Danville Express

Newsfront - January 12, 2007

Caught white-handed

Police arrest Danville brothers for selling cocaine worth $9,000

by Jordan M. Doronila

Danville police arrested two brothers on suspicion of selling cocaine near Blackhawk last week.

Officer Bryant Williams arrested 36-year-old Michael Dudley on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale, on Thursday morning, Jan. 4. Danville police detectives and narcotics agents then arrested Dudley's brother Gary Scalarone, 35, on suspicion of possessing cocaine for sale in addition to other charges.

Scalarone, sometimes known as Gary Lane, was also charged with being an ex-felon carrying a firearm and holding it in public, according to police reports. He was taken from his home on Marigold Street, near Lawrence Road.

Police said Dudley carried 2 ounces of cocaine, and Scalarone held 2 more ounces in his home. Police said the cocaine has a street value of $9,000. Narcotic agents also found and seized $6,200 in cash, a Rolex watch and a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck from Dudley's residence.

The brothers were taken to the Martinez Detention Facility. Bail was set for Dudley at $30,000 and for Scalarone at $75,000.

Danville Sgt. Troy Craig said the arrests were made after the Police Department received a call about a suspicious man from a Danville resident who saw Dudley carrying three duffle bags at Crow Canyon Road and Camino Ramon. Officer Williams stopped him and performed an investigation.

"We know the faces in our neighborhood," Craig said. "When you see someone unfamiliar, it makes you raise your eyebrows."

After investigating, Williams found that Dudley had an arrest warrant for driving while intoxicated. He soon discovered that he carried 2 ounces of cocaine, which is a fistful size, said Craig.

The incident led police to his brother Scalarone, who had been holding, selling and packaging cocaine, according to the police report. Craig said Scalarone has held several jobs, which included a pool business, low level acting and producing.

When police and narcotics agents arrived at his house, they saw Scalarone outside on his driveway, armed with a loaded handgun. However, Scalorone did not fire the gun and no one was injured.

"He submitted on his own," Craig said. "It was a very clean arrest."

The investigation is continuing.


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