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Canton Animal Control Officer Found with Cocaine in Town Van, Police Said

Stoughton Police arrested the Canton Animal Control Officer after an alleged drug deal last week.

The Canton last week in Stoughton allegedly bought cocaine from a drug dealer while in his town Animal Control van.

Paul Bastable was arrested on August 8 when police spotted a “small glassine baggie containing a white substance” in plain sight in his van, according to a Stoughton Police report written by Detective Erik Feist.

The substance tested positive for cocaine, according to the police report.

Bastable, 40,  was found to be in possession of four grams of cocaine, valued at $400, according to police. Armando (Cedona) Arocho, who was also arrested, was found to be in possession of 14 grams of cocaine valued at $1,700 and had $175 worth of heroine, according to police.

The Canton resident was charged with possession of a Class B drug; possession to distribute a Class B drug; and conspiracy to violate drug law, according to police.

Stoughton Police also arrested Arocho at the scene. The 28-year-old Malden resident was charged with trafficking cocaine; distributing cocaine; possession to distribute a Class A drug; possession of a Class A drug; and conspiracy to violate drug law.

Stoughton Police encountered Bastable during a police surveillance targeting Arocho in the Page’s Market parking lot in Stoughton.

According to the report, Bastable did not enter the store. He parked his van, entered a Gray Honda that Arocho was driving, sat in the passenger seat for less than one minute, got back into his Animal Control van and drove off down Pearl Street toward Canton.

When the officer pulled Bastable over, he asked him whom he was meeting at Page’s.  “Bastable told me that he was meeting a guy in a gray mini-van that had some information on a lost dog,” Det. Feist stated in his report.

Bastable was arraigned on August 9 in Stoughton District Court.  He is due back in court on September 20 for a pre-trial hearing.

The Board of Selectmen placed Bastable on paid administrative leave on August 9 during the town's internal investigation.

Stoughton Patch Editor Jeff Pickette contributed to this report.

Cathy Dalton August 18, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Paid leave?? Maybe he should be on unpaid leave until the trial determines him innocent or guilty. IF innocent, then pay him retroactive. Too many people wish they had a job with a vehicle that deserve it. Not a good thing for nice kids who look up to the nice animal control officer.
Mary Therese OToole September 06, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Ya, my guess is in a perfect world your kids will be perfect and never have any issues. Sometimes it's best to just say nothing and let someone get on with their life as opposed to judging. Some day we will all be judged and based on what this guy has done for the animal lovers of this town and for animals that would surely have been put down, I say let's move on. His judgement day is going to come from a higher power than yourself.
Cathy Dalton September 06, 2011 at 03:37 AM
Ok, say nothing
Mary Therese OToole September 07, 2011 at 02:17 PM
This happened August 8th. Why the need to keep it going. He's already lost his job what more do you want. Would it please you if we just took him to the center of town and stoned him? I mean really...
Trot Nixon September 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Here's an idea...you wanna stay out of the press? Don't deal drugs out of your town issued vehicle....

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