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Worcester Investigation Leads to Arrest of 2 Men on Drug, Weapons Charges

Following the arrest of two men, state and local police executed a search warrant at 85 Harding St., prompting the building to be evacuated, authorities said

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Two Massachusetts men are facing drug and weapons charges following a narcotics investigation by state police on Wednesday, the Worcester County District Attorney's office announced.

The investigation took place all day long in a fourth-floor apartment at 85 Harding St. following the execution of a search warrant, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early.

David Dolan, 38, and Weah Wisner, 33, both of Worcester, were arrested by detectives a day earlier, authorities said.

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While police were conducting the search warrant, detectives thought they found bomb-making materials inside the apartment and evacuated the building, the district attorney said.

Traffic on Harding Street -- from Temple to Winter streets -- was impacted for several hours while state police, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, the Firearms Identification Section and the Special Tactical Operations (STOP) Team responded.

Although it was unclear exactly what authorities found, investigators could be seen removing bags of evidence, including tubes, from the large building in the residential and commercial neighborhood.

"I'd like to know what's going on… brown paper bags. I'm just wondering," nearby resident Richard Botelho observed.

Residents in the area said officers started arriving first thing in the morning, spending hours inside the building.

"This is an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public," police tweeted during the early afternoon.

The police presence forced at least one nearby business owner to shut down.

"We had to close at 2," said Fairway Beef owner, Jack Sigel. "What a total disaster."

Dolan is awaiting arraignment, authorities said. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing on an open warrant for a previous home invasion and illegal possession of a firearm, according to the district attorney.

Wisner was arraigned in Central District Court and ordered held on $10,000 bail. He is charged with trafficking cocaine, distributing cocaine, two counts of carrying a firearm without a license, two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card and possession of a firearm while committing a felony, the district attorney said. He is due back in court Oct. 8.

It's unclear if either man has attorneys.

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