Roslindale man charged with possession of 22 pounds of cocaine after Egleston Square traffic stop
Boston Police making a traffic stop yesterday wound up recovering 10 one-kilo blocks of cocaine from a hidden compartment in a mini-van, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The driver of the van, Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, of Hyde Park Avenue, was ordered held in lieu of $30,000 bail at his arraignment in Roxbury District Court, according to the DA's office, which had requested bail of $1 million.
According to the DA's office, police already had their eye out for a green Nissan Quest spotted speeding down Brookside Avenue in Jamaica Plain when an officer noticed it on Seaver Street a few blocks away - noticed it had a faulty brake light and then watched as it bombed through a stop sign. That was enough for a traffic stop, at Walnut Avenue and School Street:
The officer pulled Garcia over and approached the car to find Garcia with his license in hand. In response to the officer's questions, Garcia allegedly appeared nervous and shaky as he acknowledged the faulty brake light and the fact that he wasn't the registered owner of the car. When the officer asked if there was anything in the car, he allegedly became more visibly anxious.
Based on his training and experience, the officer believed there might be contraband in the vehicle and called for assistance. A K-9 unit responded to the scene and "hit" on the area near the front passenger seat. Further investigation led officers to an aftermarket panel on the underside of the car and exposed wires inside that suggested a hidden compartment; they were able to open this compartment and found several blocks of what appeared to be narcotics inside.
Garcia was taken into custody and the Quest was towed to District E-13. A more thorough search yielded 10 blocks of cocaine, each weighing over one kilogram each.