Cambridge Police Arrest Three after Receiving Anonymous Tip via Text Message

Residents encouraged to share information to help keep their community safe


If you see something, say something.  That’s what one tipster in Cambridge did and it led to three males being arrested on drug–related charges.

At approximately 8:56 p.m. on April 25, Cambridge Police received an anonymous tip via text message containing information that a group of males was smoking marijuana and causing a disturbance on Pine Street in Cambridge.

Units were immediately dispatched to the scene, arriving at 9:02 p.m., where they discovered several males smoking marijuana outside.  After an investigation, police arrested Jeff Bonaventure, 18, of 1 Brookline Place in Cambridge for Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug, and Drug Violation Near School/Park Zone.  James Bonaventure, 18, of 1 Brookline Place in Cambridge was arrested for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug and Drug Violation Near School/Park Zone, and Tevin Brown, 20, of 37 Union Street in Cambridge was arrested for a warrant out of Woburn District Court for Receive Stolen Property.Drugs

Recovered on the males were several bags containing marijuana, cell phones, a digital scale, pocket knives, brass knuckles, and over $300 in U.S. currency. 

This was the second time in less than two weeks where information obtained from an anonymous tipster resulted in an arrest.  On April 16, Cambridge Police arrested a male on warrants after receiving information via the anonymous email tip form at

“We believe the public is our greatest law enforcement resource,” said Deputy Superintendent Paul Ames.  “These arrests were the direct result of information shared with us by anonymous tipsters who wanted to make their neighborhoods and their community a safer place.”

Cambridge Police are encouraging more residents to get involved by submitting information to police through a variety of anonymous tip options the police department officers.  Residents may call the 24-Hour Anonymous Crime/Drug Tip Hotline at 617-349-3359, submit tips by downloading the Cambridge Police MyPD App for Android and iPhone, send information anonymously via email, or submit anonymous text tips by sending a message to Tip411 (847411).  Tipsters should begin their text message with Tip650 and then type their message.

For more information about how you can share information anonymously with the Cambridge Police Department, visit

Police remind residents that these anonymous information sharing options are not intended to be replacements for 9-1-1.  If people witness crimes or emergency situations in progress they should call 9-1-1 immediately.

The details contained above are allegations.  The suspects are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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