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JIMENEZ/FARIAS Arrest

Case Title Location Apt/Unit #
JIMENEZ/FARIAS FITCHBURG ST & LINWOOD ST
Date/Time Reported Date/Time Occurred
12/06/2013 12:50:00 On or about 12/06/2013 12:50
Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(94C/32E/A)COCAINE, TRAFFICKING IN – OVER 14 GRAMS C94C S32E
(94C/32/C)DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS A c94C S32

(94C/40)CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE DRUG LAW c94C S40
(94C/32A/G)DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS B c94C S32A
[ NO PERSONS ]

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT FARIAS, MANUEL MALE WHITE 40 07/16/1973 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 152 GLEN ST 2 SOMERVILLE, MA (CELL)
DEFENDANT JIMENEZ-VAZQUEZ, CARLOS ROBERTO MALE WHITE 25 11/29/1988 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 12 JOHNSON TERRACE 1 BOSTON, MA (CELL)

Vehicles
Role Type Year Make Model Color Reg # State
SEIZED 2002 TOYT SIENNA 3MPJ50 MA
Stolen $ Rec Code Date Rec Rec $ Rec By

Property
Class Description Make Model Serial # Value
EVIDENCE COCAINE 1
EVIDENCE HEROIN 1
CURRENCY $2744.00 US CURRENCY 0
ELECTRONIC CELLPHONE
EVIDENCE CONTAINER

Officer Report: 13045009 – 1 / HYDE J (137)
Date/Time of Report Type of Report Review Status
12/06/2013 16:47:41 INCIDENT IN PROGRESS

Narrative
Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit have been conducting an ongoing Cocaine investigation involving the above named defendant Manuel Farias. The aforementioned narcotic investigation was initiated upon cultivating intelligence from a confidential source regarding defendant Farias and his alleged Cocaine distribution operation. I would note that I am aware of the identity and present address of the confidential source. I would additionally note that the confidential source cooperation in prior criminal investigations involving violations of the controlled substance laws was instrumental in the realization of positive / successful results. In one such matter the confidential source rendered cooperation and assistance that resulted in the identification and apprehension of an individual that was a fugitive from justice. Based on a personal safety concern expressed by the confidential source should his or her identity become public knowledge I respectfully decline to disclose the identity of the confidential source for the purpose of this investigation and or report. The confidential source will be referred to as CS herein.

Purportedly an individual known to CS as Manny Farias is actively engaged in the ongoing sale and distribution of Cocaine. According to CS Manny Farias is selling / distributing Cocaine from his residence located at 152 Glen St. Somerville, MA. and from his place of employment a mechanical garage located at the intersection of Fitchburg St. and Linwood St. Somerville, MA. CS stated that in addition to being a Cocaine distributor Farias is a mechanic by trade. CS claimed that CS basis of knowledge was derived from numerous personal observations of Farias conducting Cocaine transactions with prospective Cocaine customers. In a statement made against his or her own penal interest CS admitted to purchasing Cocaine from defendant Farias on over ten previous occasions. CS described defendant Farias as being a white male of Portuguese descent, approximately forty years of age, 5’2″ in height with a thin / frail build.

During the afternoon of December 5, 2013 surveillance was established at defendant Farias place of employment located at Linwood St. at Fitchburg St. Somerville, MA. While conducting surveillance observations were made of an individual matching the previously furnished description exiting from the garage / place of employment.This individual was subsequently identified as the defendant in this matter Manual Farias. Farias proceeded to meet with the operator / sole occupant of a 2002 Toyota Sienna mini-van bearing the Massachusetts registration 3MPJ30. An inquiry made via the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles revealed the owner of record of the motor vehicle as being Carlos Jimenez-Vasquez with a residential address of 12 Johnson Terrace Boston, MA. This covert style meeting occurred within the employee parking lot of the work establishment. At the time of the meeting it appeared Farias was keenly interested / concerned with the movement of minimal motor vehicle traffic within this area. His interest was perceived as an act of conducting counter surveillance. After a brief meeting and interaction that occurred at the left front operators window Farias re-entered the work establishment and the motor vehicle in question departed from the area travelling in the return Boston, MA. direction. I would note that based on my training and experience activity observed at the time of the covert meeting was consistent with activity commonly displayed at the time of street level drug transaction.

In the early afternoon of December 6, 2013 surveillance was again initiated by members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit of the mechanical garage located at the intersection of Linwood St. and Fitchburg St. Somerville, MA.and adjacent area. At approximately 1:15PM observations were made of the 2002 Toyota Sienna mini-van bearing the Massachusetts registration 3MPJ50 operated by defendant Carlos Jimenez-Vazquez arriving to the business establishment. Observations were then made of the motor vehicle operated by defendant Jimenez-Vazquez travelling at a slow rate of speed squaring the business block subsequently returning to and parking in the business establishment employee parking lot. The squaring of the block by defendant Jimenez-Vazquez was perceived as an act of counter-surveillance in preparation for illegal drug activity. A route of travel of this sort allows for those involved in the drug trade to surveil for unwanted law enforcement presence and safeguard against any unusual appearance.

In turn defendant Farias was observed exiting from a garage side entry doorway. Farias proceeded to walk to and subsequently enter the motor vehicle containing defendant Jimenez-Vazquez. At this time this investigator along with Inspector Ariel Collazo approached the motor vehicle containing the defendants at which time verbal police identification was made and police badges were prominently displayed on the exterior of our clothing. It was the intent to conduct a threshold inquiry to further investigate the defendants activity. At the time of the approach defendant Jimenez-Vazquez was observed holding a wad of cash in his right hand. The appearance and positioning of the cash suggested the recent acceptance of the money. At this time Inspector Collazo observed in plain view a clear plastic bag containing a white flake substance ( Evidence Identification # 13045009-1) believed to Cocaine ( 1/4 ounce / 7 grams of cocaine ) positioned on defendant Jimenez-Vazquez lap area. In response to Inspector Collazo taking note of the contraband Jimenez-Vazquez attempted to secrete the contraband.

At this time both defendants were removed from the motor vehicle and placed under arrest for violations of the controlled substance laws. Post-arrest both defendants were advised of their constitutional rights pursuant to Miranda. I would note that Inspector Collazo advised defendant Jimenez-Vazquez his Miranda warnings in his native language. Upon receiving and acknowledging understanding his rights Jimenez-Vazquez told Inspector Collazo that the U.S. currency $223.00 ( Evidence Identification # 13045009-4 ) he was observed holding was the payment for the Cocaine that he recently purchased from defendant Farias.

Both defendants were transported to the Somerville Police Department Headquarters for booking and processing. In furtherance of this investigation assistance was requested from Sergeant Stephen Panzini
( Everett Police Department) and his drug detection canine ” Xando “. Sergeant Panzini and his canine ” Xando ” conducted an exterior and interior inspection of defendant Jimenez-Vazquez motor vehicle. As a result of that inspection the drug detection canine ” Xando ” alerted to the odor of the presence or recent presence of a controlled substance from within the motor vehicle. Further inspection of the area in question revealed an after market electronic installation hidden compartment known within the illegal drug trade as a clavo. An inspection of the clavo revealed a plastic container covered with blue painters tape. Inspection of the contents of the plastic container revealed 14 clear glassine bags containing a white flake / powder substance ( Evidence Identification # 13045009-2 ) believed to be Cocaine ( preliminary weight 44 grams of Cocaine ) and 8 clear glassine bags containing a brown powder substance believed to be Heroin ( preliminary weight 8 grams of Heroin ).

A search of defendant Carlos Jimenez-Vazquez person by Inspector Collazo revealed $ 875.00 U.S. currency ( right inside coat pocket ), $ 636.00 U. S. Currency ( right outside coat pocket ) and $ 1,010.00 U.S. currency ( front right pant pocket ) Evidence Identification # 13045009-4.

As result of this incident and subsequent search the following evidentiary valued items were located and seized. In total 15 clear glassine bags containing a substance believed to be Cocaine ( preliminary weight 51 grams ), 8 clear glassine bags containing a brown powder substance believed to be Heroin
( preliminary weight 8 grams ), $ 2,744 U.S.currency, one blue covered plastic container, one Samsung cellular telephone and one Apple I Phone cellular telephone. The afore referenced evidentiary items were also photographed. In addition the motor vehicles hidden compartment / clavo and associated paraphernalia were photographed.

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