After a lengthy investigation by detectives, a search warrant was granted for Verdone's Pizza at 24 Eastern Ave. The warrant was executed on January 6th at approximately 4:00pm. Upon securing the business by detectives, a customer was stopped who had allegedly just purchased illegal drugs at the counter. Further investigation revealed an amount of white powdery substance alleged to be cocaine, as well as a test tube and rock substance alleged to be crack cocaine, all in the food prep area.
An employee of the business, Patrick Richardson age 46 of Grant Ave. in Medford (pictured below), was charged with distribution of a class B substance subsequent offense, possession to distribute a class B substance subsequent offense, and drug violation near school zone. He was also arrested on an outstanding warrant. Richardson is to be arraigned at Malden District Court on the above charges.