A SWAT vehicle outside the suspect’s home in Ayer. (Courtesy photo)Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.
A SWAT vehicle outside the suspect's home in Ayer. (Courtesy photo)

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AYER -- The Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT Team, along with detectives from the Ayer, Acton, Groton, Boxborough, and Littleton Police Departments early this morning served a search warrant on a home at 93 Snake Hill Road in Ayer. The warrant came after a lengthy, joint investigation by the five communities into allegations of drug dealing on the premises.

As a result of today's operation, Robert Dumas, 57, of Ayer, was arrested and charged with two counts of possession of class B drugs, two counts of possession of class B with intent to distribute, possession of class D drugs with intent to distribute, improper storage of a firearm, possession of an illegal stun gun, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, possession of unlawful fireworks, and distribution of class D drugs.

"I am extremely grateful for the level of cooperation exercised by police detectives in several communities to bring this dangerous suspect to justice today," said Ayer Police Chief William A. Murray, who was present for today's police operation. "A drug dealer is off the streets, and our communities are safer for it."

Investigators determined that Dumas was known to possess firearms and that he could pose a significant danger to police. Therefore, the decision was made to activate the SWAT team, a regional team comprised of specially-trained police officers from around Central Massachusetts, to serve the search warrant.

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