Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Giovanni MAIONE (Drug Possess Class E) & Geoffrey GOUVEIA (Op MV with License Susp)

On Friday, July 26, 2019, at 1:34 A.M., I observed a red pickup truck bearing Massachusetts registration xxxx make unsafe lane changes on Mystic Ave near Lombardi Street. I activated my emergency equipment and stopped the vehicle near the intersection of Mystic Ave and Revolution drive. Officer Scrugli responded as backup.

I approached the operator, later identified as Geoffrey GOUVEIA, requested his license and registration and informed him of the reason of the stop. GOUVEIA handed me his identification card and stated that he did not have a valid license. A query of GOUVEIA’s license showed that he was suspended.

The passenger/vehicle owner, identified as Giovanni MAIONE also had a suspended license. I requested a tow truck, and asked GOUVEIA to step out of the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs. Officer Scrugli removed MAIONE out of the vehicle, and conducted an inventory before towing the vehicle.

Officer Scrugli located 18 white pills and 40 orange pills on the front passenger floor mat and a pill bottle with no label and no lid. The white, oval pills with imprint G 13 are believed to be Gabapentin and the orange, oval pills with imprint b 974 (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine 30 mg).

Officer Scrugli also located a pill bottle under the passenger seat where MAIONE was seated. It contained 10 and one half pills. The pills were orange, oval, with imprint b 973 (Amphetamine and Dextroamphetamine 20 mg).

MAIONE stated that the pills found on the floor mat and under the seat belonged to him. I asked MAIONE if he had a prescription, he stated “Yes” but was unable to produce one.

I noticed that the bottle found under the seat had a label, but only the last two letters of the person’s name were showing “AN” neither defendant’s first or last name ended with the letters “AN”.

I placed MAIONE under arrest for possession of class E, and GOUVEIA for suspended operation of a motor vehicle. I issued GOUVEIA citation# T1316529 for MARKED LANES VIOLATION c.89 S4A, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license c90 S23, and failure to wear a seatbelt c.90 S13A.

The defendants were transported to the Somerville Police headquarters via unit 200, operated by Officer Duval, and booked by Lieutenant deOliveira.

The vehicle was towed by Pats. All confiscated drugs were placed into evidence.

Respectfully submitted,

Officer Samir Messaoudi #312

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