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Target of drive-by shooting in Swampscott arrested on drug charges

Police seized a large quantity of pills (Swampscott Police )

SWAMPSCOTT — The target of a drive-by shooting near Clarke Elementary School in September has been arrested on drug charges.

Joseph Graciale, 37, of Swampscott, was charged with Class B and E drug possession with intent to distribute after police executed a search warrant at his Stetson Avenue home, according to Swampscott Police Sgt. Tim Cassidy.

Police seized hundreds of pharmaceutical grade pills packaged for distribution. The warrant was executed on Friday morning following numerous neighborhood complaints of drug activity at 111 Stetson Ave., Cassidy said.

Graciale may face other charges.

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