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Peabody man arrested for drug trafficking

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Peabody police arrested a 37-year-old Peabody man Thursday for alleged drug trafficking. (Peabody Police Department)

PEABODY — A Peabody man faces a litany of drug charges after police reviewed surveillance video that allegedly tied him to a bag of abandoned drugs found on Newbury Street (Route 1), police said.

William Decotis, 37, a resident of Newbury Street, was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday, police said in a statement. He is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of a Class B substance, and three counts of possession of a Class E substance. At his arraignment in Peabody District Court Friday, Decotis was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail.

Peabody police responded to a report of an abandoned bag in the area of Newbury Street on Sunday and discovered the drugs while inventorying the bag. Decotis was identified as the bag’s alleged owner after a review of surveillance video, police said. 

Following his arrest, police executed a search warrant at Decotis’s residence, where they found additional drugs. Court records show that he also faces a charge of trafficking cocaine.

“Obviously, this was extremely important work [our] guys did to take these dangerous drugs that are highly addictive and potentially life-taking off the street,” Police Chief Thomas Griffin said. “This was a really good cooperative effort between our patrol officers and the detectives unit. We are happy with the arrest.”It wasn’t immediately clear Friday afternoon if Decotis had posted bail.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at [email protected]

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