Wareham Police arrest drug dealer in Shangri La, seize cocaine, $4,000 cash

Jul 18, 2018
Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department Wareham Police seized 24.3 grams of suspected crack cocaine and over $4,000 worth of cash from a drug bust on Tuesday, July 17.

Wareham Police arrested a 44-year-old New Bedford man on Tuesday, July 17, after multiple complaints of drug dealing in the Shangri La neighborhood from residents. A search of both the suspect's car and home yielded large amounts of crack cocaine and cash, police said.

The dealer, Tayon Woodley, is now facing a slew of charges after police caught him during an alleged drug deal in Wareham and then raided his home in New Bedford.

Members of the Wareham Police Detective Division observed Woodley pull into the beach at Blissful Lane around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday morning where they watched him complete a suspected drug transaction.

Detectives converged on Woodley who fled down stairs to the beach with detectives in pursuit. After a short foot chase, Woodley was captured.

Woodley and the other man in the transaction, Charles Babb, 51, of East Wareham, were both arrested.

In the vehicle belonging to Babb detectives found a white substance believed to be crack cocaine. On Woodley’s person and car detectives located $828 in cash. Both men were transported to Wareham Police Headquarters where they were processed and were due in Wareham District Court on July 18.

Wareham Detectives later secured a search warrant for Woodley’s residence in New Bedford. Wareham Police detectives raided the house at 5 p.m. and confiscated 24.3 grams of a white substance also believed to crack cocaine.

Multiple pills marked Xanax and Oxycodone were also found among several other items consistent with the distribution of illegal narcotics. This included baggies, a scale and nearly $4,500 in cash. Woodley’s vehicle was seized as part of the arrest and subsequent raid.

Acting Police Chief John Walcek praised detectives for their hard work throughout the investigation.

"The Wareham Police Department takes citizen reports of drug dealing very seriously,” Walcek said.

He further added that drug dealers peddle poison, ruining the quality of life for citizens.

"We are going to pursue them relentlessly," Walcek said. "A family going to enjoy the beach should not have watch an illegal drug transaction occurring, and we are not going to ease up one bit on these criminals.”

Wareham detectives were assisted throughout the investigation by detectives from the Middleborough, Mattapoisett and Dartmouth Police Departments as well as State Police from the Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

Tayson Woodley has been charged as follows:

  • Distribution of a class “B” Drug
  • Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws
  • Trafficking in Cocaine
  • Possession of a Class “E” Drug With Intent to Distribute
  • Possession of a Class “B” Drug With Intent to Distribute 2 Counts, subsequent offense

Charles Babb has been charged as follows:

  • Possession of a Class “B” Drug
  • Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws
Tayon Woodley (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Charles Babb (Courtesy of: Wareham Police Department)
Comments (15)
Posted by: Swifts_Sheriff | Jul 18, 2018 14:10

Crack is Whack ...... good job ....

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 18, 2018 14:32

So glad they caught these thugs

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 18, 2018 14:41

Shang needs this!  Keep on looking.  There's got to be more.


Thank You! Thank You Chief Walcek.  I'm dropping the word acting because he's the best!  I love his quote: "We are going to pursue them relentlessly," Walcek said. "A family going to enjoy the beach should not have watch an illegal drug transaction occurring, and we are not going to ease up one bit on these criminals.” So true!  Wareham has so many beaches, parks, piers, etc. that have become the locations for drug deals and illegal activity.  The residents want their town back and it looks like Chief Walcek is going to make it happen!



Posted by: shop247 | Jul 18, 2018 15:39

Awesome job!

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Jul 18, 2018 16:36

Another day and more reasons to be proud of and appreciative of Wareham's police officers.


Thank you "Acting" Police Chief Walcek; I hope the powers-that-be soon move you on to the title of "Police Chief." It's nice to see the reports of arrests pouring forth and to note that you are among the officers out in the field making arrests.

Posted by: Society for Suppression of Noise | Jul 18, 2018 20:48

These stories are just awesome.  Keep up the great work, WPD!

Posted by: Brennan McKiernan | Jul 18, 2018 21:37

Chief Walcek was my DARE officer back at Decas school in the late 80s and early 90s. He's always been committed to the community, and if recent events are any indication, he may have the leadership to finally turn things around and turn off "the magnet" one poster keeps talking about.  I pray all our officers stay safe.  We really can be the community we were when I was growing up. It's great to see citizens working with police to make us a place people want to visit,  raise children, open a business,  etc.  If we can just fix our schools,  we'll be on our way


Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 18, 2018 23:48

Brennan-I may have referenced that darned magnet once or twice :) Walcek and the rest of the WPD are really giving us hope that demagnetization may be happening!


About the schools...yea, currently there is controversy about the new school and yea, a certain head honcho does get a lot of criticism.  That's true, but the school system isn't nearly as bad as it's hyped up to be. There are so many great teachers and faculty that really care. It comes down to what a student makes of it.

Posted by: Brennan McKiernan | Jul 19, 2018 01:59

WBTS, I don't want to get off topic,  but my son is on the Autism spectrum and Wareham Schools have bent over backwards to accomidate him and help him succeed. As a Wareham grad myself, I support the schools, but even the great teachers are frustrated at times by the challenges the schools face. They are constantly trying to provide new opportunities, programs, and technology to give our kids the best education possible. But theres a problem somewhere. Whether its in the administration, the budget, or just in the way we view the schools, something needs to be fixed.

Maybe by cleaning up the town, we can start to show some pride in our community again and work to fix it together, instead of everyone pointing fingers, focusing on the negatives, and feeling hopeless.

Posted by: WWareham resident | Jul 19, 2018 07:45

Go get em WPD!  GREAT job by all involved.


Kudos to Chief Walcek .......

Posted by: desertsky | Jul 19, 2018 07:51

Really starting to feel proud (finally...) of the WPD...with the leadership that's in place now things are finally starting to happen. Day after day we see the results when leadership gets involved. Great job guys!!!

Posted by: JJones | Jul 19, 2018 08:01

I agree with all the posts from above... I like that Chief Walcek is really behind all his men and women!  Good luck and thanks to all the WPD.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jul 19, 2018 08:42

Brennan- agree about not getting off topic. But quickly do want to agree about the way the schools are viewed.  That's a huge issue.  Many have a bad impression without really experiencing anything bad. With that, the schools don't have a chance.

Posted by: rhbinma | Jul 19, 2018 11:23

WPD is doing a great job keep up the good work and it will pay off. People will stop coming here cause they know the police are watching.

I think a lot of the issues at schools in general there is no more discipline when I was in school if you messed up you got in trouble. And there are parents that just don't care its a vacation for them to send there kids to school.

Posted by: Steve Holmes | Jul 20, 2018 09:39

Congratulations to the residents as well as the WPD. They are tired of living in this environment and are banding together to help the police by not acting as police but reporting. It used to be drug dealing was done at night, now they are brazen enough to do it right in the middle of the day . I hope the judge keeps these guys in jail, and not let them back on the streets after their hearing.

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