Local Man Arrested for Selling Meth, Pills

A Pleasant Street man was arrested for selling prescription narcotics Saturday afternoon.

A local man accused of assaulting a police officer following his arrest for selling prescription narcotics on Pleasant Street Saturday afternoon is scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court this morning.

Ronald J. Mastronardi, 66, of 128 Pleasant St., Marblehead, is expected to be arraigned on charges of possessing a class B substance with intent to distribute, subsequent offense; possessing a class B substance; committing a drug violation in a school zone; possessing a class E substance; and assault and battery on a police officer.

At 1:54 p.m., Sgt. Sean Sweeney reportedly saw Mastronardi walking down Pleasant Street toward the home of a Sevinor Road woman whom a confidential informant told police had been recently purchasing prescription narcotics from Mastronardi, according to court documents.

Sweeney reportedly pulled into the parking lot and witnessed Mastronardi conduct what appeared to be a hand-to-hand drug exchange with Marcey Snow, 50, of 10 Sevinor Road, Marblehead.

Following the exchange, Sweeney reportedly approached the pair and asked them what they were doing.

Mastronardi reportedly showed Sweeney an unlabeled prescription pill bottle he was carrying in his pocket that was "almost full" with an assortment of pills, while Snow attempted to hide the napkin he had just handed her in her purse, according to court documents.

Sweeney reported that a subsequent search of Snow's purse revealed a folded up napkin containing two pills - the pills would later be identified as methamphetamine and Suboxone.

During the booking process, Mastronardi reportedly became "belligerent" and threw his shoe at Sweeney before being led to a holding cell, according to the report.

His unlabeled prescription bottle was found to contain 19 Penicillin tablets, three methamphetamine pills and nine Gabapentin capsules.

The alleged drug deal took place within 50 yards of .

In 2002, Mastronardi reportedly served a 2 ½-year prison sentence for illegal possession of prescription narcotics.

Both Mastonardi and Snow are expected to be arraigned this morning in Lynn District Court.

Joseph McGrath July 17, 2012 at 10:31 AM
These people need the right treatment program and it doesn't help that their problems are plastered all over this site. Things have not changed apparently from the early eighties when relatively good folks lives and reputationsns and futures were ruined for sensationalist hullabaloo.
atlantic123 July 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
AMEN Joe. The local media in this town seems to like to destroy lives.
The Kid July 17, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Blame the media? Really? That's your only reaction to this article after a convicted felon is busted again for drugs in our town ... 128 Pleasant Street is the place to be these days. His kid was busted twice in the past two weeks. Maybe they'll do time together in the clink.
sue July 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Omg this is meth not pot...maybe its time to show these people who is in charge, and the young folks what is the punishment is for this stuff, if you want a drugged town, move out
Tina July 17, 2012 at 04:13 PM
The Kid, you should be ashamed of yourself. Ever think that his son never stood a chance with a dad like that? For shame.
MHD1993 July 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Google the last name. The whole family is a lost cause.
MC July 17, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I agree, Tina. Maybe if we gathered around this boy and supported him like the great community we claim to be, instead of turning our back on kids from extremely difficult circumstances because we are afraid it might rub off on our own children, we wouldn't have so many troubled kids here. Yes, people there are alot of troubled kids in Marblehead. Your friend's kids, your neighbor's kids, and maybe even yours. Reach out instead of turning your backs and thinking you are above it all. No one is.
ps July 17, 2012 at 07:39 PM
lets see...bank gets held up...not that long ago,.....beach bluff gets robbed..cant catch them.......but got a whole vial of pills from some some scumbag....great job !!!
nana July 17, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Shame on you detective sergeant Sean Sweeney! Where i come from you could have posted a comment but not identified yourself - you would have had to go through a chain of command and if they saw fit to make a statement it would not have been like this I am sure. Law enforcement officers certainly do not get the respect or praise they deserve - most of what you hear is negative, not positive. I am thankful for them and appreciate the dangerous job they do. Your comment was angry and you sound very frustrated - I can only hope this attitude does not come out in the performance of your job. Unfortunately the only news we get is what we read in articles, etc. and I have personal knowledge that it is not accurate!! Maybe the reporters should be held more responsible for their reporting. Keep up your good work and thank you for all you do!!
The Kid July 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Classic. Let's give the police officer the hard time? Please. Just thank the sgt and move on nana. Time for you to stop over-analyzing a 5 sentence comment. Let's get back to blamingthe media for sensationalizing what has to be the worst crime family in town (or at least the family having the worst month trying to stay on the right side of the law). Jeepers creepers ... Everybody's a little sensitive. Maybe it is the heat.
Tina July 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
When you sign your post Detective, that implies you are speaking for the department. Just saying.
Owen Boss (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Here is an article detailing the arrest made in connection to the armed robbery at Beach Bluff Liquors last year : http://patch.com/A-q6kx
Lori Peace July 18, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The only ones ruining these people's lives, unfortunately, are these people...they reacted by the choices they made...do they need help? Absolutely. People need to quit making excuses for everyone else...the drugs in this town run rampid, and so do the amount of people in it who need help. Judge not, but it is what it is.
ps July 18, 2012 at 08:20 AM
yes i know the beach bluff ppl where caught..but not in marblehead..i think it was hamilton...so i dont know what your correcting ...i know the dept does a great job..i am avid scanner listener...sorry about the sacastic remark
ps July 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM
thanks sean.....i really ment no disrespect .i know you have alot of passion at what you do ..keep up the good work...
Tina July 18, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I'm not sure how my comment came off as I as blaming the police. I certainly appreciate the hard work you do every day on this case, and others. All I was saying is when you sign your post with your title, that implies you are speaking in an official capacity, not as a private citizen. And to use your example, of a doctor goes to a medical blog and starts commenting on medical procedures, and signs his/her post DR., then I would certainly think that is commenting in an official capacity and not as a private citizen. I don't think I'm alone in thinking that. I don't mean this as a personal attack and I have the utmost respect for what you do. I just think a little more care is needed to differentiate your comments from your position.
joanne July 18, 2012 at 02:20 PM
"let he who is without sin, cast the first stone" yes, there are a lot of "troubled " kids in town, however most are good kids that make bad choices. It is a town consisting of the "haves" and the "have nots" and not an easy place to grow up. When the "troubled" child comes from money, they are sent to various boarding schools,boot camps or treatment centers, when the child comes from modest means, they are often arrested , sent to the Plummer home for boys(if the are lucky) or kicked out of their homes or put in the foster system. Often times, parent's file a CHINS on their own children because they just don't want to be bothered with them. once the child turns 17, they are often homeless. Yes, homelessness in Marblehead. Some will choose to sleep in the woods in a tent, at the beach or at Seasideon a bench, but most "couch surf", if they are lucky enough to have friends with compassionate parents. It is heartbreaking and a real issue in Marblehead.
SEP July 18, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Mr. Sweeney; You, as a police officer, should keep your opinions out of these discussions. Very unprofessional.
Salty July 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Keep up the good work detective. Fantastic that a felon gets busted and all people care about is a posting on a blog. These same people will be the first to call MHPD when they have an issue. Maybe is wasnt the most epic bust in history, but it got one more drug dealer off the street! Well Done
Jo July 21, 2012 at 12:57 AM
There are so many many problems in this quaint sea side little town. I wonder why? My guess is because the blame is always on someone other than the perp. People blame the school, the police, friends, neighbors, having money, having no money....here's what is real. Kids who are raised in an environment where they are genuinely and honestly loved and nurtured, regardless of wealth or brains...turn out just fine....the others don't. Good kids don't make choices that are so bad that they hurt someone else...kids who do that are troubled and deviant and need immediate strong intervention...cause if they don't get it as kids they end up like the 66 yr old meth dealer in is article....or like Dylan Kleebold....remember him?
Oldtown July 21, 2012 at 10:45 AM
The type of tolerance many of you talk about here is a two-edged sword, Tina, mc, jb. Not everyone who grows up in a troubled family turns out to be an scumbag, but doing so is not an excuse for breaking the law, ever. Maybe we should just let them off with a warning, then we can all hold a candlelight vigil. When I was a kid if you were a scumbag and broke the law you were likely to get an ass-kicking from the police. Guess what? We didn't have this crap going on in town. Not saying it was right or wrong, but it worked. As long as parts of society, like many of the bleeding hearts in this town, keep making excuses for these low life's, we'll continue to have to put up with them. Throw them in jail where they belong and be done with it.
Marie Teldon July 22, 2012 at 05:32 AM
so are we supposed to just sweep things under the rug and not address them, pretty sure if this was Lynn or any other city/town that has a bad rep, you would be all for getting the dealer off the street but because it happens here it’s completely different. News flash we are no different than any other town or city we have our problems like everywhere else and we should deal with them accordingly and not give people special treatment just because they have the good fortune to live in an upscale community. The Police have a tough job to do on a day to day basis; they're one of the only professions that don’t know if they're coming home at the end of their shift. So next time try not to be so bias just because of the great and relatively safe community we live in a big part of that is the police.
Frank Mulligan July 22, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Tax payers paying for his time in JAIL. We really need to make changes FAST. When things happen todasy. The fines and the TIME they get is NOT GOOD ENOUGH. 3 Strikes your OUT.
Gumshoe August 15, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Also you want to give those predators at the police department the authorization to beat possibly innocent people at their own dubious discretion? Hows that gonna work huh? Give peace a chance you communist.


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