For Immediate Release: 7/19/2017 10:41 pm
Worcester, MA (July 19, 2017) – On Wednesday, July 19, 2017, members of the WPD Vice Squad possessed a search warrant for 223 Tacoma Street. The target of the warrant was identified as Jose Alvarado, 35-years-old of the Tacoma Street address. Vice officers were set up conducting surveillance. At approximately 12:30 PM, officers observed Mr. Alvarado exit his apartment and enter a Ford Explorer. The vehicle was followed by the undercover officers into the Lincoln Plaza parking lot. The Ford parked in the area of 5 Guys Restaurant.
Mr. Alvarado parked next to a blue minivan. Officers observed the suspect exit the Ford and walk over to the minivan. Officers observed a hand to hand street level drug transaction. The minivan then drove off. The minivan was stopped shortly thereafter.
The buyer in the minivan was found to have just purchased two bags of cocaine. The buyer was identified as Sheena Wright, 32-years-old of 10 Newbury Street. Ms. Wright was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance.
Officers also stopped Mr. Alvarado. A search of Mr. Alvarado produced $370.00 in cash. Mr. Alvarado was shown a copy of the search warrant for his residence.
Officers then went to his residence to execute the search. Using Mr. Alvarado’s apartment key officers made entry without incident. Mr. Alvarado was transported back to the apartment once entry was gained. Mr. Alvarado directed the officers to a package of Coca-Cola cans in the kitchen. One of the cans was discovered to have a false top. The can contained 12 knotted bags cocaine and crack cocaine. The discovery weighed approximately 40 grams. The search also produced an additional $400.00 in cash along with a digital scale and plastic baggies for packaging.
Mr. Alvarado was charged with Distribution of Class B Substance and Trafficking in Cocaine (greater than 36 grams).
Mr. Alvarado is being held on $25,040 cash bail and will be arraigned along with Ms. Wright on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.