Roslindale man charged with dealing drugs in S. Boston; bags of heroin allegedly found in car, residence

A Roslindale man is facing charges of trafficking drugs in South Boston’s Old Colony housing development after police found 31 plastic bags containing heroin and more than $67,000 in cash in his car and residence, Boston police said.

Fernando Rosario’s mug shot
Suffolk DA’s office

“This was a big arrest,” said Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis. “He had 10 guys working for him. Officers recovered a substantial amount of drugs, guns and cash. I think it is a positive move toward reducing drugs in South Boston.”

Fernando Rosario, 30, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on charges that included trafficking in a Class A substance. A judge ordered him held on $15,000 cash bail, but even if he posts that amount, he will be held on an immigration detainer, the Suffolk district attorney’s office said.

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At about 8 a.m. Wednesday, officers executed a search warrant at Rosario’s residence at 3 Highcrest Terrace in Roslindale, police said.

When police arrived, they saw Rosario leave his residence, enter a vehicle, and begin driving. Rosario, whose license was suspended, was then pulled over by police.

Officers removed Rosario from the car and read him his rights before searching the car, police said in a statement.

Officers recovered one plastic bag of heroin and $706 in cash from the car, police said.

Officers then went to Rosario’s residence. After knocking on the door and announcing themselves, they heard running inside. They used a ram to break open the door. A woman and two children, who were inside the apartment, cooperated with police.

Officers searching the residence found another 30 plastic bags of heroin, $66,794 in cash, six cellphones, surgical masks, a digital scale, two ledgers, a cutting agent, a spoon and sifter, and a box of plastic bags, police said in a statement.

In addition to the drug trafficking charge, Rosario faces charges of operating a vehicle after license suspension and furnishing a false name to police. The next hearing in the case was slated for Oct. 7, prosecutors said.

Also Wednesday, police said, a 24-year-old Dorchester man was arrested for possession with intent to distribute Class A drugs and operating a vehicle after license suspension. Police said he was hiding plastic bags of heroin in his underwear when they arrested him and a search at 143 Tonawanda St. yielded another bag of heroin.

Jerome Porter is to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

Police said the two arrests were not believed to be related.