A Waltham Consolidated Public Works employee was arrested on Wednesday on charges that he was buying and selling drugs while at work, according to court records.
David M. Caira, 50, of 52 Bennett St., Waltham, was arrested on Aug. 7 and charged with possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute (heroin), possession of a class B substance (cocaine) and conspiracy to violate the drug laws, according to Newton District Court records.
Caira pleaded not guilty on Friday during his arraignment hearing, according tot he Middlesex County District Attorney's Office. He was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled for a an Aug. 28 pre-trial hearing. Caira declined to comment to reporters after his hearing.
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy issued a statement Friday after Caira's hearing.
"He has been placed on administrative leave with pay until an indictment issues. I received a complaint, it was forwarded to the Police Chief who followed up with it, leading to an arrest," McCarthy said.
Domenic Castriotta, 29, of 32 Harris St., Acton, was arrested with Caira and charged with conspiracy to violate the drug law, according to court records. Castriotta was due in court on Friday.
The Suburban Middlesex County Drug Task Force, comprised of officers from area police departments, arrested Caira at the intersection of Rowe and Webster streets on Wednesday after a lengthy investigation, according to court records.
According to police reports, Caira was involved in drug activity while at work and even used a city vehicle during drug transactions.
Mayor Jeannette McCarthy could not be reached for comment immediately about Caira’s employment status.
Caira has had previous brushes with the law, according to court records.
In September 2003, Caira admitted to sufficient facts found on four counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card. His case was continued without a finding and dismissed on the recommendation of the Probation Department.
In an April 2003 case, Caira admitted to sufficient facts found on possession of a firearm without an FID card. He was also charged with malicious destruction of property over $250, but prosecutors dismissed that charge.