HAVERHILL, Mass. —
Police have arrested a 52-year-old Massachusetts man who they say drove to Maine each week to sell pain pills he received free through a state health program.
When Gregory Davis was confronted by authorities, he carried a hollow cane with an illegal double-edged knife inside, police said. Later, when police searched his apartment they discovered several containers with false bottoms.
His lawyer said his client hid his legally obtained pills because he was assaulted in his apartment last year and robbed of his medication. He said Davis worried about intruders returning.
“He’s very much disabled and gets pills, but he’s not too disabled to drive to Maine and sell the pills,” Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said during a court appearance
Police said they had information that Davis was on his way to Maine to sell 75 pills. While he was being pulled over, officers said Davis appeared to be swallowing the drugs. Only one pill was found in his possession. As a precaution, he was taken to a hospital for observation.
A judge ordered Davis be held on a $7,500 cash bond.
Details for this story were provided by The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.