Nantucket to Hyannis flight ends with drug bust Friday

Nantucket police tip off Barnstable police, two arrested
Left to right: Russell W. Viera and Matthew Chicoine. BPD booking photos.

HYANNIS - A Friday evening flight from Nantucket to Hyannis ended in the arrest of two men. According to a Barnstable police release, Nantucket police contacted the Barnstable Street Crime Unit (SCU) about two men they believed to be engaging in illegal narcotics activity.  

The men, 21-year-old Matthew D. Chicoine of Falmouth and 22-year-old Russell W. Viera of Hyannis, were scheduled to arrive in Hyannis aboard a 7:36 p.m. flight.

SCU members Barnstable Police Officer Keith Sexton and Barnstable Sheriff's Deputy Kim Saladino stopped the pair as they entered the terminal. Viera, who was traveling under a false name, was immediately recognized by the officers and placed under arrest on outstanding narcotics warrants, police said.

Chicoine had $1,820 in cash on his person. A Mashpee K9 dog discovered two small bags of marijuana and twelve suboxone pills hidden on Chicoine's person.  The drugs would not have been found without the K9 unit's assistance, according to police.

Chicoine was placed under arrest and charged with possession of a Class B substance (suboxone) with intent to distribute and possession of a Class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute.

Both were transported to the Barnstable Police Station where they were booked and held--Viera on no cash bail, Chicoine on $2,500 cash bail. The two will be arraigned in Barnstable District Court Monday morning.

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