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posted June 29, 2018
Detectives raided Max’s Blues Cafe, at 68 Field St., and seized a stolen gun and cocaine following an investigation throughout the month of June.
BROCKTON — Detectives raided a city bar and arrested three people after seizing a stolen gun and drugs Thursday afternoon, police said.
State police detectives assigned to the Plymouth County district attorney’s office executed a search warrant at Max’s Blues Cafe, also known as Max’s Hideout, at 68 Field St., about 4:45 p.m.
The raid was conducted following an investigation “into the illegal distribution of cocaine” from the bar throughout the month of June, said Beth Stone, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Timothy Cruz.
When state police detectives, with assistance from Brockton police, executed the search warrant, they seized about 36 grams of suspected cocaine, a stolen .45-caliber Sig Sauer handgun, ammunition and cash, Stone said.
Three people -- Dwayne Martin, Kristina Jean Levesque and Antonio Lamont Millner -- were taken into custody when police say they found each of them to be in possession of cocaine.
Martin is also facing firearm charges after police say he would found to be in possession of a stolen handgun.
Martin, 35, of 100 Spring St., Apt. 1F, Bridgewater, was charged with trafficking cocaine, illegal possession of a large-capacity firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, drug violation in a school zone and conspiracy to violate the drug law.
Levesque, 40, of 8 Union St., Apt. 6, Taunton, and Millner, 51, of 12 Harley St., Dorchester, were each charged with illegal possession of a Class B substance.
A fourth person, 60-year-old Christopher Lynch of Easton, was issued a summons on criminal charges.
The three who were arrested are scheduled to be arraigned Friday in Brockton District Court.
Max’s was recently in trouble with the city when two people were shot outside on July 9 last year. As part of the investigation into the gunfire, city officials found several violations inside, causing the bar to go before the Brockton License Commission.
The commission moved the bar’s closing time back an hour, from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m., after officials found code violations, including smoking indoors, staying open beyond licensed hours of operation, a customer drinking from a whiskey bottle and a fight that went unreported by the business.
City assessors records list the owners of the two-story building, which is at the corner of North Montello and Field streets, as Louis and Peter Asack. They purchased the building for $90,000 in October 1999 and paid an additional $10,000 in back taxes the following month.
Max’s Hideout was granted a permit by the city in October 2003 after a five-year effort by the new owners to open a restaurant offering jazz, blues, dining and dancing. The building was previously the home of Montello Gardens.
The raid followed a two-day warrant sweep in the city that resulted in 27 arrests.