Real Life Somerville Police Stories:DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS A & FURNISHING FALSE NAME OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

   
 
The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #15059325:

 

The Somerville Police Drug Control Unit has been conducting surveillance in and around the area of the Saint Polycarp Village. Information was received from a confidential informant that drugs were being routinely delivered to an address in the Saint Polycarp Village area as well as the areas adjacent. The confidential informant, herein referred to as CI, stated that these deliveries were routinely made by an individual they believed to be Dominican which CI described as dark skinned, between 25-30 years old, approximately 5’9″ in height, muscular build, with short dark hair, and a neatly trimmed/lined beard.

 

On the night of December 2, 2015 members of the Somerville Police Drug Control Unit, including Detectives Brioso, Legros, Collette, and I set up surveillance in the area of the Saint Polycarp Village. Information was received via CI that between 6:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M., two drug deliveries would occur in the area of the Saint Polycarp Village. CI stated that the Dominican male they had described would be distributing heroin to an address in that area. At approximately 6:30 P.M. observations were made of a dark skinned Hispanic male entering an address around the Saint Polycarp Village. As this Hispanic male entered the building, CI contacted me stating the male that I had just observed was in fact the male distributing heroin to this area. Within a minute of this Hispanic male entering the address, he was observed exiting through a different door. This Hispanic male then walked to and entered the driver’s side door of a blue Honda CRV. This blue Honda was illegally parked outside of an underground parking garage connected to 7 Memorial Road. The blue Honda left the area via Mystic Avenue towards Medford, MA. Surveillance was terminated of this blue Honda as to not compromise the investigation. CI stated that the Dominican male would be returning to the area once again between 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. this same night. 

 

At approximately 8:45 P.M. observations were made of the blue Honda CRV enter the area of Saint Polycarp Village. The blue Honda once again parked illegally outside of the underground parking garage connected to 7 Memorial Road. Observations were then made of the same dark skinned Hispanic male exiting the driver’s side of the blue Honda and walking into the same building as earlier. Once again, within a minute, the Hispanic male exited the building, walked back to and entered the blue Honda, and left the area of the Saint Polycarp Village. CI contacted me once again stating a Heroin drug delivery had just occurred. Based on my training and experience, the defendant’s behavior and actions were consistent with what I believed to be street level drug transactions. The Hispanic male utilized the blue Honda CRV to operate his Heroin distribution scheme.

 

On December 3, 2015, I was once again contacted by the above referenced CI. I was at that time that the Hispanic male which we identified via surveillance on December 2, 2015 would once again be making a Heroin delivery. CI stated this delivery would occur sometime between 6:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. Sergeant Detective Rego, along with Detectives Brioso, Legros, Collette, Thermidor, and I conducted surveillance in the area outside the underground parking garage connected to 7 Memorial Road. At approximately 7:15 P.M. observations were made of the blue Honda CRV drive from Memorial Road down the side of 7 Memorial Road. This blue Honda parked illegally outside the underground parking garage located in the rear of 7 Memorial Road. As observations were made of the lone male occupant exiting the blue Honda, I could see that it was in fact the same male I had observed and identified twice the night before. Based on the information from CI, the timing of the event, and same modus operandi as the night prior, Detectives Brioso, Collette, Legros, and I, with our badges clearly displayed on our outermost garment, approached the Hispanic male to conduct a threshold inquiry. 

 

This Hispanic male was later identified by his Massachusetts drivers license, as Mr. Eric Sotocruz. Mr. Sotocruz had both hands in his jacket pockets. I then began giving him verbal commands to show me his hands but Mr. Sotocruz did not comply with my demands. Based on Mr. Sotocruz’s non compliance, Detectives Brioso and Collette then approached Mr. Sotocruz from behind grabbing onto his arms in order to pat frisk for weapons. Subsequent to Detectives Brioso and Collette grabbing Mr. Sotocruz, I observed him to be moving his mouth consisting with someone who was attempting to swallow something. Fearing that Mr. Sotocruz was attempting to swallow Heroin, which could have been potentially lethal to Mr. Sotocruz, I reached up and grabbed Mr. Sotocruz by his lower jaw and asked him to spit out what was inside of his mouth. Mr. Sotocruz quickly leaned over and spit out numerous glassine baggies containing a substance which I believed to be Heroin. Upon closer inspection of these glassine baggies, they appeared to contain a tan powdery substance which through my training and experience I believed to be consistent with Heroin and how Heroin is packaged for street level narcotic sales. At this time, marked unit East-4, Officer Moreira, and Somerville Housing Police Officer Sean Browne had responded as well. It was found that Mr. Sotocruz had spit out seventeen baggies of Heroin. 

 

Mr. Sotocruz was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via a secured prisoner transport vehicle, operated by Officer Sean Browne, where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant A. Rymill. During a normal booking procedure, fingerprints are taken of any arrestee. Officer J. Rivera had fingerprinted Mr. Sotocruz via the Identix Fingerprint Machine which is processed through AFIS. Officer Rivera then initiated his own investigation believing that Mr. Sotocruz was giving a false name and/or social security number. Officer Rivera found that Mr. Sotocruz was in fact not who he had stated he was. Mr. Sotocruz was fingerprinted once again and the results completed. It was found that Mr. Sotocruz was in fact Mr. Anderson Manuel Pimentel-Arias. Mr. Pimentel-Arias is an illegal alien and was previously arrested in Casa Grande, Arizona for an Alien Inadmissibility under section 212. Mr. Pimentel-Arias was also charged with furnishing a false name or social security number. 

 

Mr. Sotocruz’s blue Honda CRV, phone, and monies were seized and will be processed during forfeiture proceedings. 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

Detective Fernando Cicerone #279

 

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