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Arrested men found with cash, cocaine

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Four Brockton men who tried to drive through Braintree in a car without an inspection sticker Wednesday now face a variety of serious charges after police discovered three of them were carrying large amounts of cash or crack cocaine, and that the fourth man was wanted for assault and battery. According to Braintree Police, officer Donald Delaney pulled over the 2002 Audi on Washington Street Wednesday morning after he noticed the car lacked a mandatory inspection sticker. When he ran the license number of the driver, 20-year-old Derek G. DePina, through a computer check, Delaney discovered it had been suspended. Delaney arrested DePina, searched his pockets, and discovered nearly $500 in cash along with numerous small bags of a substance that appeared to be crack cocaine. DePina was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, and operating a car without a license or inspection sticker. Police said a passenger in the car, 23-year-old Gilvan Monteiro, was carrying $5,171 and had bag of crack under his seat. A second passenger, 19-year-old Patrick L. Semedo, was also carrying a large amount of cash. Both were charged with conspiracy, and Monteiro will face a drug possession charge. The final passenger, Christian D. Keith, 20, was arrested after officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for assault and battery.

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