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Braintree Scanner Tales: Men arrested after drug sting, Men charged with OUI on Thanksgiving night, iPhone sale goes badly

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 26, 2012 10:02 AM

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Men arrested after drug sting

Two men were arrested on Wednesday in a drug sting occurring at a Braintree home.

According to police, detectives had been watching the Cocheto Street home after receiving information that the resident was receiving almost daily drug deliveries.

Witnesses had told police that the dealer would pull his mini-van into the garage where the drug transactions allegedly occurred, police said.

Police confirmed the story on Wednesday, Nov. 21. While Quincy and Braintree police were watching the house, a mini-van pull into the garage and then left a few minutes later.

Officers confronted the Braintree resident - whose name has not been released, as he has not yet been charged - with their suspicions. The resident made statements about the drug transactions pointing to the driver of the mini-van.

While the first Braintree man was not arrested, a second resident, Brian F. Downey, 30, was arrested on three outstanding warrants for drug, larceny, and motor vehicle offenses.

Detectives also followed the mini-van and spoke with the operator, who was uncooperative and refused to exit his vehicle. According to police, officers eventually forced the suspect from the car and took him into custody.

Angel A. Lara, 25, from Roxbury, was arrested and charged with distribution of heroin, conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, and resisting arrest.

Men charged with OUI on Thanksgiving night

Two men were arrested on Thanksgiving after allegedly driving under the influence.

According to police, the first incident occurred shortly before 11 p.m., when a motorist called police to report that a vehicle was being operated erratically on Washington Street, crossing over the double yellow lines and almost striking several parked cars.

Officers saw the vehicle near Washington and Union Streets and conducted a traffic stop a short distance away.

The officer allegedly could smell a strong odor of alcohol, and made observations that the driver may be intoxicated.

The suspect attempted and failed several sobriety tests, and was placed under arrest.

John J. Stuffle, 41, of Quincy, was charged with operating under the influence of alcohol. At the police station, he took a breath test and recorded a reading three times over the legal limit of .08 percent.

Less than an hour later, while traveling on Granite Street near the South Shore Plaza, an officer saw a Honda Accord being operated erratically in front of him.

The officer stopped the vehicle and, believing the driver was intoxicated, asked him to perform some sobriety tests.

Justo J. Castro, 30, of Brooklyn, NY was then arrested and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol.

At the police station, the suspect consented to and failed a breath test, police said.

iPhone sale goes badly

Braintree police arrested a 27-year-old Boston woman on Sunday after she and a male friend allegedly robbed two people.

According to police, one of the victims told police that on Saturday evening, he and a friend arranged to meet a woman at a Hobart Avenue home to purchase an iPhone 5 that the woman advertised on Craig’s List.

At the home, which police believe was chosen at random, the victims were met by a man and a woman who attempted to sell them a phone other than the one advertised.

Dissatisfied, the two victims attempted to leave, but were then threatened by the woman as they returned to their vehicle.

According to the victims, the male suspect pulled a handgun from his waistband. A fight then occurred, where the male suspect struck one of the victims – from Quincy - in the face with what he believed was the butt of the handgun.

During the struggle, the female suspect also took the Quincy man’s cell phone.

The Quincy man was later transported to South Shore Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

When the incident was reported, police began searching the area and found a vehicle matching the description the victims had given.

Police ran the registration number as well as the phone number the victims had used to contact the suspect, both of which came back to the same woman.

Braintree officers, assisted by officers from the Boston police Department Youth Violence Strike Force, subsequently went to the woman’s home and questioned her.

Sukia O. Omere, 27, from Boston was placed under arrested and charged with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, larceny from a person, larceny under $250, and witness intimidation.

According to police, investigators will be applying for search warrants for the suspect’s vehicle and cell phone to identify her male companion.

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