WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon have announced that Imran Laltaprasad, 31, of Quincy, has been found guilty on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Shannon Frison sentenced Laltaprasad today to two and a half years in the House of Correction.
“This case is an example of how drug dealers will go to extreme lengths to hide their illegal substances,” said District Attorney Ryan. “The defendant felt that concealing heroin and cocaine in a prosthetic leg would be enough to fool law enforcement. As we deal with an increase in overdose deaths in Middlesex County, we continue to aggressively prosecute drug dealers and increase our efforts to collaborate on education, prevention and treatment programs to help those who are addicted and encourage people to steer clear of illegal drugs.”
Somerville Police Chief David Fallon added, “Enforcement will remain an important part of the solution to the opioid crisis as we continue to improve our prevention and treatment options here in Somerville for residents suffering from addiction.”
Laltaprasad was arrested on March 1, 2013 after a surveillance operation by the Somerville Police Department Control Unit observed the defendant making a drug deal in the vicinity of Perkins and Brighton Street in Somerville.
Once in custody, the defendant was informed his prosthetic leg would be subject to search. Contained within the leg, officers found ten bags of cocaine and two bags of heroin.
The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney Laura Miller.