Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Somerville Investigation Leads to Drug Bust Arrests

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The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #15019828:

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit initiated a drug investigation of Mr. Jason Andrade and his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Marijuana and Percocet, occurring from his residence located at 107 Puritan Road #1, Somerville, MA 02145.
The aforementioned drug investigation was launched upon receiving citizen complaints regarding what was perceived as illegal drug activity originating from the defendants residence. This was the second investigation started of Mr. Andrade and his residence at 107 Puritan Road. Mr. Andrade was arrested in the past after a first search warrant was executed at his residence in 2012.

At the conclusion of this drug investigation, two search warrant applications were requested and granted on May, 1, 2015 by me at the Somerville District Court requesting a search of the following:

#1- The residence of 107 Puritan Road #1, Somerville, MA 02145 (search warrant docket # 1510SW0033).
#2- The person of Jason Andrade, date of birth (search warrant docket # 1510SW0032).

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Detective Sergeant Dan Rego, along with Detectives Doug Brioso, Guerdy Legros, Walter Collette, James Slattery, Jonathan Thermidor, James McNally, and I conducted surveillance around the area of 107 Puritan Road. Also waiting in a nearby street was Officer Sullivan and K9 Jax. I would note that Officer Sullivan was utilizing a fully marked police cruiser. At approximately 10:00 A.M. I saw Mr. Andrade leave the front door of 107 Puritan Road and walk into the driveway of this address. Before setting up surveillance, I found that the vehicle Mr. Andrade utilizes, a black Honda Accord bearing MA registration 973YD2, was inside of the driveway with another vehicle parked directly behind it, thus not allowing the black Honda to exit. Within a few minutes, I saw that the vehicle parked at the end of the driveway was now backing up. This vehicle backed out far enough to allow the black Honda room to leave the driveway. I found that the operator in the black Honda was in fact Mr. Andrade. Mr. Andrade’s Massachusetts driver’s license, #S66277111, is currently revoked. I radioed to other surveillance units that I thought Mr. Andrade was leaving the area but he only drove approximately fifteen feet on Puritan Road, a public way in the City of Somerville, and then backed up. He eventually parked the vehicle, curbside, in front of the house. Mr. Andrade got out the drivers side door, walked along the sidewalk, and entered the door of 107 Puritan Road back into the apartment.

Approximately ten minutes later I saw Mr. Andrade leave his apartment through the same door along with his girlfriend, Ms. Lauren Bonsignore. Ms. Bonsignore got into the driver’s side of the vehicle as Mr. Andrade got into the passenger side door. Within a minute, the vehicle left the parking spot of Puritan Road and proceeded to take a left turn onto Shore Drive. I called out my observations and informed Officer Sullivan that the vehicle was now stopped at the red light on Shore Drive and Mystic Avenue. As the black Honda took a right onto Mystic Avenue from Shore Drive, Officer Sullivan activated his emergency blue lights and siren and subsequently stopped the black Honda on Mystic Avenue near the Route 93 North on ramp. At this time, Detectives McNally and Slattery, along with Sergeant Rego, also were on scene at the motor vehicle stop. Detective McNally walked up to the front passenger side of the vehicle and asked Mr. Andrade to unlock the vehicle door. Detective McNally then asked Mr. Andrade to step out of the vehicle and informed him that we were executing a search warrant for his person and his residence. Mr. Andrade was placed into handcuffs for his safety and the safety of all detectives on scene. While out of the vehicle, Detective McNally read Mr. Andrade and Ms. Bonsignore their rights pursuant to Miranda from a card he commonly stores in his wallet. Both parties stated they understood their rights. As Detective McNally started a search of Mr. Andrade’s person, he found three orange prescription bottles with the labels torn off. These three prescription bottles contained numerous small blue and white pills believed to be Percocet 30 mg tablets. At that point, Detective McNally informed Mr. Andrade he was placing him under arrest. Sergeant Rego called me via cellular phone and explained that Mr. Andrade was in custody and was found to be in possession of numerous Percocet 30 mg pills and a large amount of cash. I informed Sergeant Rego that I was also placing Mr. Andrade under arrest for operating after revocation, subsequent offense, as he drove a small distance on Puritan Road.

While the units were with Mr. Andrade at the motor vehicle stop, Detectives Brioso, Legros, Thermidor, and I went to the home at 107 Puritan Road to execute the second of the two search warrants. Sergeant Rego stated that Mr. Andrade believed the door was unlocked and that we could enter. As detectives entered the home, we were able to secure the apartment and wait for the other units to clear the motor vehicle stop and respond to the house. Within a few minutes, all units arrived at the home along with Wilmington Police Officer Eric Palmer and K-9 Ridic. Officer Palmer and K-9 Ridic are certified in drug detention. Officer Palmer had Ridic do a preliminary detection/search of the apartment for illegal narcotics. During the search, K-9 Ridic hit on an area of Mr. Andrade’s bedroom where a safe was located. After Officer Palmer and K-9 Ridic finished their preliminary detection/search, detectives began our search of the 107 Puritan Road.

During the search warrant execution an amount of Percocet 30 mg pills, Suboxone pills, Cocaine, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, including a digital scale, ammunition, ledgers of drug transactions, and monies were found. Also found were several black BB guns which would be thought of as a real firearm to the normal person. Please see Detective McNally’s supplemental report for any and all evidence seized/confiscated. Mr. Andrade does not currently have an FID card and therefore is unlawfully possessing any ammunition found. Due to the large amount of Percocet 30 mg pills, one hundred and thirty-four tablets, it is believed that Mr. Andrade was possessing these with the intent to distribute. Also, due to the amount of Marijuana, the fact that the Marijuana was found directly next to a digital scale, and large amount of clear glassine baggies with ripped corners found during this investigation, it is believed Mr. Andrade possessed this Marijuana with the intent to distribute as well. I would like to note that Mr. Andrade is currently on probation out of the Somerville District Court for Possession to Distribute Class B, Percocet, and Possession to Distribute Class D, Marijuana, both of which he was found guilty of. These new charges today would be subsequent offenses for Mr. Andrade.

Mr. Andrade was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via marked unit 200, Officer Collazo, where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant DiGregorio. The black Honda Accord bearing Massachusetts registration 973YD2 was towed to Somerville Police Headquarters via Pat’s Tow. This black Honda is being seized for forfeiture proceedings. During this investigation, I, along with other Detectives, personally saw Mr. Andrade operate this black Honda several times. It is a common tactic for drug distributors to register their vehicles in another persons name for fear of being seized. Mr. Andrade uses this black Honda during his normal course of daily activities. This black Honda is the same black Honda Mr. Andrade was the registered owner of only a few months prior. Mr. Andrade received Massachusetts Uniform Citation #R5381669 for his offenses. Please see any and all supplemental reports.

Respectfully submitted,

Detective Fernando Cicerone #279

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