Boston Police report officers who stopped a car with a busted brake light at East Cottage and Batchelder streets in Dorchester yesterday wound up arresting its two occupants after a drug-sniffing dog went nuts and a search warrant let them into the car, where they found a pound of cocaine.
Police say driver Jose Maldonado, 34, of Providence, and local passenger Firpo Pimentel, 34, were both charged with trafficking cocaine.
Maldonado was also charged with operating without a license and possession of a forged Registry document, police say. Police say officers pulled the car over around 11 a.m. when they noticed a broken brake light.
Maldonado handed over what appeared to be a forged license - with a photo that didn't look anything like him - police say, adding that while talking to the pair, officers noticed "alterations and modifications to the vehicle often associated with hides or hiding places used in the trafficking of illegal drugs."
That's when they brought in Koda the drug-sniffing dog, police say. In addition to the cocaine, found in several plastic bags, police also seized $18,500 in cash.