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Lincoln Plaza Drug Surveillance Nets Trafficking Charge

For Immediate Release: 5/31/2017 8:34 pm

Worcester, MA (May 31, 2017) –  On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at approximately 11:00 AM, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were conducting undercover surveillance in Lincoln Plaza area. The surveillance was set up due to several complaints received from citizens and businesses with regard to open air drug dealing. During the surveillance, officers believed that they observed a drug transaction between a male and a female that took place in the females Toyota Camry.

After the male and female parted ways officers followed the female as she drove away from Lincoln Plaza. The female was stopped away from the plaza. The female was identified as Ivy Wilson, 67-years-old of Worcester. Ms. Wilson was found to have 14 grams of crack cocaine on her person. The female became combative and refused the officers commands when informed that she was being placed under arrest. After a brief resistance she eventually complied.

Based on this discovery, officers now had established probable cause to arrest the male for the distribution of Class B Substance.

During the MV stop, Ms. Wilson became medically ill and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Ms. Wilson was placed under arrest and booked in absentia. Ms. Wilson was charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute (second or subsequent offense).

The male suspect was still under surveillance. Officers were watching the suspect as he was waiting out in front of the Target store located within the plaza. At some point the suspect was seen attempting to board a WRTA bus.

At this time the decision was made to intercept the male prior to getting on the bus. The male was stopped by the officers. A search of the male suspect produced $1,013 in cash, a cell phone, a small bag of suspected crack cocaine and keys. The male was identified as Wayne Palms, 49-years-old of 192 Fairmont Avenue, Worcester. Mr. Palms was very evasive to the officers when asked what the keys belong to and where in particular he lived.

After further investigation, Vice officers were able to determine that the keys belonged to an apartment on Benson Avenue. Vice officers went to the address and located an apartment where Mr. Palms is known to frequent, if not actually live there. Officers were allowed to enter the apartment and search the area. The search produced approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine and $2,560 in cash.

Mr. Palms was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with Distribution of Class B Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Class B Substance, and Trafficking in Class B Substance (100-199 grams).

The cash and drugs were seized as evidence. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Mr. Palms will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Ms. Wilson’s arraignment is based on when she is released from the medical facility.

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