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ARLINGTON – Chief Julie Flaherty is pleased to report that the Arlington Police Department has arrested and charged a man with possession with intent to distribute more than two pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop.

KEITH EDWARD LOMBARDI, 54, OF ARLINGTONwas arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
  • Operating with a suspended license
  • Driving an unlicensed motor vehicle
  • Driving an uninsured motor vehicle
  • Possession or use of a false or stolen RMV document (inspection sticker)
  • Fixing plates

On Monday, February 28, at approximately 11:47 a.m., an Arlington police patrolman noticed a vehicle being driven by LOMBARDI in the River Street neighborhood of Arlington. LOMBARDI is known to Arlington police and is known to operate unlicensed motor vehicles even though his license is suspended.

Monday, LOMBARDI was driving a 2021 Ford F-150 pickup truck that had license plates reverted to a 2006 Mercedes Benz. An officer pulled LOMBARDI on River Street, confirmed that by LOMBARDI license was suspended and placed LOMBARDI in custody. An investigation also determined that LOMBARDI removed an inspection sticker from another vehicle and placed it on the van he was driving.

A subsequent search of the vehicle’s inventory led to the discovery of over two pounds of marijuana and over $24,000 in US currency. The marijuana was packaged in 12 individually wrapped pouches, each containing approximately 3 ounces of marijuana.

“In this case, the diligent work of an Arlington police officer terminated the operation of a well-known police drug dealer,” Chief Flaherty said.

LOMBARDI is due to stand trial in Cambridge District Court on Tuesday.

These are allegations. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in court.


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