The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #15056269:
Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit initiated a drug investigation of Mr. Steca Thelemaque and his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Heroin. The alleged distribution occurs from a residence located at 24A North Street, Somerville, MA 02144. This investigation was launched upon receiving intelligence and cooperation from a confidential source.
At the conclusion of this drug investigation, a search warrant application was requested by me at the Somerville District Court on Thursday, November 12, 2015. The search warrant (1510-SW-0080) was granted by the court authorizing the search of the following:
#1- The residence of 24A North Street, Somerville, MA 02144 (search warrant docket # 1510SW0080).
#2- The person of Steca Thelemaque(search warrant docket # 1510SW0080).
On Saturday, November 14, 2015, Detective Sergeant Dan Rego, along with Detectives Doug Brioso, Guerdy Legros, Walter Collette, Michael Capasso, James Slattery, and Officer Jason Costa, conducted surveillance around the area of 24A North Street, Somerville, MA 02144. Also waiting at a nearby street were marked unit West-5, Officer Holland, K-9 Officer Tim Sullivan with K9 Jax, and Arlington Police K9 Officer Michael Hogan with K9 Dasty. At the time, I was conducting surveillance at 26 North Street, Medford, MA 02155. This address is the residential address of Mr. Steca Thelemaque. Mr. Thelemaque is believed to be a major distributor of illegal narcotics to the City of Somerville, especially the area of the North Street Housing Development. Periodic surveillance done during this investigation revealed that Mr. Thelemaque would sometimes leave the residence at 26 North Street, Medford, MA and proceed to arrive at 24A North Street, Somerville, MA where we believed he was running his drug distribution operation.
At approximately 11:00 A.M. observations were made of Mr. Thelemaque walking into the North Street Housing Development and entering 24B North Street. At this time, a perimeter was set around the 24 North Street housing building. Within a few minutes after entering 24B North Street, observations were made of a white female wearing a white jacket utilizing a cellular phone walking near the outside door of 24A North Street. I would like to note, during previous surveillance, observations were made of Mr. Thelemaque meeting numerous people and participating in what we believed to be street level drug transactions. These transactions were normally conducted directly outside the front door of 24A North Street.
Observations were made by Detective Capasso of the white female, later identified as XXXXX, waiting outside the front door of 24A North Street. Within a minute of XXXXX arriving, observations were made of XXXXX meeting with Mr. Thelemaque for a few seconds and engaged in what we believed to be a street level drug transaction. During this drug transaction, Detective Legros observed an older white male wearing a blue jacket with white stripes near the shoulders using his cellular phone also walking towards 24A North Street. I observed this older white male, later identified as Mr. Henry Alderman meet with a young white male near the rear of 24A North Street. It appeared that Mr. Alderman and the young white male, later identified as Mr. Joseph Flynn, were talking to one another and walking towards the area of 24A North Street while XXXXX was with Mr. Thelemaque. Mr. Flynn is known to members of the Somerville Police Department from his notorious past as a drug distributor. Flynn was also the focal point of a previous search warrant which was filed at the Somerville District Court. During periodic surveillance of 24A North Street, observations were also made of Flynn going to this area. A confidential informant notified me that Mr. Flynn had been purchasing drugs from Mr. Thelemaque and had started to distribute narcotics once again from the North Street Housing Development and Clarendon Hill Towers. The confidential informant stated that they believed Mr. Thelemaque was distributing “A lot of weight” to Mr. Flynn.
I observed Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman walking in the rear of 24A North Street where Mr. Thelemaque had just met with XXXXX. Immediately after that transaction, observations were made of XXXXX walking down an alleyway towards the Stop and Shop located on Alewife Brook Parkway. Within seconds of her walking down the alleyway, observations were made of Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman walking behind XXXXX also entering the Stop and Shop parking lot. I would note that no other persons were observed walking in the area of 24A North Street except Mr. Thelemaque, Mr. Flynn, Mr. Alderman, and XXXXX at that time. When it was safe to do so, Detectives Slattery and Legros stopped XXXXX for a threshold inquiry. As Mr. Thelemaque began to walk back inside of 24B North Street, I believed Mr. Flynn and Alderman had also met Mr. Thelemaque in the same area where he was observed meeting with XXXXX.
As Detectives Legros and Slattery stopped XXXXX, she confirmed our suspicions of illegal drug activity. XXXXX immediately stated she had just purchased heroin from Mr. Thelemaque and retrieved a small glassine baggie filled with a brown powdery substance she believed to be Heroin. While speaking with XXXXX, she pointed to Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman, and stated that they had just purchased drugs from Mr. Thelemaque as well. I would note that Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman both had just been walking in back of XXXXX down the same alleyway towards the Stop and Shop parking lot within seconds of my initial observations of them walking in the rear of 24 North Street. Detective Legros explained to XXXXX that the males were observed and that they would be stopped.
As Detective Legros and Slattery were waiting with XXXXX, I observed Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman crossing Broadway from the Stop and Shop and entering the Clarendon Hill Towers parking lot. At this time, I attempted to stop both males for a threshold inquiry along with Detective Sergeant Rego, and Officers Sullivan and Holland. At this time, I read both parties their rights pursuant to Miranda from a card I commonly keep in my wallet. Both parties stated they understood their rights and remained silent. I asked Mr. Flynn where he had just come from. Mr. Flynn gave evasive answers such as, “I’m sure you know.” Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman refused to give any further statements at this time. During a cursory search of his person, I felt a large bulge in the left side inner pocket of Mr. Flynn’s jacket. Sergeant Detective Rego and I found a green Crown Royal bag containing several clear plastic baggies inside. These items contained a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana, a large baggie containing a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin, and an off-white rocklike substance believed to be crack cocaine. At this time, the mobile detention unit, driven by Officer Pavao, was summoned to the Clarendon Hill Towers to escort Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman to the Somerville Police Headquarters to be booked.
Subsequent to the stop of Mr. Flynn and Mr. Alderman, a second female, later identified as YYYYY, was observed by Detective Capasso using her cellular phone walking towards the area of 24A North Street. Within a minute of YYYYY arriving outside the front door of 24A North Street, Mr. Thelemaque was seen exiting 24B North Street and meeting with YYYYY for a brief moment engaging in what we believed to be a street level drug transaction. Once again Mr. Thelemaque began to walk back towards the front door of 24B North Street. YYYYY walked down the same alleyway towards the Stop and Shop parking lot as XXXXX did. Detective Sergeant Rego approached YYYYY and stopped her for a threshold inquiry. YYYYY was asked at this time where she was coming from. She stated, “The projects.” When asked what she had purchased, YYYYY stated, “I just bought some heroin.” Sergeant Rego asked, “From whom?” YYYYY replied, “A black male, I don’t know his real name.” Prior to asking her any further question she was read her Miranda rights which she signed and acknowledged. YYYYY retrieved several baggies of a brown powdery substance believed to be heroin. XXXXX and YYYYY were both read their Miranda Rights from a form, which they signed. Both females also signed a voluntary statement form. During a follow-up interview YYYYY showed us her call log from her cellular phones. We observed her making several calls to a person she named “Steca” with the telephone number XXX-XXX-XXXX.
During the multiple conversations between all parties, Mr. Thelemaque was observed entering 24B North Street through a locked front entrance door before detectives could safely place him in custody. It was unknown at the time whether Mr. Thelemaque had entered through the front door of 24B North Street and exit through the rear door. I would note that persons are able to gain access through any building of the North Street Housing Complex utilizing front and rear entrances.
At this time, detectives executed search warrant 1510-SW-0080 at the residence of 24A North Street. Detectives knocked and announced our presence and that we had a search warrant. After a few moments we heard someone walking inside the apartment. We once again knocked and announced our presence and the fact we had a search warrant. Within a few seconds, a male later identified as Mr. Nicholas Schiavo answered the door. We showed Mr. Schiavo the search warrant and entered the residence. I immediately read Mr. Schiavo his rights pursuant to Miranda from a card I commonly keep in my wallet. Mr. Schiavo stated he understood his rights. Mr. Schiavo was the lone occupant of the apartment at the time. Before we began a search, Officer Sullivan with K9 Jax did a K9 search of the apartment for illegal narcotics. K9 Jax alerted on several areas of the apartment. K9 Jax alerted to an area on top of a fridge where monies were seized, an area to the right of the fridge where Marijuana was seized, and area in Mr. Schiavo’s bedroom where a shoe box full of money was found. After K9 Jax and Officer Sullivan completed their search, Arlington Police Officer Mike Hogan and K9 Dasty also searched the apartment. K9 Dasty alerted to the same three areas of the apartment as K9 Jax had alerted to. During the search of Schiavo’s apartment several rounds of ammunition were found on top of a kitchen table. I immediately instructed Schiavo to produce an FID card to which he stated he did not have. During the search of the apartment several large zip lock freezer baggies containing a green leafy substance believed to be Marijuana were found to the right of the fridge. Also found inside the apartment were several cellular phones, empty glassine baggies, and several digital scales. The amount of baggies found in the apartment is not consistent with that of normal use as there was an excessive amount of these baggies found.
As I was searching the apartment I began to converse with Mr. Schiavo. I explained to Mr. Schiavo that smoking Marijuana was not a good idea if he was trying to get a job with the MBTA. Mr. Schiavo then stated, “Oh I don’t smoke any weed. I can’t if I want to get a transit job.” Also during conversation, we indicated that we knew he was not the sole person distributing narcotics from his residence. We then indicated to Schiavo that there was another male with the first three letters of his name being “STE.” Mr. Schiavo laughed and nodded his head yes. Mr. Schiavo was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via marked unit 200, Officer Rivera, where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Mulcahy.
At this time, it was believed that Mr. Thelemaque was hiding out inside of an apartment of 24B North Street. We could not determine which apartment Mr. Thelemaque was hiding in. As a result of further investigation, information was received that Mr. Thelemaque had fled the North Street Housing Development after seeing police personnel execute the search warrant of 24A North Street. Additional information was received which indicated that Mr. Thelemaque may be heading to Logan International Airport in an attempt to flee the state. We were also informed that Mr. Thelemaque’s destination could potentially be the city of Atlanta, Georgia. I know Mr. Thelemaque to have a brother who resides in Atlanta and believed this information to be true. At this time I placed a call to Massachusetts State Police F Barracks and spoke with Trooper John Banik. I explained to Trooper Banik the situation and that we had probable cause to arrest Mr. Thelemaque as we observed him distributing heroin to several people this day. I then explained that we also had a search warrant for Mr. Thelemaque’s body. Trooper Banik, utilizing resources which were available to him, found that Mr. Thelemaque had purchased a one-way ticket to Atlanta through Southwest Airlines and believed he had already passed the security checkpoint. Trooper Banik also stated that Mr. Thelemaque raised a red flag with the TSA because he had purchased a one-way ticket without checking in any luggage or a carry-on bag. Within minutes of searching for Mr. Thelemaque, Trooper Peter Burns located him at gate 18 waiting to board his flight to Atlanta. Trooper Burns placed Mr. Thelemaque in custody and transported him to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks at Logan Airport.
At this time, Detectives Slattery, Collete, and I responded to the Troop F Barracks at Logan Airport where we took custody of Mr. Thelemaque. Mr. Thelemaque was found in possession of several hundred dollars, a Massachusetts ID, two cellular phones, and a boarding pass for a flight from Boston, MA to Atlanta, GA. Mr. Thelemaque was transported back to Somerville Police Headquarters via my police vehicle where he was later booked by Lieutenant DiGregorio.
Detective Fernando Cicerone #279