Norwood couple faces drug distribution charges following vehicle stop in Truro

Driver also faces motor vehicle related charges

TRURO - A Norwood couple is facing drug distribution charges following their arrest in Truro Friday afternoon. According to Truro police arrest reports, 51-year-old Lawrence Pandolfo and 52-year-old Susan Pandolfo, both of 371 Nahant Street in Norwood, were arrested during a traffic stop conducted by Patrol Officer Steven Raneo on Route 6 at Standish Way at 4:10 p.m.

According to Officer Raneo's report, while headed north on Route 6 Friday, a gray Buick sedan passed in the opposite direction. Officer Raneo suspected the driver to be speeding, reversed his direction and pulled the car over.

Both the driver (Lawrence Pandolfo) and the passenger (Susan Pandolfo) produced valid Massachusetts driver's licenses, but Lawrence Pandolfo was unable to produce a valid registration. Pandolfo told Officer Raneo that he had purchased the car a few days before and had only an unsigned certificate of title in his possession.

With the assistance of dispatch, Officer Raneo determined that the plates on the Buick sedan belonged to a 2000 Saturn SC2 registered to Lawrence Pandolfo. The VIN on the 1995 Buick Roadmaster came back to a couple in Westwood, MA who had canceled the registration and returned the plates.

The Pandolfos were advised that the car would be towed. Officer Raneo was joined by Officer Jeremiah Valli and both Pandolfos were pat frisked for weapons. No weapons were found, according to police. Susan Pandolfo's purse was searched and an envelope containing an undisclosed quantity of $20 bills was found.

When Officer Valli began an inventory of the Buick prior to having it towed to the Truro Police Station, he reportedly discovered open containers of alcohol, two prescription pill bottles containing a variety of different color and shape pills and narcotics packaged for sale. The narcotics were described as six "hard to the touch" brown cubes individually wrapped in foil and three individually wrapped baggies of an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Officers also seized two pipes and a variety of beer cans and bottles, some empty, most unopened and a glass jar of 70 proof Midnight Moon Moonshine.

Both Pandolfos were advised of their rights and placed under arrest. They were transported to the Truro Police Station where they were processed and both charged with possession of open containers of alcohol in a motor vehicle, possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribution and possession of a Class C substance with intent to distribute. Lawrence Pandolfo was additionally charged with operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, attaching registration plates and speeding.

Bail for the pair was set at $500 each. Early Saturday morning, bail was posted and the two were released, police said. Both are scheduled to be arraigned in Orleans District Court on Monday.


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