2 arrested in connection to large-scale drug operation in Massachusetts

This is a photo of the money, guns, drugs, ammunition and an ATM police seized from a large-scale drug operation.

QUINCY, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts State Police said two people were arrested after a shipment of cocaine was tracked from Puerto Rico to the Bay State.

Police said they seized three kilos of suspected cocaine that was being shipped to 35-year-old Stephen Marsden.

Authorities linked Marsden to an ongoing large-scale drug operation and executed a search warrant on his home, his car and the home of a co-conspirator.

After searching his Quincy apartment, police said Marsden was found to be in possession of the following:

  • Five guns
  • 143 loose rounds of ammunition
  • Dozens of THC edible packages
  • Approximately 80 Xanax pills
  • One money counting device
  • Materials used for packing and distributing narcotics

Police later revealed that one of the guns seized from Marsden’s home was stolen during a housebreak in Oxford, North Carolina. Marsden does not have a license to carry a gun.

The co-conspirator, identified as 41-year-old Evans Klimavich, whose Worcester residence was raided while he was not home, was found to be in possession of the following:

  • Approximately 50 pounds of marijuana
  • Hundreds of vape cartridges
  • Psilocybin mushrooms
  • Approximately $52,000 in cash

Police said Klimavich arrived back at his home while they were searching and he was arrested and taken to the State Police Holden Barracks for booking.

A third residence associated with Marsden was searched. Police said the residence at 7 Oregon St. in Fall River was an office space rented by Marsden where they found the following:

  • Four ghost guns
  • Large capacity magazines
  • Several pounds of THC edibles
  • One ATM machine
  • Several disassembled ghost guns

Officials said the investigation into the multiple ghost guns remains ongoing.

Court records show Stephen Marsden was charged with the following offenses:

  • Trafficking cocaine
  • Possession of a class C narcotic (THC edibles) with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a class E narcotic (Xanax) with intent to distribute
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm (5 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm in commission of a felony
  • Unlawful possession of ammunition
  • Improper storage of a firearm

Marsden’s co-conspirator, Evans Klimavich, was charged with the following offenses:

  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Trafficking in marijuana
  • Trafficking in class C narcotics (vape cartridges and mushrooms)

Marsden was held on $50,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court. Klimavich is expected to be arraigned in the Worcester District Court later next week.

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