Route 6 Fuel raided for sales of drug paraphernalia

Jun 4, 2019

Wareham Police raided Route 6 Fuel, located at the corner of Marion Road and Swifts Beach Road, after reports of sales of drug paraphernalia by the clerk.

In May, detectives heard from various sources that customers could purchase a glass pipe and piece of a copper pad, commonly used for smoking crack cocaine, at the store if the customer used special code words with the clerk.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, a detective went undercover and used the code words with the clerk. The clerk, John Amaral, 57, of North Dartmouth, told the undercover officer that he would have to put the items in a bag and accepted payment.

Once the purchase was made, other officers entered the store and placed Amaral under arrest. Amaral is charged with possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia.

While the officers were at the store, the manager of the business, Mohammad Iqbal, 58, of New Bedford, arrived and was arrested. Iqbal is charged with possession with intent to distribute drug paraphernalia and operating after suspension of his driver’s license.

Police also seized more than 30 glass pipes and multiple copper pads.