For Immediate Release: 8/2/2017 0:23 am
Worcester, MA (August 2, 2017) – On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, members of the WPD Vice Squad were patrolling the Vernon Hill area. At approximately 9:30 AM, one of the vice officers observed a Honda parked on Alpine Street with two people in it. Moments later the officer observed a Dodge drive down Alpine Street from Vernon Street and park behind the Honda. The male passenger in the Honda, later identified as Ryan Saraiva, 22-years-old of 75 Linden Avenue, Swampscott, immediately exited the Honda, looked in all directions, and entered the passenger seat of the Dodge. Approximately 5 seconds later Mr. Saraiva got out of the Dodge, looked into his hand while holding an item and walked back to the Honda. The Dodge drove off.
Believing that the undercover officer had just witnessed a street level drug transaction take place the officers decided to follow both vehicles. The Honda was eventually stopped at Harding and Endicott Streets. Officers approached the Honda and observed Mr. Saraiva attempting to conceal something. The officer ordered him to show his hands. One officer observed a clear open bag of crack cocaine on the passenger floor along with an unused crack pipe.
Mr. Saraiva was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance. Mr. Saraiva became very argumentative towards the officer and challenging them that they had no probable cause to stop the vehicle. Mr. Saraiva eventually calmed down and was transported to police headquarters without incident.
Officers stopped the Dodge at Beacon and Hermon Streets. The operator was identified as Julio Armstrong, 23-years-old of 78 Humes Avenue, Worcester. A search of Mr. Armstrong produced three twenty dollar bills and a small bag of marijuana, a wallet containing $295.00, two cell phones, and a small can of Pringles potato chips. The can was located on the front driver’s floor. The officers discovered that the can contained a false bottom. The officers opened the bottom of the can and discovered 27 individually wrapped pieces of crack cocaine.
Mr. Armstrong was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Class B Substance.