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Quincy Police carried out a large drug bust Tuesday involving almost $18,000 in cash and over $40,000 in drugs after a Quincy officer started investigating suspicious behavior.
According to police, Officer Gregg Hartnett was driving down Ernest Avenue in Quincy when he noticed two men, sitting in a Honda, acting suspiciously outside a home.
The men avoided eye contact with the officer as he drove by, and the sliding door of a nearby house appeared to be smashed, police said. Thinking he had stumbled upon a burglary, the officer pulled over and started questioning the men.
The officer asked the men what they were doing outside the house. According to the officer, the driver of the car said he was waiting for his friend, Mike.
A short time later, a man walked out of a nearby house to the car carrying a large shoe box, police said. When asked if his name was Mike, the suspect said no.
Additional officers were called to the scene.
Police asked the suspect who had walked out of the house what was in the shoe box. According to officers, the suspect said it was his winnings from the Patriots game. Police found $10,000 in cash in the box.
During a search of the suspects, officers said they uncovered two plastic bags in the pockets of the passenger of the Honda.
Police also questioned the owners of the house, who have not been charged. A search of the house uncovered marijuana and more Oxycodone pills, police said.
A white Cadillac Escalade parked in front of the house was also searched. In it, police discovered a man with more than $7,000 in his possession. Police said a total of $17,930 in cash was discovered.
Four men were arrested – Harrich R. Garcia, 22, Haverill; Ely P. Thevenot, 27, Mansfield; Jose A. Rosario, 22, Manchester, N.H.; and Raul Fontana, 21, Lawrence. All were charged with tracking in a Class A substance, conspiracy to violate the controlled drug laws, and possession a counterfeit substance with intention to distribute.
At the station, officers said they discovered more drugs on the suspects.
Altogether, police said they found 504 Endocet pills, 1000 oxycodone pills, 92 oxycodone tablets, and 92 small round blue tablets police believe to be counterfeit. The approximate street value was $41,000.
Police officials credit the officer for the arrests and the large-scale drug bust.
“It was good police work,” police Captain John Dougan said of Hartnett. “He had his eyes open, saw something that didn’t look right -- it looked suspicious. Because of that, it piqued his interest. Through trained experience, he knew it might have been a problem.”