On Monday, September 5th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform assigned to the Assembly Square unit. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed that day, as they pertain to incident #16055966:
At approximately 5:17 pm, I received a call on my department issued cell phone from TJ Maxx Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) XXXXX. TJ Maxx is located at 105 Middlesex Avenue. XXXXX stated to me that they were following a shoplifter who had refused to stop for her and LPO YYYYY. As I responded to the area, XXXXX stated that she witnessed the suspect enter Kmart, located at 77 Middlesex Avenue.
I met with YYYYY and XXXXX at Kmart. After a short search inside the store, I located a male that YYYYY pointed out to me as the suspect. I brought the suspect outside of Kmart, where I placed him into handcuffs in a manner consistent with my training. The suspect was identified as Jeffrey Cetoute via his MA issued state identification. Officer Eric Ubeda and Sergeant Salvatore Fusco arrived on scene as backup.
I learned from YYYYY that he had witnessed Mr. Cetoute conceal a black hooded sweat shirt inside of his jacket via the store’s video surveillance system. When YYYYY attempted to stop Mr. Cetoute outside the store, he dropped the sweater and continued walking. YYYYY produced a receipt for me with the value of the hooded sweater, equaling $14.99.
A search incident to arrest of Mr. Cetoute revealed a green bag from a cannabis dispensary, located in his jacket left pocket. Inside the bag was five individual bags of green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana. In the same pocket was a small black digital scale. Inside of Mr. Cetoute’s left pants pocket was another small bag of green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana.
Each of the six bags of green leafy substance was packaged in a glassine plastic bags that were twisted shut. Based on my training and experience, marijuana is packaged in this manner in order to easily facilitate street level narcotic transactions. The individually packaged marijuana, in conjunction with the scale, and the $111 dollars in cash Mr. Cetoute had on his person, led me to believe he had the intent to sell the marijuana.
Mr. Cetoute insisted that he had a medical prescription for the marijuana, but could not produce a medical marijuana identification card. I assisted Mr. Cetoute with looking for an email on his smart phone that he claimed would prove he had a prescription, but no such email was located.
Mr. Cetoute was transported back to the Somerville Police Station in prisoner transport unit 200, operated by Officer Chris Fusco, where he was booked in the usual manner by the Commanding Officer, Lt. Digregorio. The scale, 5 bags of green leafy substance, and marijuana dispensary bag were all submitted into evidence in the usual manner.
Officer Devin Schneider