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Pepperell Police seize three-ring binder of LSD, ecstasy, meth, cocaine and guns from family home

Two children were living where SWAT team helped arrest three men

Two guns, ammunition, cash and drugs Pepperell Police say they found while serving a search warrant recently. Photo courtesy Pepperell Police Department
Two guns, ammunition, cash and drugs Pepperell Police say they found while serving a search warrant recently. Photo courtesy Pepperell Police Department
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PEPPERELL – A SWAT team helped police serve a search warrant that led to the discovery of two guns, a binder full of LSD tabs and over 500 grams of methamphetamine being kept in a Mill Street home where two young children lived, according to police.

Three men were arrested as Pepperell Police, with help from Dunstable and Groton Police, a Littleton Police canine unit and the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council served a search warrant at 5 Mill St., Friday about 8:15 p.m., according to Chief David Scott.

Inside the home, officers found over 500 grams of methamphetamine, a three-ring binder with multiple pages of LSD tabs, 75 grams of cocaine, 67 tablets of ecstasy (MDMA), eight grams of ketamine (a tranquilizer often used recreationally), THC concentrate, a 9mm Glock handgun and a 9mm Ruger handgun, according to Scott.

Officers also notified the Department of Children and Families about two children, both of whom are under 13, who were living in the home, according to a press release. Those children were released to relatives, police said.

Peter Walkovich, 36, of Pepperell, faces the most serious charges. Walkovich was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail when he was arraigned Monday in Ayer District Court, according to a press release.

Walkovich is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment of a child, and one count of trafficking over 200 grams of methamphetamine, trafficking 36-100 grams of cocaine, possession of LSD with intent to distribute, possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, possession of THC concentrate with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a large capacity firearm, possession of a large capacity feeding device, and possession of ammunition without an FID.

Also arrested were Christopher Boutin, 32, and Christopher Barton, 33, both of Pepperell.

Boutin is charged with possession of ketamine, possession of THC concentrate with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws, possession of a large capacity firearm, and two counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device. He was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail at his arraignment Monday, according to police.

Barton is charged with possession of THC concentrate with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was ordered held on $500 cash bail at arraignment, according to police.

“I’d like to commend Detective John Coburn and Officer Dan Adams for all of the work they put into this investigation and also thank all of the other officers and agencies for their assistance,” Scott said in the press release. “Their work resulted in a large quantity of dangerous drugs and two firearms being taken off the streets Friday night. Hopefully, our residents feel safer knowing that their police department is constantly working to rid drug dealers from our town.”

All three men are due back in Ayer District Court on June 9.

Scott also used a press release regarding the arrests to remind residents of Pepperell and surrounding communities that Pepperell Police also work with the Northwest Middlesex Community Outreach Initiative Network to help link those affected by substance abuse with treatment and recovery resources.

“Our COIN program is only a phone call away for those that need help overcoming addiction,” Scott said. The COIN program can be reached by phone at 508-488-5072. All messages will be returned within one business day, according to a press release. More information on COIN is available at: https://town.pepperell.ma.us/519/COIN.