On Wednesday, September 5, 2018 I was assigned to E-1. At approximately 11:52 PM myself and E-2, Officer Dacosta, were dispatched to the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street for a check condition call.
When I arrived on scene I saw a black Honda sedan (MA Reg# xxxx) located in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn. When I approached the vehicle I was met by Abner Puig who was sitting in the driver’s seat and XXXX who was sitting in the rear passenger seat. I would like to note that the vehicle was turned off and the keys were not in the ignition. I told Puig that we had received a call stating that he was under the influence of Xanax and had been operating the vehicle recklessly. Due to the nature of the call I asked Puig to step out of the car so I could talk to him. I asked Puig what he was doing in the parking lot and he told me that he was currently homeless and was living out of his car. Puig also denied being under the influence of Xanax but did say that he had smoked marijuana a couple hours before my arrival. Puig was examined by Cataldo Ambulance and refused any medical attention.
While Puig was speaking to Cataldo personnel, XXXX, XXXX arrived on scene. XXXX stated that she had been charging her phone inside the Holiday Inn. XXXX seemed very distraught and said loudly that Puig was fine and wasn’t under the influence of anything. She then looked at me and said quietly that she didn’t want Puig to know that she called 911. I then took her to my cruiser and out of sight from Puig and she told me that they had been driving in the car earlier and Puig was swerving all over the road. She said Puig had taken Xanax earlier and she was worried about him driving again. She also said that she had seen a large amount of Xanax in a plastic baggie in the glove compartment of his car.
I then spoke to Puig and asked him if he had anything illegal in his vehicle and he said he had a bag of marijuana that he had obtained from a dispensary. I would like to note that XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX. I asked Puig if I could search his vehicle and he said yes. During my initial search I located the bag of Marijuana under the front passenger seat. I also searched the glove compartment but was unable to find anything illegal.
I then went back to XXXX and told her that I was unable to find the bag of Xanax that she had mentioned. She then told me that they were located in an opening above the glove box. She said that I would have to “move the napkins” located in the glove box and reach up inside. I then did as she instructed and was able to locate a knotted plastic bag containing multiple yellow rectangle shaped pills bearing the inscription R039. Due to my training and experience, I was able to recognize these pills as a generic Xanax. I then showed Puig what I had found and he stated that they were not his and that he had loaned his car out to six or seven people recently.
Puig was then placed under arrest, handcuffed behind his back (double locked) and transported to the station by Officer Radochia in the prisoner transport wagon, Unit 200, where he was booked in the usual manner by Lieutenant Lavey. XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX.
Officer Keith O’Donnell
Somerville Police Department