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Routine Traffic Stop Discovers Large Quantity of Marijuana and Cash

For Immediate Release: 8/29/2017 4:32 pm

Worcester, MA (August 29, 2017) – On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at approximately 2:30 AM, a Worcester Police officer conducted a motor vehicle stop for a traffic offense in the area of 217 Pleasant Street. As the officer approached the vehicle he observed two males inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as Jacob Guzman, 20-years-old of 829 Grove Street Terrace. The passenger was identified as Dejan Belnavis, 20-years-old of 84 Toronita Avenue. While speaking with the occupants the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. The officer observed that Mr. Belnavis was attempting to conceal a black backpack with his legs that was positioned on the passenger floor. The officer ran a check on Mr.Guzman’s license status. After a few minutes the officer was informed that the license was suspended. Mr. Guzman was placed under arrest for Operating a MV with a Suspended License.

At this time, due to his efforts to conceal the backpack, Mr. Belnavis was asked to exit the vehicle. A search for weapons on Mr. Belnavis produced a bag of marijuana. Officers noticed that the backpack had a zip lock baggie protruding from the unzipped top that contained a sizable amount of marijuana.

Mr. Belnavis was placed under arrest and seated next to Mr. Guzman by the curb.

Once the men were secured, officers took a closer look at the backpack. The officers discovered three vacuum sealed bags of marijuana inside the backpack and a shopping bag that contained another large quantity of marijuana that was packed into many smaller individual baggies of marijuana.

The marijuana weighed in at approximately 3.2 pounds. A search of the vehicle produced numerous plastic baggies and a scale. A search of Guzman produced $1,915 in cash. A search of Mr. Belnavis produced $1,550 in cash.

The cash, marijuana, scale and other paraphernalia was confiscated as evidence.

Mr. Guzman was additionally charged with Possession of Class D Substance with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana Greater than an Ounce and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Laws.

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