Motor vehicle stop leads to drug bust in Truro

TPD's new K9 Ella assists during stop
TPD K9 Ella, a narcotics dog poses with drugs confiscated during a motor vehicle stop on Shore Road. Truro Police Department photo.

TRURO - Two Billerica men face drug charges following a motor vehicle stop in Truro Thursday. According to a Truro police release, Lt. Craig Danzinger pulled over the driver of a 2015 Audi A3 on Shore Road around 2 p.m. after the driver failed to use a turn signal. According to Lt. Danzinger, both the driver, 31-year-old Scott Michael Donaghue of Billerica and 23-year-old Damon Benjamin Robinson of Billerica, were both acting suspiciously as he approached the car.

Backup officers were requesting including Officer Steven Raneo and his K9 Ella. Within minutes, Ella indicated the presence of narcotics in the Audi, the release said. 

During a search, officers confiscated approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, GHB and a large assortment of prescription pills packaged for distribution, police said. Officers also seized $880 in cash, a digital scale and other items consistent with the distribution of illegal narcotics. 

Donaghue and Robinson were both arrested and transported to the Truro Police Station where they were booked and charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance (methamphetamine), possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance (GHB), possession of a Class E substance and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act. Donaghue was additionally charged with failure to use a turn signal.

According to police, Donaghue has several prior charges for drug possession and distribution in Somerville District Court. Robinson also has 40 prior criminal charges on his record in Massachusetts, the release said.

Both men were held overnight without bail and arraigned in Orleans District Court on Friday. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on