Police arrested a cab driver, Charles Schafer, 28, of Lowell, in the area of 80 Bridge Street tonight about 8 p.m., after narcotics detectives saw Schafer conduct a hand-to-hand drug transaction in a Centralville parking lot while driving a cab, police said.
Detectives with the Special Investigations Unit were conducting surveillance on street-level drug dealing in an undisclosed part of Centralville when they saw Schafer conduct what they believed was a drug deal, police said. They followed him and pulled over his cab on Bridge Street, and found a small amount of Suboxone and cash in his cab, police said.
Schafer was charged with possession of a class B substance, distribution of a class B substance, distribution of a class B substance in a school zone, possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, and possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute in a school zone.
Police did not immediately identify the company he was driving for, and I couldn’t see any markings on his yellow cab. Another driver for the company met police at the scene of the arrest and drove the cab away.