The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #18049236:
On August 17th, 2018 Narcotics Detectives received information from Detective James Hyde that a Mr. XXXX suffered a fatal overdose. Detective Hyde also stated that XXXX’s brother, XXXX, was likely going to seek retribution for his death.
On Saturday, August 18th, 2018, I, Detective Goncalves, was working in the Somerville Police Drug Unit along with Detective Cicerone and Sgt. Rego. At approximately 10 a.m., Detective Cicerone received a phone call from Mr. XXXX. He explained that he wanted to seek retribution for his brother’s death and wanted police assistance. Mr. XXXX provided Detective Cicerone with the name of the dealer as well as his phone number. He referred to this individual as ” XXXX ” and the phone number he provided for him was xxxx. Mr. XXXX offered to call ” XXXX ” and arrange a meeting with him to buy (2) forty dollar bags of Heroin.
Based off of the information provided to Detectives, Sgt. Rego was able to run the phone number on CLEAR and identify ” XXXX ” as Mr. Matthew Splaine. A CJIS query was conducted on Mr. Splaine, and a Board of Probation check indicated a lengthy criminal history involving narcotics charges and an open case in Boston Federal Court for Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A (Heroin) as well as Possession of a Firearm.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., Detective Cicerone and I, as well as Sgt. Rego met Mr. XXXX in the area of 3x Shore Drive (XXXX). Mr. XXXX made a phone call to Mr. Splaine and ordered (2) forty dollar bags of Heroin. Their meeting would take place at this location.
At approximately 10:45 a.m., I observed a blue Ford Ranger Pickup bearing Massachusetts registration xxxx pull into the lot of the boathouse and park in the far corner. Detectives were able to identify the driver as Mr. Matthew Splaine. At this time, Detectives exited their unmarked vehicles and approached Mr. Splaine. Immediately, Mr. Splaine began placing his hands in his pockets and was not complying with Detectives orders. Based off his lengthy criminal record and a current open case for possession of a firearm, Detective Cicerone and Sgt. Rego drew their department issued firearm and gave Mr. Splaine verbal commands to get on the ground. Mr. Splaine did not comply and began moving away from Detectives.
Detectives guided Mr. Splaine to the ground in an effort to handcuff him. Mr. Splaine continued to resist arrest and refused to comply with Detectives commands to place his hands behind his back. After a couple minutes Detectives were able to handcuff Mr. Splaine.
A pat frisk of Mr. Splaine was conducted and a small baggie of a brown powdery substance believed to be Heroin was found in his cargo pant pocket.
Mr. Splaine was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters in marked wagon #200, operated by Officer Rivera. He was booked in the usual manner by Sgt. Rico and charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Class A, Subsequent (Heroin), Resisting Arrest and Drug Violation in School/Park.
Mr. Splaine’s vehicle was towed by Pats Towing.
Back at the station, Detective Cicerone called the phone number previously provided (xxxxx) and it came back to the Iphone confiscated from Mr. Splaine’s person. Please see Detective Cicerone’s supplemental report for all other items seized/confiscated.
Detective Cassandra Goncalves, #314