LYNN — John Fleury Jr., 53, was charged with being in possession of an incendiary device, miscellaneous municipal ordinance/bylaw violations, trafficking between 18-36 grams of methamphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute class A and B substances in Chelsea District Court on Tuesday. He is being held on high bail.
Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced on Wednesday that the charges come after police found large amounts of drugs, cash, and a smoke grenade in Fleury’s vehicle on Monday.
“It’s all too common to find firearms in drug arrests, but pretty rare to see a smoke grenade. We have no idea what this man was intending to do with this device, but I’m grateful he was apprehended before we found out,” Hayden said in a statement.
Around 7:19 p.m. that night, Revere Police responded to a call for a possible overdose. On scene, officers found Fleury slumped over in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. His speech was slurred and lethargic. He initially did not respond to police. After Fleury attempted to exit the vehicle, officers found a black folding knife in his pocket, along with $7,002 in cash and large quantities of drugs including suboxone strips, cocaine, fentanyl pills, and oxycontin pills. Additionally, drug paraphernalia, a smoke grenade, three cell phones, a lock picking device, a black ski mask, a pair of black gloves, and a red dot laser intended to be mounted on a firearm were obtained by officers at the scene.
Fleury’s bail was set at $75,000 by Judge Holly Broadbent without any conditions. He was ordered back to court on April 19 for a probable cause hearing.