Archive for October, 2011
At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, members of the LPD’s Special Investigations Section, under the command of Lieutenant Barry Golner; executed a search warrant at an apartment located at 725 Lawrence Street. The LPD was assisted by state troopers of the North Shore Gang Task Force, and the regional SWAT Team. Julio Gomez, 26, of this address was arrested without incident.
Police yielded (52) prescription pills (Alprazolam – a Class C controlled substance), a .25 caliber semiautomatic handgun, and ammunition. Gomez is alleged to be affiliated with the OLB (Outlaw Local Bloods) street gang.
Gomez has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Class C Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Improper Storage of a Firearm, Possession of a Class C Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute in a School Zone (Elizabeth Family Childcare), and Career Criminal While Armed.
“Illegal drugs are the root cause of most crime that occurs in our city and throughout the country. The Lowell Police Department will continue its drug enforcement efforts and utilize every available resource to eradicate illegal drugs and guns from the City of Lowell,” said Superintendent Ken Lavallee.
Gomez is expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning in Lowell District Court. No booking photo at this time.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The Lowell Police Department has scheduled its 27th Citizen’s Academy for October 12th – Nov. 30th, 2011. The focus of this eight-week academy is to educate citizens about the Lowell Police Department, its organization, operations and role in the community. Participants gain an understanding of police department responsibilities and the laws that govern it. Students are given the opportunity to offer ideas and share their experiences. The goal of the academy is to develop a partnership between citizens and their local law enforcement agency that benefits both. Classes are taught by members of the police department. Certificates are awarded upon completion of the course. There is no cost to attend the Citizen Academy and it is open to all residents 18 and older. Classes are held Wednesday evenings, 6pm-9pm at the LPD Training Division, 99 Middlesex Street (between the Registry of Motor Vehicles and Garcia Brogan’s Restaurant). Parking is available in the Early Garage. “The Citizen’s Academy is a great resource for community members as it gives them an opportunity to learn about how their police department operates on a daily basis. This initiative is made possible by Officer Paul Corcoran and Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Callery and their dedication toward increasing communication with the community. They both have worked hard over the years to ensure that this worthwhile program continues. I encourage any resident who is interested in learning more about the Lowell Police Department to apply for the upcoming academy,” said Superintendent Ken Lavallee. Applicants must have a clean criminal history and background checks are done on all applicants. Applicants with arrests and/or numerous traffic violations will not be considered. Accepted applicants are required to attend every scheduled class as space is limited to (40) students. Applications for the Citizen Academy are available on the Lowell Police Department’s website, blog (see below), and Facebook page. For additional information, please contact Sharon Callery at the LPD Community Services Division, (978) 937-3210.