LOWELL -- Drug charges against Adam Garvey, chief financial officer for the Lowell Housing Authority, will move forward.

Lowell District Court Judge Michael Brooks this week denied a request to suppress the results of a police search by Garvey's attorney, who argued that police had no probable cause to search Garvey's car.

Brooks, in a decision released Monday, wrote that Tewksbury Detective Brian O'Neill's "hunch" that he was witnessing a drug deal between Garvey and co-defendant Alessandro Maccanico last July did not provide probable cause to search Garvey's SUV.

Brooks added that Maccanico's spontaneous admissions to police that he sold marijuana to Garvey provided police with probable cause.

Garvey's next court date is Dec. 23 to schedule a trial date, defense attorney Michael Bowser Jr. does not appeal the latest ruling. Bowser could not be reached for comment.

Garvey, 34, of Lowell, was arrested by Tewksbury police about 1 p.m. on July 9, in the parking lot of the Mobil-on-the-Run on Andover Street (Route 133) and charged with possession of a class D drug (marijuana) and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Garvey, who was on his lunch break, allegedly admitted to police that he bought $480 worth of marijuana (about two ounces) from Maccanico.