For Immediate Release: 7/12/2017 10:58 pm
Worcester, MA (July 12, 2017) – On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad began to work on following up with several recent anonymous tips that they received. The tips provided specific details involving the suspected drug use and distribution at various addresses throughout the city. One tip provided a description of a make and model of a motor vehicle that a dealer was using to sell drugs in. The vehicle is a white 2014 Acura SUV.
At approximately 11:30 AM, the Acura was observed pulling up to one of the addresses that the undercover officers were conducting surveillance on. The address is not provided at this time due to the fact that the investigation remains active. The driver exited the vehicle, went to the front door and returned within one minute. The driver got back into the Acura and drove off.
Vice officers followed the vehicle throughout the city. The vehicle stopped in front of another address. A male exited the home and approached the driver. When the male approached the car he leaned inside. The male then went back to the house. This whole exchange took approximately one minute. The undercover officers were familiar with the address that the male came out of due to a prior drug investigation. The Acura drove off. Officers continued to follow.
Officers followed the Acura to Arcadia Street. Once on Arcadia Street the Acura stopped and picked up a female. The driver went on a short ride and stopped for about 30 seconds. The driver then drove back to where the female was originally picked up. At this time the officers decided to pull up to the Acura. Officers approached both sides of the vehicle. Officers identified themselves and gave the driver several commands to place the vehicle in park and to show his hands. The driver, later identified as Jose Paulino, 40-years-old of 31 Queen Street, ignored everything that the officers were asking him to do. At one point Mr. Paulino looked the officer directly in the eye and snapped his cellphone in half. Meanwhile, the female passenger, later identified as Jennifer McElroy, 32-years-old of 60 Green Road, North Brookfield, complied with the officer’s commands and exited the vehicle. Mr. Paulino was eventually removed from the vehicle and placed in handcuffs.
Inside the vehicle officers discovered 9 bags of heroin in the center console. Officers also discovered two more bags of heroin between the driver’s seat and the center console. A search of Mr. Paulino produced $582 dollars, the broken cell phone and a second cell phone. The Acura was towed to police headquarters so officers could obtain a search warrant. Officers are also going to start forfeiture proceeds for the 2014 Acura.
Mr. Paulino was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of Class A Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Tampering with Evidence (cellphone).
Ms. McElroy was placed under arrest and charged with Knowingly Being present where Heroin is Kept.