Cocaine, cash, and marijuana among the evidence
WEBSTER — A father and his two sons were arrested this weekend as local authorities successfully executed a search warrant for narcotics on Emil Street while some of the individuals involved were already at police headquarters.
Shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, Joseph Vancelette, Sr., 48, entered the Webster Police Department to inquire about his son, Joseph Vancelette, Jr., 21. Webster Police said the younger Vancelette had been arrested “earlier that night” for intimidation of a witness, disturbing the peace, and disorderly conduct. While the elder Vancelette was checking on his son’s status, detectives and officers from the Webster Police Department and the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team executed the search warrant at a second floor apartment at 12 Emil Street.
Police said a reported home invasion at the Emil Street apartment on June 14 resulted in a gun being fired through the floor and subsequently landing on the first floor kitchen. That fired round resulted in no injuries and police continue to investigate the incident. While authorities were conducting the search warrant at the apartment, Vancelette Sr. was placed under arrest at police headquarters and began to fight with offices in the interview room, authorities said. Police said Vancelette Sr. assaulted officers before a Taser was utilized to place him in custody.
As Vancelette Sr. had driven to police headquarters, his vehicle was towed by authorities. Upon its inventory, police said, were 443 grams of crack cocaine and $41,000 in cash. Police estimated the value of the crack to be around $15,000. He was charged with trafficking in cocaine 200 grams or more, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct, wantonly injuring real or personal property, and resisting arrest.
Vancelette Jr. was charged with possession of a Class B substance, which is believed to be cocaine.
A second son, James Vancelette, 18, was charged with possession of a Class D substance with the intent to distribute. Police said he was found with a pound of marijuana and $1,000 in cash. He was released on $140 bail.
Vancelette Sr. was held on $10,040, while Vancelette Jr. was released on $40 bail.
All three members of the Vancelette were scheduled to be arraigned at Dudley District Court on Monday, June 18.