WORCESTER – Members of the Massachusetts State Police [MSP] and the Worcester Police Department [WPD] arrested three on Monday evening on drug and firearm charges in the Main South area.
According to the WPD, around 6 PM, undercover officers and troopers conducting undercover surveillance near Graham Putnam Funeral home while a wake service was taking place. The officers witnessed several local known gang members entering and exiting the funeral home.
Officers noticed a gray Acura SUV circling the funeral home. The Acura had a brake light out and was stopped on May St by officers and troopers.
Angel Perez, 23, 190 Millbury Street, was seen reaching down towards the floor and fumbling with his waistband. Officers removed Perez from the vehicle and searched him for weapons. Perez resisted and struggled before complying after an officer told him he would tazed if he continued to resist.
A zip lock bag of crack cocaine, $2,088 in cash and a loaded Raven MP25 .25 caliber semi-automatic handgun were found on Perez.
The driver of the Acura was identified as Carlos Rodriguez, 18, of 24 fruit Street, and the passenger was identified as Raul Ramos, 24, of 83 Dillon Street, Leominster.
A records check on Rodriguez revealed that he did not have a license to drive.
A further search of the vehicle resulted in the finding of a large bag that contained 12.40 ounces of marijuana and another bag that contained 1.17 ounces of marijuana. A search of the center console revealed another plastic bag of marijuana that weighed .96 ounces. The search of the back seat revealed 9 blue pills that were identified as 30mg Oxycodone.
All three men were charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of Class D Substance with the Intent to Distribute. Rodriguez was also charged with Operating a MV without a License and an Equipment Violation. Perez was also charged with Use of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, resisting Arrest, Carrying a Firearm without a License, Carrying a Loaded Firearm, and Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card.
The gun, cash and drugs were confiscated as evidence. All three men will be arraigned Tuesday at the Worcester County District Courthouse.