LOWELL -- Police and the regional SWAT team raided a home on Lyons Street early Thursday morning, a few doors down from where shots were fired the day before.

Lowell Police Capt. Kelly Richardson said the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team gathered outside 46 Lyons St. about 5 a.m. Detectives have been investigating reports of alleged drug dealings out of the home for several months, according to reports.

Police entered the premises just after 6 a.m. and recovered about four pounds of marijuana. Richardson said there were baggies and other paraphernalia of weed found throughout the house. NEMLEC was called in because police believed the occupants may have had access to firearms. No one was hurt and no shot were fired, he said.

Two men living at the home were arrested, Gill Arthur, 45, and Jacob Butierez, 20.R ichardson said the pair would likely be arraigned in Lowell District Court later in the day. Both are charged with possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law.

Richardson said police are continuing to investigate ties between this case and a shooting reported around 2 a.m. into a home at 19 Lyons St. Wednesday. Police were called to the area that morning and found six shell casings in the street matching a 9 mm caliber handgun. No one was injured in that incident.


"Was it a mistaken house? That's what we're looking into," Richardson said, adding the shooting led police to move ahead quickly with this raid. "We were working to speed up this investigation and execute the warrant as fast as possible."

Several pitbulls were found inside the home, Richardson added. The house was also in "deplorable condition" and may now be condemned, he said.

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