LOWELL -- Set free in December 2012 in the wake of the state drug-lab scandal, Christopher J. Koziol who already served five years in prison in that case and has a pending drunken driving case, is now facing a cocaine trafficking charge after a raid on his Lowell home Monday.
Koziol, 42, of 60 By St., was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail in Lowell District Court on Tuesday after pleading not guilty to trafficking in cocaine over 200 grams. Judge Barbara Pearson also allowed prosecutor James Puritz's motion to allow revocation of Koziol's bail -holding him without bail - on a pending operating under the influence charge in district court.
Koziol is scheduled for an Aug. 28 probable cause hearing in the cocaine trafficking case and Aug. 15 motion to suppress in the drunken driving case.
As part of an ongoing drug investigation by Lowell Police Special Investigation Section, detectives at 4:30 p.m. on Monday had the 60 By St. address under surveillance and watched a number of people make "quick visits" with Koziol in and around the home, police allege.
Armed with a search warrant, police approached Koziol in the driveway of the residence, handcuffed him and executed the search warrant. During the search, police allegedly found cocaine and cash in a dresser and in a closet in a bedroom, and more cocaine and cash under a wooden board in the garage -stashed in a pink latex glove and tea tin, according to court documents.
Police estimate they seized 338 grams of cocaine and $25,000 cash, documents state.
But defense attorney Christopher Spring argued that Koziol, who has a 10-page record, poses no danger to the community because no weapons were found during a search of the By Street home.
In December 2012, Koziol was released from prison after serving five years of an eight-to-nine year sentence, after it was determined that former state-lab chemist Annie Dookhan was the primary chemist who analyzed the drug samples in Koziol's 2008 conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Koziol, who has been in and out of jail or prison since 1995, was arrested by Lowell police on May 20, 2007, when he was caught with heroin and cocaine during a traffic stop on the Lord Overpass. Although he was released from prison in 2012 as a "drug lab case," Koziol is on probation until 2015 as part of his "global plea" in 2008 that wrapped up all of his cases.
With this new drug arrest, Puritz said Koziol faces a possible grand jury indictment and a probation violation hearing in superior court.
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