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Proactive Police Work Leads to Drug Arrest in Yarmouth

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Police by on July 11, 2017 0 Comments • views: 46

YARMOUTH, MA (July 10, 2017) Yarmouth police arrested a trio of drug users Friday night near Cape Cod Hospital. Just after 9:00 PM on Friday, July 7, Yarmouth Police Officer Christopher Vanness noticed a suspicious Ford Explorer heading into Cape Cod Hospital’s employee parking lot. The vehicle parked in a secluded corner of the lot, facing a wooded area. The vehicle was not authorized to be in the employee parking lot.

Officer VanNess approached the car. The driver’s side window was open.  The officer encountered Michael Johnson in the driver’s seat with a rubber tubing band for IV drug use wrapped around his arm. Lonnie Lewis was seated in the front seat, holding a plastic container with a line of white powder. Catherine Beckwith was in the rear of the vehicle, leaning over the front center console between the two men. Johnson, Lewis and Beckwith are all illegal drug users, well-known to Cape Cod law enforcement.  

During an initial check of the vehicle, Officer VanNess spotted a small, approximately ½ gram baggie containing tan powder believed to be heroin.  Officer VanNess, working alone, attempted to handcuff Lewis, but Lewis’ right arm was free and he grabbed a second, larger baggie and swallowed it.

Johnson and Beckwith were removed from the vehicle and handcuffed without incident. Another baggie of tan powder, believed to be heroin, was found during a pat frisk of Johnson.

All three were arrested and brought to Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters.

Due to concern regarding the swallowed bag of suspected heroin, Lewis was taken to Cape Cod Hospital where medical professionals assisted in the removal of the baggie.  He was then brought back to Yarmouth Police Headquarters.

All three defendants were arraigned in the Barnstable District Court on Monday, July 10. They are due back in court on August 8, 2017.  


Catherine Beckwith                               Lonnie Lewis                                         Michael Johnson
Yarmouth, MA                                    Hyannis, MA                                           Yarmouth, MA

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