For Immediate Release: 6/12/2018 1:42 pm
On Monday, June 11, 2018, at approximately 6:00 PM, members of the WPD Gang Unit working with members of the Massachusetts State Police were working together in the Main South area. These undercover officers and troopers were conducting undercover surveillance in and around the area of Graham Putnam Funeral home while a wake service was underway. During the surveillance, several local known gang members were seen entering and exiting the funeral home.
The troopers and officers posted nearby began to notice a gray Acura SUV circling around the funeral home which gained their attention. One of the undercover police vehicles were directly behind the Acura when it stopped in front of the funeral home. The officers and troopers noticed that one of the brake lights was not working. The Acura then continued to drive off. The officers and troopers continued behind the Acura.
The Acura was stopped as it turned onto May Street. The troopers and officers approached the Acura. A male sitting in the rear seat, later identified as Angel Perez, 23-years-old of 190 Millbury Street, was seen reaching down towards the floor and fumbling with his waistband. As a result of Mr. Perez’s behavior, the officers and troopers removed Mr. Perez from the rear seat and searched him for weapons. Mr. Perez resisted and struggled with the officers and troopers. During the struggle, one of the officers informed Mr. Perez that he would be tazed if he continued to resist the officers. Mr. Perez finally complied.
A search of Mr. Perez produced a zip lock bag that contained crack cocaine, $2,088 in cash and a loaded Raven MP25 .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun.
At this time the driver and the front passenger were removed from the Acura. The driver was identified as Carlos Rodriguez, 18-years-old of 24 fruit Street, and the passenger was identified as Raul Ramos, 24-years-old of 83 Dillon Street, Leominster.
A records check on Mr. Rodriguez revealed that he did not have a license to drive.
A search of the interior of the Acura revealed a large bag that contained 12.40 ounces of marijuana and another bag that contained 1.17 ounces of marijuana. A search of the center console revealed another plastic bag of marijuana that weighed .96 ounces. The search of the back seat revealed 9 blue pills that were identified as 30mg Oxycodone.
All three men were charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class D Substance with the Intent to Distribute. Mr. Rodriguez was also charged with Operating a MV without a License and an Equipment Violation.
Mr. Perez was also charged with Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, resisting Arrest, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card.
The gun, cash and drugs were confiscated as evidence.
All three men will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.