LOWELL -- A 28-year-old city man, target of a months-long drug investigation by Lowell police, was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail after a search of his Mammoth Road home Monday netted a cache of firearms, ammunition, drugs and $27,000 in cash.
Wesley F. Philbrick, of 187 Mammoth Road, pleaded not guilty in Lowell District Court on Tuesday to a total of 32 drug, firearms and motor-vehicle charges in connection with his arrest Monday afternoon.
Philbrick pleaded not guilty to trafficking in cocaine, distribution of a class B drug, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card (6 counts), improper storage of a firearm (six counts), possession of a large-capacity firearm (four counts), possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, use a firearm in a felony, possession of a class B drug (three counts), possession of a class C drug (three counts), possession of a class E drug (three counts), possession of a class E drug, possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Lowell police said in court documents that the Special Investigations Section was tipped off that Philbrick was dealing drugs out of his home. This triggered several months of surveillance where police watched as people made quick visits to his home. Police then used a confidential informant in February to do a controlled drug buy.
Police were granted arrest and search warrants, arresting Philbrick at about 3 p.m. Monday as he got behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango despite having a suspended license. In searching the vehicle, police found a total of 61 pills, including "Molly" or Ecstasy. Philbrick also had $910 in cash in his pocket.
In searching his home, police found a number a handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, Oxycodone, cocaine, Xanax, Clonazepan, "magic mushrooms," a bag of Ecstasy and drug paraphernalia in kitchen cabinets, under the kitchen table, under a mattress, in a bureau and in a safe. Police also found $27,000 in cash in the bathroom.
While prosecutors sought $200,000 cash bail, defense attorney MaryEllen Cuthbert argued for $5,000 cash bail, noting that Philbrick was cooperative with police giving the the keys to his home and warning them that he had a dog.
Cuthbert suggested that Philbrick may be a gun collector and that the firearms, if they work, were safely locked in his home.
Judge Ellen Caulo ordered Philbrick held on $100,000 cash bail on the case with the large number of charges and $7,500 cash bail on a separate case of distribution of a class B drug.
His next court date is June 19 for a probable cause hearing.
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