, Gloucester, MA

January 15, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: City man faces heroin charges


By James Niedzinski
Staff Writer

---- — Gloucester police arrested a “well-known heroin dealer” on Saturday shortly after 6 p.m. following an undercover drug probe, according to a police report.

Police arrested Richard Deoleo, 46, of 17 Washington Square after they observed him carrying out a drug transaction off East Main Street.

According to the police report, Gloucester officers have been working in cooperation with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which identified Deoleo as a major heroin supplier and street level dealer in Gloucester and across Cape Ann.

Based on past research and surveillance, police identified Deoleo’s car, a black 1997 Cadillac Catera. Police arrested Deoleo on the way back to his car, where he gave them a struggle.

He was held on a $20,000 bail and transported to Middleton Jail.

He is being charged with distribution of heroin, a class A substance, distribution of heroin in a school zone and resisting arrest.

After learning a suspect was staying at an apartment building on 222 Main St. in Gloucester, police arrested Michael Kuch, 26 of Mill Street, Manchester, Monday at 8:20 a.m. on five separate warrants for his arrest.

The police report indicated that “Mr. Kuch has a long history with the Gloucester Police and is known for running when confronted by police.”

The renter of the apartment said Kuch was not inside, but gave police verbal consent to enter and search the area. Police then found Kuch next to a bed, with his head stuck under it, according to the report.

Police did not outline specific charges listed in the warrants.

James Niedzinski can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3455, or at