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WPD Vice Squad Arrest Two for Cocaine Trafficking

Worcester, MA (November 3, 2017) - On 11/2/17, Worcester Police vice squad officers were on patrol in the Main South neighborhood. At about 5:30 PM, officers observed a male standing on the corner on Beaver St. The male was pacing back and forth, and appeared to be eagerly waiting for something. Based on the officers’ training and experience, they suspected that the male might be waiting for a supplier to deliver drugs.

After a short amount of time, a champagne-colored Acura pulled up and the male on foot walked up to the car. The driver waved him along, in what officers believed was an attempt to change the meeting place. The officers were familiar with the vehicle and its occupant, Rashayn Holley, thirty-five-years-old of 16 Bluff St, from previous police investigations and arrests. Mr. Holley drove down the road on Beaver St, where a second male joined the original male on foot and walked up to Mr. Holley’s vehicle. It is common practice for drug dealers to have several people in close proximity to a meet location so as to quickly conduct transactions then leave the area.

The second male leaned into the front passenger side window of Mr. Holley’s vehicle. After approximately 10-15 seconds of leaning into the passenger window, he abruptly left the vehicle and began to walk away with one hand unclenched and the other one tightly gripping something. The officers believed that a drug transaction had taken place, and decided to stop the buyer, later identified as Angel Vargas, forty-seven-years-old of 12 Vale St. The buyer saw the officers approaching, and dropped several chunks of crack cocaine on the ground. Mr. Vargas was placed under arrest for possession of a Class B Substance.

At this time, the officers had probable cause to stop Mr. Holley from distribution of crack cocaine. They located his vehicle at 55 Atlanta St, and set up surveillance at that location. They noticed a male enter the residence by a side door, and leave very quickly. This type of home visit is consistent with drug distribution. After a short amount of time, Mr. Holley exited the residence with a second male, later identified as Nathaniel Soucy, forty-years-old of 61 Chatham St, and entered the Acura. Members of the Vice Squad activated their blue lights and stopped him near the intersection of Plantation and Belmont St to place him under arrest for Distribution of Cocaine. Mr. Holley initially refused to unlock the doors of his vehicle, and had to be physically removed from the car. He struggled with officers and refused to place his hands behind his back. After a brief struggle, he was placed into handcuffs.

A search of Holley revealed a large bag of crack cocaine and a smaller bag of crack cocaine in his front sweatshirt pocket. The total weight of the crack cocaine was 77 grams. In the vehicle, officers also found a working digital scale and 6 Oxycodone pills in a plastic bag. Mr. Holley had three cell phones that rang constantly during the stop. A search of Mr. Soucy revealed a bag of cocaine, so Mr. Soucy was also placed under arrest.

Vice squad officers obtained a search warrant for 55 Atlanta St. After executing the warrant, they discovered approximately $37,000 in cash, a working digital scale with cocaine residue, open boxes of sandwich bags, 42 suboxone strips, and 2 Fentanyl patches.

Rashayn Holley is charged with Trafficking in Cocaine 36-99 grams, Resisting Arrest, Distribution of Cocaine (2nd or subsequent), Possession of a Class B Substance with intent to distribute (Suboxone), Possession of a Class B Substance (fentanyl), and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws. Nathaniel Soucy is charged with Trafficking in Cocaine 36-99 grams, and Conspiracy to Violate Controlled Substance Laws. They will both be arraigned today in Worcester District Court.

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