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WPD Vice Squad Arrest 7 after Executing Search Warrant

For Immediate Release: 3/12/2018 11:47 pm

On Monday, March 12, 2018, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad possessed a search warrant for 1038 Main Street, apt. 1-R. The named target of the search warrant was Ruben Melendez, 35-years-old of the Main Street address.

Prior to the execution of the warrant, members of the Vice Squad set up surveillance around the address. At approximately 10:30 AM, officers observed two males exit the apartment building and enter Mr. Melendez’s Honda. The males were later identified as Brian Rodriguez, 25-years-old of the Main Street apartment and Emmanuel Torres, 31-years-old, also of the same Main Street apartment.

The Honda was seen driving north on Main Street and enter the nearby McDonalds parking lot. Officers approached the Honda and observed Mr. Torres attempt to tuck something into the center console of the vehicle. Both men were removed from the vehicle. A search of the center console produced a cigar wrapper that contained 4 separate plastic bags that contained crack cocaine and an additional 17 small plastic baggies that contained heroin. Both men were placed under arrest. A search of Mr. Torres produced another cigar wrapper which contained 8 small plastic baggies of crack cocaine.

At the same time that Mr. Torres and Mr. Rodriguez were placed under arrest, other members of the Vice Squad, with the assistance of members of the Massachusetts State Police Drug Unit, executed the search warrant.

Upon entry into the apartment, officers made contact with the target, Mr. Ruben Melendez. Mr. Melendez was attempting to hide in his bed and refused numerous commands for him to show his hands. Mr. Melendez resisted the officers attempt to be placed under arrest. One of the officers had to deploy their tazer and finally Mr. Melendez complied.

The initial sweep of the apartment located three more individuals; they were identified as Javier Mercado, 44-years-old of the Main Street apartment, Brittany Drake, 27-years-old of 85 Moreland Green Drive and Frankie Galarza, 50-years-old of 1041 Main Street.

Mr. Torres and Mr. Rodriguez were transported back to the apartment and all persons within were explained the search warrant process and read their Maranda rights.

A search of the apartment produced $1,198 in cash, packaging materials, 14 separate plastic bags that contained heroin, 6 separate bags that contained crack cocaine, and 9 suboxone strips.

Officers found out that another vacant apartment within the building was being accessed by Mr. Galarza. The landlord gave the officers permission to search the vacant apartment. That search produced an additional two more plastic bags that contained class A substance (heroin).

While searching the apartment two individuals knocked on the front door. One of the officers answered the door and met with an elderly woman, later identified as Blanca Diez, 81-years-old of Bluff Street and a 42-year-old male. The officer observed a large pill bottle protruding from Ms. Diez’s bra area. The officer asked Ms. Diez if she could remove the pill bottle. Ms. Diez complied. The officer looked in the bottle and observed approximately 72 oxycodone pills inside. Ms. Diez was placed under arrest and charged with Trafficking in Class B Substance (18-36 grams).

Frankie Galarza, Ruben Melendez, Emmanuel Torres, Javier Mercado, and Brian Rodriguez were all charged with Possession of a Class B Substance (crack cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Class A Substance (heroin) with the Intent to Distribute. Brittany Drake was also placed under arrest on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Mr. Melendez was also additionally charged with resisting Arrest.

All suspects will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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