For Immediate Release: 7/11/2017 10:33 pm
Worcester, MA (July 11, 2017) – On July 11th, 2017 at about at about 1230 PM, members of the WPD Neighborhood Response Team wore plain clothes and were conducting surveillance in the area of 667 Main St. This building is clearly marked “No Trespassing.” Officers’ attention was drawn to several individuals hanging out in front of the building, including Jose Diaz, forty-seven-years-old of 85 Piedmont St, Jonathan Rodriguez, thirty-three-years-old of 229 Chandler St, Kenneth Perez, twenty-six-years-old of 229 Chandler St, and Vernon Jones, thirty-six-years-old of 68 Chatham St. Officers were familiar with these individuals from previous drug investigations in Main South.
Officers observed an individual approach Jose Diaz and have a short conversation with him. Mr. Diaz walked over to Jonathan Rodriguez and gave him paper money. Mr. Rodriguez took something out of his mouth and gave it to Mr. Diaz, who delivered it back to the buyer. Officers believed that a drug transaction had taken place, so they stopped the buyer and recovered a clear knotted baggie containing what they believe to be crack cocaine.
Officers arrested Jose Diaz and Jonathan Rodriguez, both of whom were charged with Distribution of Cocaine and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws. Officers arrested Vernon Jones for Trespassing and an outstanding warrant, and Kenneth Perez for Trespassing. The buyer was issued a summons to go to court for Possession of a Class B Substance. All of them will be arraigned in Worcester District Court tomorrow.