Real Life Somerville Police Stories:LICENSE SUSPENDED, OP MV WITH c90 S23

On 10/27/15 at approximately 10:00 PM, I, Officer Mark Pulli badge #311, while in full uniform and operating marked cruiser, assisted the Somerville Police Narcotic Unit during an investigation.


During the investigation, information was obtained through a confidential informant that a heroin distributor would be entering the Mystic Housing Development to initiate a heroin transaction. The confidential informant described, in detail, the heroin distributor as a black male with a goatee, approximately 6 feet tall, medium to heavy build, who operates a dark gray “sporty” sedan with silver rims. The confidential informant stated they know this heroin distributor as “Jay”. “Jay” had utilized a telephone number of XXX-XXX-XXXX.


My specific duties during this investigation were to utilize my marked cruiser if necessary to conduct a motor vehicle stop and to provide a uniformed presence. The confidential informant stated that “Jay” would be arriving near the area of Memorial Rd. at approximately 9:45 PM. Consistent with this information, a gray 2015 Chrysler 200, with silver rims operated by a black male was observed turning onto Memorial Rd from Temple street, where the vehicle then stopped for approximately one minute in front of Memorial Rd. The vehicle then drove away from this location slowly. It appeared as though the operator was carefully looking at each building as he drove past. The vehicle made a brief stop and then turned right exiting the housing development as it turned right onto Mystic Ave. toward McGrath Hwy.


Based on the confidential informant’s information regarding the anticipated time, location, vehicle description, and physical description of the operator, a motor vehicle stop was conducted at the intersection of Mystic Ave. and McGrath Hwy. As Det. Cicerone pulled alongside the vehicle, he observed the operator placing his right hand near his face and then quickly put it down. The operator, later identified as Robert A. Brooks-Jones, was escorted out of the vehicle by Det. Capasso. 


Brooks-Jones made several grunting/throat clearing noises as if he was having difficulty swallowing. Based on the collective training and experience of all officers on scene, we believed Brooks-Jones had ingested the anticipated amount of heroin that was scheduled to be delivered to Memorial Rd. 

A CJIS/RMV query showed Brooks-Jones’s license to operate was currently suspended as a result of multiple possession to distribute charges. Brooks-Jones was placed under arrest for Operating After Suspension MGL c90 s23. During the entire stop, Brooks-Jones continued to make grunting/throat clearing noises. 


Brooks-Jones was transported to the Somerville Police Department via the mobile detention unit and booked according to department policy by Lt. A. Rymill.       




Respectfully Submitted,

Officer Mark Pulli #311


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