Two Cape Residents Arrested on Federal Drug Charges
.Two Cape Cod men were arrested on the evening
of Thursday, June 12, 2003, on federal drug charges.
According to the
affidavit filed in support of the complaint, on June 10, 2003 the Utah
Highway Patrol stopped a man, Robert Lynch, for speeding. A search of
the rental van that Lynch was driving resulted in the discovery of several
garbage bags filled with marijuana, approximately 80 kilograms in total,
with an estimated street value of approximately $200,000. It is alleged
that Lynch was driving the marijuana from California to Wareham, Massachusetts
to deliver it to DRISCOLL and CHANDLER. Lynch agreed to cooperate with
law enforcement and a controlled delivery was arranged. On June 12, 2003,
under law enforcement supervision, Lynch contacted DRISCOLL and CHANDLER
to tell them he was in Massachusetts with the marijuana. DRISCOLL and
CHANDLER were arrested after accepting delivery of the marijuana
Both defendants appeared Friday, June 13, 2003, in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler. CHANDLER was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. DRISCOLL is being held in federal custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, 2003 at 11:30 am. If convicted, each of the defendants faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
This case was investigated by the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration's Cape Cod Task Force, the DEA New Bedford Resident Office, the DEA Salt Lake City Office, the Utah Highway Patrol and the Massachusetts State Police.