A routine traffic stop led to a drug arrest on Monday when Quincy police allegedly discovered several bags of heroin and a bag of cocaine in the car.
According to police, Officer James Cassidy was patrolling Arthur Street in his car at around 12:10 p.m. on Monday and allegedly saw a car drive through a stop sign.
The officer pulled the car over and asked for license and registration, but was handed a license and a car rental agreement, police said.
The officer allegedly asked the suspect if his name was on the car rental agreement, but the suspect said he didn’t speak English.
According to police reports, Cassidy looked up the rental agreement and discovered that the man was not listed on the account. Police communications also informed the officer that the suspect had been involved in drug transactions in the past.
After the suspect gave what the officer considered a suspicious answer about what he had been doing in Quincy, Cassidy took out his police dog partner, Khiya, which is trained in narcotics detection, and conducted an exterior search of the car.
The dog noted the rear tire area. With that probable cause, police said, the dog was allowed inside the vehicle and alerted again to the trunk.
Upon inspection, officers discovered a hide-a-key box behind some insulation inside the rear light fixture. The box contained 22 bags (16 grams) of heroin and one bag (one gram) of cocaine, police said.
Maximo J. Velazquez, 27, from Dorchester, was arrested and charged with failure to stop for a stop sign, using a motor vehicle without authority, possession with intent to distribute class B (cocaine), and possession with intent to distribute class A (heroin).