ATTLEBORO — Two men arrested in a drug raid at a South Main Street home, including the homeowner, have been indicted by a Bristol County grand jury.
The two suspects, John Zito, 40, whose home at 271 South Main St. was raided Sept. 11, and Robert Messinger, 24, of Pawtucket, have not been scheduled yet for arraignment in Fall River Superior Court.
A bench warrant was issued in superior court for Messinger, whose whereabouts are unknown.
The two men were indicted on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Because Messinger has a prior conviction, he was charged with a subsequent offense of possession with intent to distribute heroin.
They previously pleaded innocent in Attleboro District Court after their arrests. The indictments transfer their cases for prosecution in superior court, where they face harsher penalties if convicted.
During the raid, police seized small amounts of suspected heroin and cocaine in addition to alleged drug paraphernalia and $3,300 cash.
Two other men, Jernell Cook, 32, of 271 South Main St., and Justin Croke, 25, of Rehoboth, were also arrested on drug charges. They have pleaded innocent and their cases are pending in Attleboro District Court.
Prosecutors say police witnessed Zito’s co-defendants meeting on several occasions with people outside the home or in cars in a manner consistent with drug transactions. Zito allegedly acted as the lookout.
Zito’s lawyer, James Caramanica of Attleboro, disputed the allegations and said police lacked evidence of wrongdoing against his client.