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Routine Vice Surveillance Nab Two for Open Air Drug Dealing

Worcester, MA (June 15, 2017) – On June 14, 2017 members of the WPD Vice Squad was conducting undercover drug surveillance in the Wendy’s parking lot located on Southbridge Street. At approximately 8:25 PM, one of the undercover officers observed a black GMC Yukon enter the parking lot and park in the middle of the lot. The male driver, later identified as Bryan Mitchell, 44-years-old, of 1052 Providence Road, Whitinsville, was seen looking around in a manner that appeared to be suspicious to the officers.

At approximately 8:35 PM, Mr. Mitchell drove out of the parking lot. The officers decided to follow him. Mr. Mitchell drove to the price Chopper parking lot located at 50 Cambridge Street. Mr. Mitchell was driving throughout the parking lot at a slow rate of speed. It appeared to the officers that Mr. Mitchell was trying to locate someone. Mr. Mitchell eventually parked his Yukon in the rear of the parking lot.

Approximately 2 minutes later a gray Toyota Camry entered the parking lot and parked next to the Yukon. At this time Mr. Mitchell exited his vehicle and reached into the Camry with a quick hand to hand exchange with the driver. Mr. Mitchell was then seen placing an item into his right front pocket. Mr. Mitchell got back into his vehicle and drove off. The operator of the Camry also drove off.

Officers attempted to stop Mr. Mitchell while he was still in the parking lot but he continued to head towards the exit. One of the undercover officers was already positioned at the exit and stopped Mr. Mitchell from leaving. A search of Mr. Mitchell produced one knotted plastic bag of cocaine. Mr. Mitchell was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance.

Officers following the Camry were now instructed that they had probable cause to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Route 290. The driver was identified as Michael Christopher, 32-years-old of 2 Hidden Meadow Drive, Millbury. A search of Mr. Christopher and his vehicle produced nine individual one gram bags containing cocaine. Officers also recovered $180.00. Mr. Christopher was placed under arrest and charged with Distribution of Class B Substance, Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute.

Both men will be arraigned today at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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