Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Alexandra TRISTAN-RIBEIRO (Poss. Class C, Poss. Dangerous Weapon) & Jacob ROBINSON (Poss. to Distribute Class E)

On Monday April 11th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform assigned to marked unit East-1 during the evening shift. The following report is a summary of events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16020298:


At approximately 6:04 pm I responded to the area of 11 George Street for a report of two white males exchanging money and pills in front of the reporting party’s house. I arrived on scene just after Officer Patrick Canty (East-4), who had detained two individuals matching the description. The reporting party confirmed over the phone the Officer Canty had detained the two suspects he had witnessed performing a drug transaction. 


The two suspects were identified via their MA state ID as Alexandra Tristan-Ribeiro and Jacob Robinson. I read the suspects their Miranda rights from a pre-printed card and asked them if they understood their rights. Both suspects stated that they understood their rights, and indicated to me that they had high school level education.


I explained to them the reason that we had stopped to talk to them, and asked them if they had any drugs on their person. Mr. Robinson stated that he had a bottle of pills in his backpack that were in a prescription bottle belonging to his mother. Officer Canty looked inside the bag and discovered an orange pill bottle with the name Carol Robinson on it. Inside the bottle were several different types of pills. The prescription on the bottle was for Metoclopramide 10 mg tablets, described as round white tablets marked TEVA 2203. 11 of the white tablets marked TEVA 2203 were inside the bottle. 


Inside Mr. Robinson’s jacket pocket Officer Canty discovered a clear plastic baggy containing 1 and a half pills marked Xanax 2, as well as 1 orange pill marked TL 175. Based on my training and experience, I know that a prescription is required for Xanax. I asked Mr. Robinson if he had a prescription for the various tablets, and he stated that he did not, and that the pills belonged to his mother.


Mr. Tristan-Ribeiro consented to a search of his person. During the search Officer Canty discovered a fold up knife, designed to be unfolded into the shape of a credit card, in his wallet, along with 2 small squares of perforated blotter paper wrapped in wax paper. Based on my training and experience, I know that Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, typically comes on small squares of paper such as this. Officer Canty asked Mr. Tristan-Ribeiro is the small pieces of paper were LSD and he stated that they were. 


I spoke with the reporting person, XXXXX. XXXXX stated that he had witnessed the two parties stop in front of his house on 11 George Street. XXXXX stated that he had then witnessed the party with the backpack (Mr. Robinson) retrieve a bottle from the backpack and open it. The pills spilled on the ground, then Mr. Robinson picked up the pills. XXXXX then witnessed money and pills exchange hands between the two suspects.


I placed Mr. Tristan-Ribeiro and Mr. Robinson under arrest, handcuffing them in a manner consistent with my training and double locking the handcuffs. The suspects were transported to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Brian Pavao. At the station, the two suspects were booked by the Commanding Officer, Lt. Michael Mulcahy. 


I took custody of the evidence and transported it back to the station where I secured it into evidence in the usual manner. Photographs of the evidence were taken and attached digitally to this report. The evidence discovered is as follows:


Found in prescription bottle:


-11 white round tablets marked TEVA 2203 – Metoclopramide 10 mg


-3 an 2 broken orange round tablets marked TL 211 – Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride 5 mg


-25 white round unmarked pills. Mr. Robinson states they are melatonin pills. 


Discovered in clear plastic bag on Mr. Robinson:


-1 and a 1/2 white rectangular tablets marked xanax 2 – Xanax 2mg


-1 peach round tablet marked TL 175 – Prednisone 20 mg


Found in Mr. Tristan-Ribeiro’s wallet:


-1 Folding knife designed to conceal in credit card holder


-2 small squares of blotter paper, believed to be LSD



Respectfully submitted,


Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295



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