WAREHAM — A 79-year-old man is under arrest on multiple drug charges following a raid of his Wareham home and his capture in Taunton.

On Tuesday morning, August 13, detectives and patrol officers of the Wareham Police Department raided a home at 124 Highland Shores Drive after securing a search warrant for illegal drugs. The raid comes after a joint investigation with multiple agencies.

Courtesy Wareham Police
Courtesy Wareham Police

During the search, detectives confiscated 175 grams of suspected cocaine, pills, and packaging materials for illegal drugs.

Courtesy Wareham Police

Anthony Frates, 79, of that address is being charged by Wareham Police with trafficking in cocaine, two counts of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug, and possession with intent to distribute a Class C drug.

Frates was arrested this morning by members of the Taunton Police Street Crimes Unit, in Taunton, after it was determined that he was frequently traveling back and forth between the two communities. A second location in Taunton was also raided this morning as part of this investigation.

Assisting the Wareham and Taunton Police departments were officers of the Drug Enforcement Agency, Massachusetts Parole, and the Massachusetts Department of Corrections K-9 Unit. Frates was actively on parole for drug charges that originated out of Taunton several years ago.

“I am proud of the work completed by our detectives as well as the members of the Taunton police and assisting agencies, they did an outstanding job,” said Wareham Police Acting Chief John Walcek.

--Information from a Wareham Police press release was used in this report.