Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Drug Arrest at Assembly Row



The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #15012392. It does not contain every minute detail of the arrest:

On Friday, March 20, 2015, members of the Somerville Police Drug Control Unit were conducting a surveillance in and around the area of Assembly Row. The surveillance of this area was cultivated from numerous arrests for the distribution and possession of illegal controlled substances. At approximately 3:00 P.M. I was contacted by a confidential informant, from this point forward will be known as CI #1, about a Hispanic male distributing heroin around the Assembly Row Train Station. CI #1 states that the Hispanic male, known to CI #1 as Angel, has sold heroin to them in the past. CI #1 then went on to describe Angel as a male, around twenty to twenty-four years of age, thin build, and approximately 5’10” in height.

CI #1 contacted Angel and placed an order for a predetermined amount of heroin, to which Angel agreed to sell to CI #1 for fifty dollars. CI #1 received fifty dollars from the Narcotics Unit Investigative Fund. A further call was placed to Angel, who stated that he was on an Orange Line train heading into Assembly Row station. At this time, Detectives McNally, Brioso, Legros, Capasso, and I set up surveillance in the Assembly Row Train Station. Detectives McNally and Brioso set up surveillance on the train platform while Detectives Capasso, Legros, and I waited in the walkway area leading to the Charlie Card vestibule. At approximately 3:35 P.M. surveillance was made of a male (Angel), matching the description given by CI #1, directly near the Charlie Card vestibule. While under constant surveillance, I observed CI #1 meet with the Hispanic male (Angel), and observed what I believed to be a hand to hand drug transaction. CI #1 then walked away from the area. CI #1 subsequently handed the purchased narcotics over to Detective McDaid.

As CI #1 walked away, all Detectives, with badges clearly displayed on the outermost garment, approached the Hispanic male. As we approached the male/suspect, later identified as Mr. Alexis Rodriguez-Perez, Detective Capasso saw that Mr. Rodriguez-Perez had something clenched in his right hand. Mr. Rodriguez-Perez also had the fifty dollars CI #1 had just passed to him. Detective Capasso asked Mr. Rodriguez-Perez to open his right hand. Detective Capasso retrieved the fifty dollars as Mr. Rodriguez-Perez opened his hand. Detective Capasso also discovered white tissue paper, which contained a clear plastic baggie. Inside of this clear plastic baggie was a off-white powdery substance believed to be cocaine. Mr. Rodriguez-Perez was placed into custody as Officers Perrone and VanNostrand also arrived on scene for a uniform presence. At this time, I read Mr. Rodriguez-Perez his rights pursuant to Miranda from my Miranda card that I commonly keep in my wallet. Mr. Rodriguez-Perez stated he understood all his Miranda Rights.

I asked Mr. Rodriguez-Perez what he was doing in the MBTA station? Mr. Rodriguez-Perez replied, “I know I was set-up, but I sold her fake shit anyway.” I asked Mr. Rodriguez-Perez what he was talking about? Mr. Rodriguez-Perez stated, “I didn’t sell Heroin, I only said it was heroin, but its fake shit.” I asked Mr. Rodriguez-Perez if he was just involved in a drug transaction? Mr. Rodriguez-Perez stated, “I saw you guys, I don’t know why I went through with it.”

Mr. Rodriguez-Perez was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via marked unit 200, Officer Sousa, where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant A. Rymill. All evidence seized/confiscated will be placed into evidence and available upon request. Please refer to Detective McNally’s supplemental report for evidence seized/confiscated as a result of the arrest.

Respectfully submitted,

Detective Fernando Cicerone 279

One thought on “Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Drug Arrest at Assembly Row”

  1. I used to meet the man every day and got pinched in. Sulllivan Square. Today i dont have to look over my shoulder, or drive with warrants and no license. There would be alot less drug dealers if addicts and alcoholics had longer treatment. They just push them right thru. There is a solution and a better way. I have no sympathy for the dealers . You wanna play, then you gotta pay. I always knew that rule when i did the same thing.

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