Daily Dose of Great Police Work: DCU Officers Arrest Two for Drug Related Charges after Violent Struggle


At about 8:40 PM on Saturday, February 6, 2016, members of the District A-7 (East Boston) Drug Control Unit conducted an investigation in the area of the Sumner and Border Streets.

Due to prior drug and firearm related activity in the above area, officers set up surveillance near the Maverick Landing housing development. Shortly, officers observed two males in two different vehicles conduct what officers know from their training and experience to be a street level drug transaction. As the first vehicle exited the area, officers made a stop of its occupants while additional officers maintained surveillance of the second vehicle. The stop of the first vehicle resulted in the recovery of a plastic bag of crack cocaine. Officers arrested 26-year-old Joseph G. Maraio of East Boston and charged him with Possession of Class B (Crack Cocaine).

After confirming that a drug transaction had taken place, officers attempted to conduct a stop of the second vehicle. Officers approached the vehicle and were immediately met with resistance from the operator when he refused to show his hands to the officers. As officers attempted to arrest the operator, he pushed away violently, moving through the vehicle to the passenger’s side in order to escape. Officers gave chase and after a foot pursuit, officers caught up to the suspect who struggled violently. During the struggle, the suspect continually reached for his waistband and was observed placing an unknown white item in his mouth, chewing, and swallowing it. Officers were finally able to apprehend the suspect and observed a white residue that smelled of cocaine around his mouth, lips, and on his tongue. Officers recovered approximately $245 in US currency and a spring loaded knife from the front pockets of the suspect. During an inventory search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers recovered approximately $25,000 in US currency, a large plastic bag containing a substance believed to be marijuana (packaged for sale), two digital scales, two cell phones, and two bundles totaling 25 acid films.

Officers arrested the suspect, 35-year-old Mark Yarde of East Boston, and charged him with Distribution of Class B (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B (Cocaine), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D (Marijuana), two counts of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Further investigation led officers to additionally charge Yarde with Second and Subsequent Offenses on these drug charges.