For Immediate Release: 7/16/2013 4:18 pm
Worcester, MA (July 16, 2013) - On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, members of the Vice Squad were working undercover in the Grafton Hill area. The officers were there specifically in support of the new Experimental Policing District.
At approximately 12:00 PM, the officers were in a fixed position on Barclay Street by Aetna Street. At this time the officers observed a Ford Explorer stop in the area of 35 Barclay Street. The officers observed a female enter the rear passenger side of the vehicle. After approximately 3 to 5 seconds the female exited the vehicle. The female was looking at an item in her hand and then walked away. The female quickly entered a nearby dwelling out of sight of the officers. The Explorer immediately pulled away from the curb and drove off. The officers, believing they just witnessed a street level drug deal, followed the Explorer.
Officers followed the Explorer and radioed for assistance from a marked police cruiser to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was eventually stopped at Belmont and Liberty Streets.
Officers approached the Explorer and immediately detected a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle. The operator was identified as Jesus Lopez, 21-years-old of 23 Orne Street. A passenger was identified as Raymond Simon, 19-years-old of 11 Prospect Street. The officers explained to Mr. Lopez and Mr. Simon their earlier observations and the reasons why they were stopped.
After speaking with the two men, the officers were told that there is marijuana under the driver’s seat. The officers retrieved three individual 3.5 grams packages of marijuana under the seat. The manner in which the marijuana was weighed and packaged is consistent with distribution and not for personal use.
A search of the men and the vehicle produced three cell phones and $1,565 in cash.
The cash, phones and marijuana were confiscated as evidence and secured at police headquarters. Both men were placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class D Substance with the Intent to Distribute, Distribution of Class D Substance and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws.