Somerville Detectives Make Discovery in Old-School Video Arcade Game

A SWAT team and K9 units helped make the discovery after raiding a home on Gilman Street.

Somerville detectives, assisted by the North Eastern Law Enforcement Council SWAT team and several K9 units, raided a Somerville home on March 28 and discovered over seven ounces of marijuana and $5,784 in cash, according to allegations in a Somerville police report.

A good portion of the marijuana—four onces of it—was hidden inside a "large Simpsons video arcade game" that needed to be opened with a key, the report says.

The SWAT team and police raided 82 Gilman St., not far from the Somerville Public Library, at about 4:15 p.m. in order to execute search warrants at the home, according to the report.

Inside they searched a number of bedrooms and other rooms in the residence, discovering drugs and drug-related items spread throughout the home, the report alleges.

In addition to the cash and marijuana, officers also found a black Beretta pellet gun, digital scales, white powder and a Suboxone tablet, the report says.

Three men were arrested as a result of the raid.

Steven Domings, 22, and Cody Domings, 20,  who lived at the home, were charged with drug possession to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug law. Joseph Baldassari, 23, of 109 Gilman St. (though the report says he was renting a room in the home) was charged with drug possession.

In Massachussetts possession of an ounce or less of marijuana is considered a civil offense.

Please remember that allegations listed in police reports do not indicate a conviction.

Jason April 02, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Video games are baaad!
Ron Newman April 02, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Why are the Somerville police wasting their time on stuff like this?
jo April 02, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Wasting their time getting drugs off the streets ?
Ron Newman April 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Yes. I don't think it's anyone else's business whether someone chooses to use marijuana.
AHM April 02, 2013 at 07:49 PM
What he probably means is that they will be back out faster than I do my food shopping. I had a chance a while back to sit in court and got a reality check. They are up in front of the judge and out of there in 5 minutes or less and a tiny court appreance fine of $15(when I went) which I believe is used to compensate for the policeman to go there. I was told that but not sure how reliable the info is. It's almost like, why bother.
NoTyme4BS April 02, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Whether they choose to use marijuana or not it is still illegal. And the police were doing their job keeping it off the streets.
Jason April 02, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Ron, Remember the shooting in winterhill back in December? Do happen to remember what that was over? Let me help, it was a drig ripoff....over POT. Your opinion, is uninformed mate, Pot maybe on its way to be "legal", but folks are still willing to comit violence over it. Now do think the police officers involved in the arcade bust where thinking what you where? Or do think they where thinking about another body some day in the not so near future...


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