Real Life Somerville Police Stories:


On July 3rd, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform assigned to marked cruiser East-4 during the day shift. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16040258:

 

At approximately 11:00 am, I was on patrol in the area of 337 Broadway, when I was alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the back parking lot of Walgreens. The information that was relayed to me was that off-duty police sergeant Michael Capasso had witnessed a male parked in the front of the Walgreens parking lot, exit his car and get into a Scion type vehicle parked next to his. The Scion type vehicle then drove into the back parking lot where it parked out of the view of the public. I would note: the front end of the Walgreens parking lot where the two suspects met up at this time was occupied by approximately a dozen vehicles. This parking lot continues around the side of the building, adjoining to a larger separate parking lot. There are no exits from this separate parking lot, except from the front parking lot of Walgreens.

 

I entered the parking lot and saw a Honda Element bearing CT registration plate XXXXXX. The Honda Element was the only vehicle parked in the back parking lot at the time. Inside the Honda I could see two males, with their heads down, manipulating something just out of my field of view. I was approached by off-duty police Sergeant Capasso, who pointed out the vehicle to me. Sergeant Capasso stated that he believed an illegal drug transaction was occurring in the vehicle, based on the short, meaningless ride he witnessed. I would note: Sergeant Capasso has previous training and experience as a Narcotics Detective. I radioed Dispatch with my situation.

 

I parked my cruiser and approached the operator of the vehicle, subsequently identified via CT driver’s license as Samuel Conlon. I asked Mr. Conlon what he was doing in the back of the parking lot and he stated that he was getting directions from his friend, the passenger of the vehicle, to his friend’s gym. The passenger of the vehicle had no ID, and identified himself as Michael McAlarney. I observed that Mr. Conlon appeared nervous, evidenced by his shaking hands and rapid breathing. I asked Mr. Conlon why he was so nervous, and he stated that he did not interact with police often.

 

I asked Mr. Conlon if he would consent to a search of his vehicle, to which he stated “if you want to.” Officer Patrick Canty (West-6) arrived on scene at this time. Mr. Conlon and Mr. McAlarney were asked to exit the vehicle and then pat frisked. While pat frisking Mr. McAlarney, I felt an object I couldn’t immediately identify. I asked Mr. McAlarney what the object was and he stated it was rent money for his apartment. I took the money out of his pocket which was contained inside a Chase bank envelope. The money was counted in front of Mr. McAlarney and Officer Canty, and contained 17 -100 dollar bills, and 1 – 20 dollar bill, for a total of $1,720.00.

 

Officer Eli Kim (East-2) and Officer Henry Diaz (East-1) arrived on scene. I began my search of the vehicle. In the center of the vehicle between the two front seats was a white united States Postal Service box, secured with masking tape. The to and from address on the box had been removed. The corner of the box was open enough that I could distinguish what I know based on my training and experience as the orange safety caps of hypodermic needles inside the box.

 

I approached the two suspects and read them their Miranda rights from a pre-printed card. Mr. Conlon and Mr. McAlarney stated that they understood their rights. I asked who the box belonged to and Mr. McAlarney stated it belonged to him. I asked Mr. McAlarney what was in the box and he stated that it was some weight lifting straps he was going to mail. I told Mt. McAlarney that I knew that weight lifting straps were not in the box, and told him to try again. Mr. McAlarney then stated that he did not know what was in the box, and the box did not belong to him.

 

I opened the box and discovered a bag of hypodermic needles, a bundle of small glass vials wrapped in masking tape, and a bundle of small glass vials wrapped in bubble wrap and masking tape. In the bundle with the bubble wrap I discovered 8 small brown vials containing a liquid. A label on the brown vials marked them as: Andro 150, injection, usp 10 ml multi-dose vial, Testosterone Prepionate – 50mg/ml, Trenbolone Acetate – 50mg/ml (steroids), Drostanolone Proionate – 50mg/ml (steroids). A small marking on the label listed them as prescription only. In the bundle of vials inside the masking tape I discovered 34 vials containing a white powdery substance. The labels marking the vials with the white powdery substance marked them as rDNA 191, which I believed to be Human Growth Hormones, also requiring a prescription. Neither suspects could produce a prescription for the steroids or human growth hormones.

 

Mr. McAlarney provided me with consent to search his vehicle, a white Mazda 3 bearing MA registration XXXXXX. I searched the vehicle which yielded no additional evidence to the crime.

 

I placed Mr. McAlarney and Mr. Conlon under arrest, handcuffing them in a manner consistent with my training and double locking the handcuffs. The defendants were then transported back to the police station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Ashley Catatao, where they were booked in the usual manner by Sergeant Salvatore Fusco. I transported the evidence back to the police station, where I secured it in the usual manner. The $1720.00 was seized and will entered into evidence.

 

The following digital photographs will be attached to this police report: USPS box un-opened, photo of taped box contents, untaped box contents, Google map image of parking lot.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Officer Devin Schneider

Badge #295

 

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