Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shami GRANT (PWID B)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #19047693

On Tuesday, August 20th, 2019 I, Detective Goncalves, was working in the Somerville Police Drug Unit as Delta-20. At approximately 7:15 p.m., Detectives observed a XXXX, operating a green Honda Accord bearing Massachusetts registration xxxx. XXXX is well known to Detectives and at this time did not have a valid Massachusetts license.

Detectives also observed Mr. Shami Grant in the passenger seat of the vehicle. Mr. Grant is well known to the Somerville Police Department and has an extensive criminal record in the state of Florida including multiple firearms and drug charges. Detective Costa had also received information that Mr. Grant was currently in possession of a firearm. In the back seat of the vehicle was a XXXX.

As we conducted a rolling surveillance of XXXX we observed him traveling on Broadway towards McGrath Highway. At this time he turned right onto McGrath Highway and then an immediate right on to Edmands St. He then proceeded up Edmands St. towards Bonair St., taking a right onto Walnut St. and then finally a right onto Wellington Ave. He stopped and parked his vehicle at the corner of Wellington Ave. and Montgomery Ave. The vehicle was stopped there for a short period of time, then proceeded down Montgomery Ave. towards Broadway and conducted the same route of travel previously mentioned. XXXX parked the vehicle again at the corner of Wellington Ave. and Montgomery Ave.

At this time the passenger, Mr. Shami Grant, exited the vehicle and walked into XX Wellington Avenue. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Approximately one minute later, Mr. Grant exited the residence of XX Wellington Avenue and entered into the vehicle. The vehicle then drove towards Broadway. Based on my training and experience, I believe Mr. Grant conducted a drug transaction. At this time a motor vehicle stop was requested and conducted by Sgt. Capasso in the area McGrath Highway alongside Stop and Shop.

As Detectives approached the vehicle, XXXX and Mr. Grant appeared nervous and uneasy. Detectives had to tell XXXX to put the vehicle in park several times before he was able to do so. Based on their nervous behavior as well as Mr. Grant’s previously mentioned activity and the information received that he was in possession of a firearm, all parties were ordered out of the vehicle and placed into handcuffs.
I asked XXXX if he had anything on him to which he replied “just a little weed in my pocket.” I observed in his left hand side shorts pocket a clear bag with a brown leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Sgt. Capasso then observed an abnormal bulge in XXXX’s groin area. He asked XXXX if he wanted to remove the object himself and he stated yes. XXXX then removed another clear plastic bag of marijuana from his groin area. XXXX was also searched and a small amount of marijuana was found on him.

Detective Costa then conducted a search of Mr. Grant and retrieved a small plastic bag containing a white rocky substance believed to be crack cocaine in his groin area (preliminary weight of 7.5 grams). Please see Detective Costa’s supplemental report.

At this time, Mr. Grant was placed under arrest for the violation of M.G.L c94C s32A, Possession to Distribute Class B. He was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters in marked wagon #200, operated by Officer Ribeiro and booked in the usual manner by Lt. Digregorio.

I will be seeking a criminal complaint against XXXX for the violation of M.G.L c90 s10, Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

The vehicle bearing Massachusetts registration xxxxx was towed from the scene by Pats Towing. All items seized/confiscated were placed into evidence. Please see Detective Legros’ supplemental report.

Respectfully submitted,

Detective Cassandra Goncalves, #314

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