Wednesday, July 17, 2024

These materials seized Wednesday in a drug bust, Cambridge police say. (Photo: Cambridge Police Department)

A drug dealer was busted Wednesday with nearly 90 grams of crack cocaine “after a monthslong investigation into drug activity in Central Square,” Cambridge police said.

The drug evidence seized “is consistent with a street-level drug distribution operation,” police said in publicizing the arrest of the suspected seller, Cedric Ingram, 57.

A search warrant was executed at 6:30 a.m. on the 800 block of Massachusetts Avenue – an address that puts it across from City Hall where there is the Citywide Senior Center and single-resident-occupancy housing for men run by Caritas Communities in a YMCA building. There were no sales out of the residence, where Ingram has lived since December, police spokesperson Robert Goulston said.

The arrest was without incident, police said, and Ingram was changed with trafficking more than 36 grams of cocaine, subsequent possession with intent to distribute and drug violation within a school or park zone. The Global Children School of Cambridge, a day care center, is around the corner on Sellers Street.

“This arrest was the result of a long investigation,” police said, “with the goal of addressing drug activity in Central Square.”

The Central Square area has seen a concentration of crime in Cambridge recently that has come to dominate dialogue about it, and a Thanksgiving Day fatal shooting of two people was conjectured to be drug-related. One of the victims was the target of four men seen rushing from the scene, according to a man who said Dec. 6 that he arrived immediately after hearing shots fired. “I thought it was just a drug territory thing,” the man said at a community meeting.