For Immediate Release: 3/30/2017 0:30 am
Worcester, MA (March 30, 2017) - On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were patrolling upper Lincoln Street as a follow up to complaints that they have received from residents with regard to open air street level drug dealing.
At approximately 10:45 AM, vice officers traveling on Colby Avenue noticed a male sitting in a pickup truck near the I-290 overpass acting suspicious. Officers observed this male for some time, he was parked in an area that is somewhat secluded from the neighborhood and made no attempt to visit any of the homes.
While watching this individual, officers observed a Toyota Rav4 pull up directly behind the truck. The operator of the truck got out and walked towards the passenger window of the Toyota. Officers observed a quick hand to hand exchange. The driver then quickly returned back to his vehicle and drove off.
Vice officers believed that they just observed an open air street level drug transaction take place. Both vehicles were followed by the undercover vice officers. The truck pulled into the Gulf Gas Station located on Lincoln Street. Officers approached the driver. After being informed of their observations he was searched. The search produced 5 1/2 individual pills known as Suboxone, a class B substance. The male did not possess a prescription for the pills. The male will be summonsed to court for Possession of Class B Substance.
At this time the officers with the truck radioed to the other officers following the RAV4 what their discovery was and asked if they could pull over the Toyota. The vehicle was stopped on Millbrook Street near Burncoat Street. The driver was identified as Efrien Delecruz, 25-years-old of 6 Florence Street, Worcester. The passenger was identified as Eriel Suero, 25-years-old of 1008 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY.
A search of Mr. Delacruz produced 14 knotted baggies of heroin, a cellphone, and $319.00 in cash. A search of Mr. Suero produced negative results.
Both men were placed under arrest and charged with Distribution of Class B Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Class A Substance and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws.
The Rav4 was towed to police headquarters for a thorough search after obtaining a search warrant. Vice officers will also be moving forward on forfeiture proceedings for the Rav4.
The subsequent search of the Rav4 produced a knotted baggie of heroin, numerous unopened boxes of plastic sandwich bags and a bottle of Mannitol powder, a known cutting agent as part of the process for narcotic distribution..
Both men will be arraigned on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Worcester County District Courthouse.