For Immediate Release: 7/25/2017 4:12 pm
Worcester, MA (July 25, 2017) – On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, a Worcester Police officer on routine patrol was operating his marked police cruiser on Main Street when he noticed a vehicle with a license plate that he remembered from a call on July 14, 2017. The vehicle in question was involved in a disturbance (fight) involving several males, one which allegedly had a handgun. The suspects fled in the vehicle prior to police arrival on that day. Since then, police had been on the lookout for this vehicle.
The officer ran the license plate in the cruiser computer. The plate came back to a different vehicle. The officer activated his emergency lights and signaled the driver to pull to the side of the road. The vehicle stopped in front of 660 Main Street. The officer approached the vehicle and noticed that the passenger was moving about and reaching under his seat. The officer approached the driver and asked for his license. The driver was identified as Gabriel Rodriguez, 22-years-old of 97 Millbury Street. The officer identified the passenger as Jose Ramirez, 25-years-old, of 9 May Street. Mr. Ramirez continued to act nervous which made the officer believe that he may be in possession of a weapon. As a result, both men were asked to exit the vehicle.
Once out of the vehicle a backup officer observed a plastic baggie on the passenger floor. The baggie contained crack cocaine. The officer also located an opened container of alcohol in the center console that was nearly empty.
Both males were placed under arrest. A search of Mr. Rodriguez produced $3,369 in cash. The crack cocaine weighed approximately 86 grams. Both the drugs and cash were seized as evidence.
Mr. Rodriguez was charged with Illegally Attaching License Plates, Operating an Uninsured MV, Operating an Unregistered MV, Trafficking in Class B Substance, Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws, and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol.
Mr. Ramirez was charged with trafficking in Class B Substance, Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws, and Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol.