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Ex-State Rep. Faces Drug Charges, Allegedly Had Meth Worth $50,000

BOSTON — A former House member who represented Lexington was arraigned Thursday in West Roxbury District Court on meth trafficking charges following his arrest Wednesday.

Stephen Doran of Dorchester was stopped at 12:30 pm. Tuesday by State Police as he left the Match Charter Middle School, where he works as a tutor.

Police conducting an investigation had obtained a warrant to search a package sent to Doran but addressed to the school and police stopped him as he left the school and opened the package, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley’s office.

Police recovered two heat-sealed baggies containing 480 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine, the DA’s office reported Wednesday.

Authorities said that because the substance was sent to the school, Doran also faces charges on violating laws aimed at discouraging drugs in school zones.

State Police obtained a second warrant to search Doran’s Dorchester home and recovered 38 grams of the substance, $10,000 in cash, a digital scale and “other items consistent with drug distribution,” according to Conley’s office, which estimates the street value of the seized drugs at about $50,000.

According to his bio, Doran served in the House throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, including a stint as chairman of the House Ethics Committee. He attended Lexington High School, UMass-Amherst and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Doran’s attorneys, Vincent Murray Jr. and Joseph Eisenstadt, did not return phone calls.

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