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Waltham DPW Worker Busted for Dealing Drugs At Work

The defendant pleaded not guilty on Friday.

David M. Caira faces serious drug charges.
David M. Caira faces serious drug charges.

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. 

stickler_for_details August 09, 2013 at 11:53 AM
So, did he plead guilty or not guilty?
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) August 09, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Not guilty.
Alice H August 09, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Here's an idea. Let's give him a big city pension!
Curious August 09, 2013 at 05:58 PM
Another "leave with pay"? Hmm did his history or firearm charges give a hint to his character? Does the city bother to do a CORI on employment applicants?
John August 10, 2013 at 02:27 PM
It's a technical point, but the guy did not have a criminal record up until this incident. If the prosecution dismisses the case, one does not have a criminal record. Please report the facts more accurately. A criminal record is only gained on conviction or pleading guilty.
Ryan Grannan-Doll (Editor) August 10, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Hi John, Thanks for the comment. The facts are reported accurately as stated in the court files in my possession. I am certainly not an attorney and they know far more about the issue raised than I do. We made a small change to say Mr. Caira has had "brushes with the law," because he certainly has had them.
hawk August 27, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Good Ole' Waltham leadership. "Arrested for selling HEROIN ON THE JOB!? Here's some time off with pay!". Waltham's people of power have set the bar lower than a heroin dealer.

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