Dedham: Weymouth Man Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Trafficking Charges

A Weymouth man pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking charges in Norfolk Superior Court.

Max Russo, 29, is charged with Trafficking Fentanyl over 36 grams or more and Trafficking Cocaine in 18 grams or more. He’s also facing two counts of Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws.

Assistant Norfolk County District Attorney Kevin Burke says in April, Weymouth Police were called to 275 Lake Street for a suspicious vehicle. Russo and co-defendant Ashley Pinto appeared to be asleep in the vehicle, and police knocked on the windows.

Suspecting drug activity, Russo was asked to step out of the vehicle. As he stepped out, police allege a bag containing powder fell out of his lap. He threw the bag back into the vehicle.

Police say additional bags were found in the car and were tested at the State Police Crime lab. Several tested positive for fentanyl and cocaine.

Russo has been held since his arraignment at Quincy District Court in April.

Defense Attorney Edward Clancy says Russo voluntarily entered a drug treatment program at the Casper House in Somerville.

Judge Beverly Cannone set $7,500 cash bail and Russo was ordered to complete the in-patient drug treatment program if he makes bail.

He’s due back in court on October 25th.

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