Braintree Scanner Tales: Police seize almost 200 grams of cocaine and arrest several in two unrelated drug busts
Over 100 grams of cocaine found in plaza drug bust
Two women and a man were arrested on Friday after police discovered approximately 125 grams of cocaine in the women’s car.
According to Braintree police, officers were patrolling the parking lots when they identified a man acting suspiciously.
Officers kept the man under surveillance and called more police for assistance, police said.
According to reports, officers watched the parking lot from surveillance cameras outside Lord & Taylor as the suspect removed a black, zippered bag from the trunk of his car. The suspect then got back into his Nissan and drove from parking lot to parking lot.
An Infiniti car then pulled into the parking lot where the suspect was located. Upon the arrival of the Infiniti, the suspect exited his vehicle and entered the back seat of the Infiniti. The suspect then exited the Infiniti less than a minute later.
Believing they had witnessed a drug transaction, police detained all three suspects as they walked away from their vehicles.
Nothing was found in the man’s vehicle, but police discovered a black, zippered bag in the back seat of the Infiniti containing 125g of cocaine.
When police confronted the suspects with the discovery, the male suspect fled from officers but was apprehended after a short chase.
As a result, Omi Montanez, 35, of New Bedford, his sister Leslie N. Montanez, 31, of New Bedford, and Naomi L. Quansah, 38, of Abington, were placed under arrest and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Montanez was additionally charged with resisting arrest and a drug free school zone violation.
An additional 3.5 g of cocaine was found on Leslie at the police station, police said.
The two women were bailed out, however Omi was held without bail pending his arraignment in Quincy District Court on Monday, police said.
According to police, trafficking in 125g of cocaine carries a penalty of a mandatory 10 years in state prison.
Four arrested in drug crackdown
Four men are in custody after officers from Braintree, Randolph, Weymouth, Avon, and Brockton concluded a four-month investigation into the trafficking of narcotics across the South Shore, turning up approximately 70 grams of cocaine and almost $20,000 in cash.
Armed with search warrants for locations in Brockton and Boston, as well as for warrants for four motor vehicles police believed were used to further drug sales, detectives from the several communities and members of the Boston Police Department served the warrants on Friday, July 6.
According to police, the two targets of the investigation were not in the “stash house,'' located in Brockton, when police arrived, but were later located in Randolph.
As a result, Orlando Cortes, 31, of Dorchester, and Javier A. Camareno, 37, of West Roxbury, were subsequently arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.
A third suspect was about to enter the Brockton apartment on Reservoir Street as police arrived at that location. He was carrying a black bag police discovered had 53 grams of cocaine in it.
A fourth suspect was found inside the apartment when police made entry.
As a result, Edward Soto, 38, from Roslindale, and Jorge C. Marin, 33, of Brockton, were arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy.
An additional 17 grams of cocaine, drug packaging paraphernalia, and a small amount of money was found inside the apartment, police said.
Braintree and Randolph detectives, assisted by members of the Boston Police Department, later searched a Boston apartment where one of the suspects routinely stays. There, police located $19,590 in cash.
The money was seized along with two vehicles.
Soto and Marin will be arraigned in Brockton District Court on Monday. Cortes and Camareno will be arraigned in Quincy Distirct Court.
Police said the investigation is ongoing, police said.
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