HYANNIS - What started with the investigation into a flat screen television stolen in Yarmouth, ended with the arrest of two alleged drug dealers at a Main Street Hyannis hotel. According to a release from Barnstable police, officers responded to a suspicious person call at the International Inn at 662 Main Street around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning. The suspect, who was carrying a flat screen television, was dropped off in front of the hotel by a taxi cab.
At the same time, Yarmouth police were investigating a theft in which the suspect was picked up by a taxi cab.
Barnstable police officers narrowed their focus to one room with two suspects inside, 23-year-old Jordan Byers of Old Town Road in Hyannis and 23-year-old Andrew Perry of Raymond Avenue in South Yarmouth. While watching the room, the officers watched Perry hide what they described as a "significant" amount of drugs in the ceiling tiles outside their room, police said. Perry and Byers were both placed under arrest.
Narcotics Detective Tom Chevalier obtained a warrant and the hotel room was searched. Including the drugs found in the hallway ceiling, officers confiscated 25 grams of heroin, 7 grams of cocaine, 54 Oxycodone tablets, 3 amphetamine tablets. They also seized $2,206 in cash, several cell phones, drug packaging materials, scales and the stolen flat screen television.
Both Perry and Byers were transported to the Barnstable Police Station where they were processed and charged with trafficking a Class A substance (heroin), three counts of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute (cocaine, Oxycodone and amphetamine) and conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws, according to police.
Byers was additionally charged with receiving stolen property over $250. Following their arraignment in Barnstable District Court Monday morning, Perry was held on $5,000 cash bail and Byers was held pending a hearing on Tuesday.
(Drugs, cash, phones and the flat screen television that started it all. Barnstable Police Dept. evidence photo.)