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Vehicle pulled over after report of home break-in

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Sep 25, 2008 @ 06:15 AM

Two men from Abington and Brockton were arrested on drug charges after being stopped on suspicion of breaking into a home and attacking a resident on Quincy Avenue.
Police said officer Paul Venuto was driving on Union Street to investigate the house break-in Tuesday evening when he noticed that a vehicle traveling toward him resembled the suspects' car.
Venuto turned around and stopped the vehicle in front of the police station.
He identified the driver as Helmae Zewdu, 28, of Abington and the passenger as Reon R. Collins, 28, of Brockton.
While questioning the two men, Venuto detected the odor of burnt marijuana, police said.
During a search, Venuto and officer Paul Hamilton found that Zewdu had $3,234 in cash in his pocket, police said.
Police said Collins had five plastic baggies containing crack cocaine and powdered cocaine in his pockets. Police also said the officers found a Percocet pill behind the driver's seat.
Both men denied being involved in any assault or house break-in and told the officers that they were looking for the South Shore Plaza and took the wrong exit.
Both were charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate state drug laws. Zewdu was also charged with possession of Percocet.
Meanwhile, the victim of the alleged assault, a 22-year-old Braintree man, was brought to the scene and told the officers that Zewdu and Collins were not his attackers.
Police said the officers later learned that the victim of the assault had actually been involved in a drug deal with another individual, a 16-year-old Braintree youth, and that the two had fought.
The teen, whose name is not being released, allegedly returned with a friend to the older man's Quincy Avenue residence.
Police found marijuana and a digital scale when they searched the home.
The Quincy Avenue resident, whose name was not released, is expected to be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to violate state drug laws.
Both Braintree residents declined to file assault charges against each other.
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