Cab Driver Accused of Offering More than Rides

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.

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3 responses to “Cab Driver Accused of Offering More than Rides

  1. Things are tough all over! To make a passable living driving a cab @ 35 or 40% commission has always involved working an 80-hour week– or having another job during the day that paid a living wage…That being said, there are many honest, hard-working men & women working to clean up the old perceptions of cabbies as drunks,druggies or criminals–this smart guy being the exception. Good looking out,LPD!

  2. Driving a taxi is the worlds most dangerous job,and one that pays low wages with no benefits.Please respect your local taxi drivers as most are good honest and hard working people just trying to get by.

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