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Officers Disrupt Drug Dealing at Crime Watch Meeting

Worcester, MA (June 1, 2017) – On Thursday, June 1st at about 6:20 PM, two Worcester police officers assigned to the Neighborhood Response Team were conducting a crime watch meeting at the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Networking Center at 301 Pleasant St. Area residents have complained about public drinking, disorderly persons, and blatant open-air drug sales.

While the officers were conducting the meeting, their attention was drawn to a male, later identified as David Jones, forty eight-years-old of 85 Piedmont St, and Madeline Ayala, fifty eight-years-old of 275 Pleasant St. This pair was talking loudly in the doorway of the Neighborhood Center, approximately fifteen feet away from the officers. The police and people present at the meeting could hear their conversation. Ms. Ayala handed Mr. Jones paper money, and he said, “Wait here, I’ll be back!” Mr. Jones disappeared for about a minute, and returned with what appeared to be small plastic bag and placed it in her hands. The pair briefly argued about the size of the object that Mr. Jones had just delivered, and whether it was worth forty dollars.

At this point, police believed that an illegal drug transaction had just taken place. Officers approached Ms. Ayala and discovered a bag of crack cocaine in her hand. She was placed under arrest for Possession of a Class B Substance. Officers followed and detained Mr. Jones, who had gone into a nearby restaurant. A search incident to arrest revealed fifteen packets of Suboxone, a class B substance for which Mr. Jones did not have a prescription, a bag of crack cocaine, forty dollars in his pocket, a wallet with three-hundred sixty five dollars, and two phones. He was placed under arrest and is charged with Possession of a Class B Substance with Intent to Distribute, and Distribution of Cocaine (2nd or Subsequent Offense.) They will both be arraigned on Friday at Worcester District Court.

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