WORCESTER – Early Monday morning, following the routine check of a registration status, a Worcester Police officer pulled the operator of a 1999 Toyota over on Murray Ave.

The driver and owner of the vehicle, Nathan Picard, 31-years-old of 260 Carpenter Road, Whitinsville, had a suspended license.

When the officer approached the vehicle to speak with Picard, the officer noticed a passenger in the backseat — Marcus Torres, 38-years-old of 129 Heywood Street, Worcester — was trying to hide something with his left hand.

Torres was asked to exit the vehicle and a search produced three clear knotted glassine baggies of crack cocaine.

Torres under arrest and charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class B Substance.

Picard was placed under arrest for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. A search of the vehicle produced a pair of brass knuckles which was located in the center console. Mr. Picard was additionally charged with Possession of a Dangerous Weapon.

The drugs and weapon were confiscated as evidence. The Toyota was towed from the scene.

Both men will be arraigned on Monday at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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