Police Arrest 3, Seize Money and Drugs After Road Rage Incident

Arlington police arrested three men and seized drugs and cash after a gun was allegedly shown during a road rage incident in Chelsea.

Police identified the suspects as Jason S. Butler, 23, Malachi Barnett, 23, and Branden D. Taylor, 24, all of Everett, Massachusetts.

Chelsea police informed Arlington police of a road rage incident in which one party allegedly flashed a firearm at about 10 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle involved, a gray 2010 Honda CRV, was registered to an Everett woman who was known to work in Arlington, police said.

According to police, officers located the vehicle in Arlington and conducted a traffic stop.

While searching the vehicle, officers found a red backpack with $25,000 in cash, about 12 ounces of marijuana packed in small plastic baggies, a digital scale and a 150 count of resealable plastic bags.

According to police, the three men in the car, Barnett, Taylor and Butler, were taken into custody without incident.

No firearm was found.

Chief of Arlington police Frederick Ryan said that the arrest was carried out thanks to two municipal law enforcement agencies working together.

"The messages are clear: Criminals cannot escape by coming across a municipal border, and while our communities have made great strides toward helping those who use drugs, we continue to aggressively pursue those who sell drugs," Ryan said.

The three suspects were charged with possession of a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute. Butler was also charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

The suspects were processed at the Arlington Police Department and will be arraigned in Cambridge District Court on Tuesday.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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