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Wellesley — On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Officer Christopher Cunningham stopped a motor vehicle on Grantland Road, near Route 9, shortly before 1p.m. after observing alleged traffic law violations. Cunningham conducted routine license checks, and learned that the driver of the vehicle, identified as Blake Galway, 30 of Somerville, had a suspended driver’s license.

Police said Galway initially gave Cunningham a false name. He was placed under arrest at the scene on a charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended Massachusetts license.

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Crystal methamphetamine seized by Wellesley Police Department

While inventorying the contents of the vehicle, Cunningham located approximately 175 grams of crystal methamphetamine inside the car. Crystal methamphetamine is a highly addictive illegal drug that is produced in illegal drug labs.

Galway had additional crystal methamphetamine on his person when he was searched during the booking process at the Wellesley Police Department, police said. Galway’s passenger in the vehicle, Michael Scanlan, 44, of Dorchester, was also arrested at the scene. The estimated street value of the crystal methamphetamine discovered is over $50,000.

During the investigation that followed, Wellesley Police officers located credit cards in the vehicle that did not bear the name of either Galway or Scanlan. Wellesley Police Detective Lt. Wayne Cunningham, Detective Stanley Dunajski and Dispatcher Sarah Walsh learned that these credit cards had been stolen in late November from several victims. The stolen cards had then been used in the metropolitan Boston area to fraudulently obtain thousands of dollars worth of goods.

Galway and Scanlan were arraigned on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Dedham District Court on numerous charges, including trafficking in methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine within a school zone, and numerous counts of receiving stolen property. The investigation continues as additional victims and fraudulent purchases are located and identified.


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