Real Life Somerville Police Stories:DRUG, POSSESS CLASS B c94C S34 & UNLICENSED OPERATION OF MV c90 S10

The following is a brief summary of the incident. It does not contain every minute detail of the arrest.


On 9/30/15 at approximately 9:45p.m., while assigned to the Somerville Police Vice/Narcotics Unit, I was operating an unmarked vehicle in the Winter Hill area when I observed a dark colored Cadillac traveling west bound on Broadway, a public way within the City of Somerville. I identified the operator to be Mr. Derek McMasters, who is known to members of the Somerville Narcotics Unit. I queried his name into CJISWEB database and discovered Mr. McMasters license in suspended status. I had Somerville Police Dispatch confirmed the suspended status, and effected a motor vehicle stop on Tyler Street where I was joined by other members of the Somerville Narcotics Unit Detective Brioso, Detective Capasso, Detective Cicerone, and Detective Collette.


Mr. McMasters was escorted out of the vehicle and placed under arrest for operating after suspension. I issued him MA Citation # R6652224 for the offense and he was transported to the Somerville Police Station to be booked. Due to the fact that the vehicle was illegally parked, Sgt Tam authorized a tow of the vehicle. During the inventory of the motor vehicle, a black backpack was located in the back seat. I opened the backpack to do an inventory and discovered 1 Clonazepam tablet which Mr. Mc Masters did not have a prescription for, and 1 clear plastic container containing an orange powder substance. Detective Capasso stated to me that he believes the substance to be a crushed up Suboxone tablet. Mr. McMasters who was standing three feet away from us, confirmed that the substance was in fact Suboxone. He stated that he had a prescription in the glove compartment. I checked the glove and found a prescription dating back in July 2015 for Suboxone sublingual film. The crushed Suboxone was inconsistent with the prescription form. Based on my training and experience, the crushed Suboxone is a method used by persons who abuse drugs to ingest through their nasal passage for a quicker euphoria.


Respectfully submitted,




Det. Guerdy Legros #280

Somerville Police Dept


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