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Vice Officers on Surveillance Nab Man on Firearm and Trafficking Charges

Worcester, MA (September 12, 2017) - On Monday, September 11, 2017, members of the WPD Vice Squad were working in an undercover capacity conducting surveillance in the Pleasant and Merrick Street areas. The officers were positioned there as a result of numerous complaints received from citizens with regard to open air drug dealing.

At approximately 12:00 P.M. some of the vice officers attention was drawn to a male that was on Merrick Street. This male was acting suspicious; he was standing at the corner of Merrick and Pleasant Streets, looking in all directions while constantly making several brief phone calls. This behavior is typical to what street level drug dealers do.

After a few minutes, officers observed a red Chevrolet Impala pull up to the curb of the male that the officers were watching. The male entered the Chevrolet. The vehicle drove off for only 15 seconds and stopped about a half a block away. The male was then seen exiting the vehicle. This action is also very typical of how a street level drug deal takes place when exchanging drugs for money.

The vehicle drove off while the male walked away. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually stopped it on Austin Street. Officers spoke with the driver and subsequently recovered a small amount of crack cocaine. Officers now established probable cause to stop the male that they had ben watching.

Officers followed the male and finally approached him as he walked up the front stairs to 30 Russell Street. The male was identified as Victor Tiburcio, 21-years-old of 14 Oread Street.

A search of Mr. Tiburcio produced 13 bags of crack cocaine and 4 bags of heroin along with $160.00 in cash. Mr. Tiburcio was placed under arrest and charged with Distribution of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute. Mr. Tiburcio was transported to police headquarters for booking procedures.

As officers dug further into Mr. Tiburcio, with regard to his involvement in street level drug dealing, it became more apparent to them that he was part of a larger scale heroin and cocaine distribution network here within the city. Officers developed probable cause that established Mr. Tiburcio being involved in a large scale drug distribution network out of 30 Russell Street, Apartment 1-L. Vice officers believed that this was their base location. Officers applied for and granted a search warrant for the premises. Prior to executing the warrant Mr. Tiburcio was booked, processed and already released on bail.

Later in the evening vice officers executed the search warrant for the Russell Street apartment. The search produced a loaded .357 revolver, a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic hand gun, and a safe. Inside the safe contained a large amount of knotted bags that contained heroin. The heroin weighed in at approximately 55 grams. Vice officers also recovered $2,809 in cash, packaging materials and ammunition. Based on their findings, vice officers now had probable cause to charge Mr. Tiburcio with additional drug and gun offenses. Since Mr. Tiburcio was bailed, officers now had to locate him and arrest him once again.

Mr. Tiburcio was not located.

Due to the first arrest, vice officers knew that Mr. Tiburcio would most likely appear at the Worcester County District Courthouse the following morning to appear for his arraignment for the initial arrest and drug charges.

On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, vice officers were in the courthouse waiting for Mr. Tiburcio. At approximately 9:00 A.M. officers spotted Mr. Tiburcio and placed him under arrest. Mr. Tiburcio was additionally charged with Trafficking in Heroin (36-99 grams), two counts of Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, 3 Counts of Possession of a Firearm of a Firearm and Ammunition without an FID Card, two counts of Improper Storage of a Firearm (found under a pillow on a bed), and one count of Possession of a Large capacity Firearm.

Mr. Tiburcio was transported back to police headquarters for boking procedures.

Mr. Tiburcio will be arraigned later on in the day for the additional charged. All cash, firearms and drugs were confiscated as evidence.

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