Real Life Somerville Police Stories:OUI Drug Arrest

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Raymond DAGRACA Arrest

On July 3rd, 2015, I, Officer Schneider, was in full uniform and assigned to marked unit East-4 during the evening shift.

At approximately 10:38 pm I was dispatched to check the condition of a male inside a grey BMW with the motor running and the door open parked in front of 292 Broadway. I arrived in the area a short time later, along with Officer Tim Van Nostrand assigned to East-1.

Upon arriving I observed a Grey BMW bearing MA registration # 2CB539 parked at the corner of Broadway and Marshall Street facing Eastbound. Broadway and Marshall Street are both public ways in the City of Somerville. I observed that the vehicle was parked at a slightly slanted angle over a foot from the curb, and the driver’s side door was wide open. The vehicle had heavy front end damage, as though it had recently been in a collision. I parked behind the vehicle and approached the operator from the driver’s side, while Officer Van Nostrand approached from the passenger’s side.

I observed a male in the driver’s seat who was slumped over the steering wheel, and holding a submarine sandwich in his right hand. The operator appeared to be unconscious, and was slowly falling forward. I observed that the keys to the vehicle were in the ignition, and the vehicle was not running.

I asked the operator, who was subsequently identified via his MA State Drivers license as Raymond Dagraca, if he was okay. Dagraca eyes snapped open and he stated he was fine. Dagraca stated that he had just bought a Sub and was about to eat it. Officer Van Nostrand alerted me that he observed multiple orange needle caps from his vantage point. I observed from my vantage point a spoon sitting on top of the center console with a cotton ball on it and a residue. I know from my training and experience that spoons such as the one I observed are used as a method to purify, or, “cook” certain drugs prior to injecting them.

I had Dagraca step out of the car and performed a pat frisk for weapons. I asked Dagraca when the last time he injected heroin and he stated today. I asked Dagraca how long ago he had injected heroin and he stated 12-15 hours ago. I observed that as I spoke with Dagraca that he exhibited signs of Ptosis: a symptom that I know, based training and experience, to be associated with the use of narcotic analgesics. Ptosis is the display of droopy eyelids, commonly referred to as “on the nod.” Officer Van Nostrand performed a search of the passenger area of the vehicle and discovered two Hypodermic needles.

Dagraca consented to participate in the Standardized Field Sobriety tests. I would note, I am certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, as well as Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement.

Based on my training and experience, and the results of field sobriety testing, I formed the opinion that Dagraca was operating under the influence of drugs and not able to operate a vehicle safely. I placed Dagraca into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training. Dagraca was transported back to the Somerville Police station by Officer Brian Pavao in prisoner transport unit-200. Dagracas vehicle was towed, as authorized by the street supervisor: Sergeant Sal Fusco.

Dagraca was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Jeffrey DiGregorio.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Devin Schneider
Badge #295

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