Boston Police report arresting a Randolph man on various charges after a chase that started with officers noticing him parking at a bus stop and ended after, police say, he threw 1.5 kilograms of cocaine out the window.
Police say officers on routine patrol around 8 p.m. yesterday decided to check out a car parked at a bus stop on Columbia Road just past Blue Hill Avenue, because, as alert motorists know, you're not supposed to do that.
Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the motor vehicle for the above parking infraction; however, as soon as the officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens), the vehicle accelerated and sped away. After a brief pursuit, officers were able to stop the vehicle near Waumbeck & Warren Streets and place the operator in custody.
A quick radio check revealed that Ernesto Soto, Jr., 40, had a suspended license. Then, police say, officers noticed the plastic bag on the front seat, which they discovered contained $50,000 in cash. And they noticed that the car's right-side window was down, a most unusual occurrence given the relatively chilly temperatures last night, police say. They wondered whether Soto might have thrown something out that window:
Officers retraced the vehicle’s flight on foot, concentrating on the passenger’s side of the road and sidewalk. A short distance away on Waumbeck Street, officers recovered a white plastic bag containing a large brown rectangular package consistent with the packaging and labeling of kilos of narcotics. In the area of Waumbeck and Wenonah Streets, officers located a white brick believed to be pressed cocaine. Further investigation on-scene revealed that both packages tested positive for cocaine, the kilo brick weighing 1,108 grams and the block weighing 492 grams.
Soto was charged with trafficking Class B drugs (200 grams or more) as a second offense, failure to stop for a police officer, use of a motor vehicle without authority, operating with a suspended license and driving to endanger.