On 3-21-18 several members of the Scituate Police Department executed an arrest warrant and a search warrant at 18 Country Way in Scituate. Under the search warrant, a second address on First Avenue was also searched by Detectives.
On Wednesday, Scituate Police concluded a drug investigation at those addresses that has been ongoing for many months. At approximately 3 P.M, 23 year old Michael Tibbetts was placed under arrest at the Country Way address on the warrant for two counts of Indecent Assault and Battery on a child under 14. These charges stemmed from allegations that were brought to the attention of The Department of Children and Families in February of 2018. Scituate Police School Resource Officer Sarah Arseneau worked with DCF on the case and filed for charges earlier in the week. An arrest warrant was obtained at The Hingham District Court.
Despite the recent allegations that had been brought forth by DCF, an investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics from the Country Way address had been ongoing. Scituate Police Detectives had received many complaints from citizens, anonymous sources and neighbors regarding alleged drug dealing at the Country Way address. Witnesses had alleged that people were seen coming and going from the house on a regular basis and believed that someone was dealing drugs from the residence. This information was corroborated by Detectives over the last several months. On 3-21-18 Detective Sergeant Erik Steverman obtained a search warrant at The Hingham District Court for 18 Country Way. A second address on First Ave was included on the warrant. Tibbetts had previously lived at the First Ave address and frequently went back and forth between the two houses.
After Tibbetts was taken into custody a search of the residence was conducted. Inside the Country Way residence a large amount of evidence was seized which included large amounts of packaging material, scales, marijuana, oil extract THC, THC vape cartridges, and THC infused liquid drinks that were intended for sale. Several hundred plastic bottles, caps, and labels were located in the attic area of the home along with Pyrex cooking trays, crock-pots and large liquid containers. Police also seized three different kinds of pills believed to be the designer drugs known as Ecstasy and Molly, as well as Adderall. Several thousand dollars in cash, 2 pellet guns, a cross-bow, and a bullet proof vest were also seized. Detectives estimate the drugs that were confiscated to have a street value over $30,000.
Detectives believed that Tibbetts had been growing marijuana and conducting the THC oil extracting process inside the home using a method which involves large amounts of butane fuel. This process is extremely volatile and dangerous and can cause an explosion and/or fire. The extraction process yields a highly potent oil form of THC known more commonly as “wax” or “dab”. This oil has been deemed to be a class “C” drug. The oil can be ingested in a variety of ways. A common practice is to infuse the oil into candies, drinks, and other edible items. These items may be enticing for young people but very small amounts can cause severe reactions such as hallucinations, panic attacks, and paranoia. Although the recreational use and possession of Marijuana has been legalized in Massachusetts, the sale of it in raw or oil form by private citizens still remains illegal.
Tibbetts was transported to The Scituate Police Department where he was booked on the following charges:
1. Indecent Assault and Battery (2 counts)
2. Manufacturing a controlled substance
3. Trafficking Marijuana
4. Distribution Class “D”
5. Distribution Class “B”
6. Distribution Class “C”
7. Possession Class “B”
8. Possession Class “C”
Manufacturing, Trafficking, Distribution and the Assault charges are all felonies.
Tibbetts was released on $5000.00 cash bail. At his arraignment, Hingham District Court Judge Mcmanus increased his bail by $10,000. If posted, Tibbetts will be equipped with a GPS bracelet and is ordered to stay away from the victim’s residence, school etc. He is also ordered to stay away from any child under the age of 18.
Several Officers participated in this investigation and should be commended for their excellent Police work. Detective Sergeant Erik Steverman and The Detectve Unit spent many hours on this case preparing for its’ resolution. In addition, Steverman was responsible for the preparation of all reports and search warrants. Also of great assistance were the following Officers: Detective Owen Kirkbride, Officer Mike Prouty, Officer Sarah Arseneau, Officer Drew Kitchen, Officer Ed Gibbons, Officer Chris Lowrance, and Evidence Officer Jeff Ciulla.