterday at the Water Street-Columbia Road intersection. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


Around 8:30 last night, a motorist reported struck a raccoon at the intersection of Greenwood Street and Hickory Hill Road. Police removed the deceased animal.