For Immediate Release: 4/13/2018 11:39 pm
On Friday April 13, 2018, a member of the WPD Vice Squad received information on an individual that was selling cocaine in the area of the Shell gas station located at Southbridge and Madison Streets. The vice officer had a detailed description of the individual that is selling the cocaine.
At approximately 6:40 PM, several members of the Vice Squad set up surveillance in the area of the gas station. Shortly afterwards a male fitting the description showed up. The male, later identified as Antoine Armstrong, 31-years-old of Worcester (apparently homeless), was seen on his cellphone walking in the area. Shortly after hanging up his phone Mr. Armstrong encountered a male. The male was later identified as Francisco Correa, 35-years-old of Worcester (apparently homeless). The two men were seen walking towards the side of the gas station where the dumpsters are located. One of the vice officers positioned nearby observed Mr. Armstrong to spit an item out of his mouth and hand it to Mr. Correa.
After the transaction the two men separated. Some of the vice officers followed Mr. Correa while others followed Mr. Armstrong. Mr. Correa was subsequently stopped by the Worcester Public Library. Officers observed that both his hands were clenched tightly. Officers instructed Mr. Correa to open his hands. Officers observed a lighter in one hand and a white powdery residue in the other. Officers looked to the ground and nearby Mr. Correa was a chunk of crack cocaine. Mr. Correa was placed under arrest for Possession of Class B Substance.
Once the other officers received confirmation that Correa had crack cocaine in his possession officers now had the opportunity to stop Mr. Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong was stopped at Main and Madison Streets. After a brief conversation he was placed under arrest. A search of Mr. Armstrong produced $278.00 in cash. The cash was seized as proceeds from the sale and distribution of crack cocaine.
Mr. Armstrong was charged with Distribution of Class B Substance.