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Speeding Stop Leads to Cocaine Bust in Medford

A State Police K-9 sniffed out the drugs in a hidden compartment inside the van, police said.

A routine speeding stop last week near Fulton Street led to the discovery of nearly two ounces of cocaine in a hidden compartment of a mini-van, according to a police report.

Police allegedly found 14 plastic bags containing 1/8 ounce of cocaine each, and two one-gram bags of cocaine in a hidden compartment in the floor of a van driven by Seymour Hernandez-Garcia, 28, of Peabody on Friday. The discovery came after a State Police K-9 searched the van and police obtained a search warrant to open the hidden compartment, according to a police report.

Hernandez-Garcia was arrested near the intersection of Fulton Street and St. Clare Road about 10:30 a.m. Friday and charged with trafficking cocaine, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding. He was released on $5,000 bail after an arriagnment Monday before Judge Maurice Flynn in Somerville District Court.

While working a detail in North Medford Friday morning for Verizon, Officer Leo Sacco III spotted a brown van speeding on Fulton Street. He wrote down the license number of the van in case it returned to the area, according to a police report, written by Sacco.

About five minutes later the van pulled out of a nearby driveway again speeding, so Sacco stepped out into the road to stop the vehicle, the report said.

Hernandez-Garcia was driving the car by himself, but only had a learner's permit, the report said. Sacco spotted used baggie ties on the floor of the car, and police had been previously told by an informant the house Hernandez-Garca left was being used as a drop-off point for drugs, the report said.

State Police Trooper Brian Cooper and his K-9 partner, Drako, were called to the scene. Drako walked around and indicated he could smell drugs in the van, the report said. Police used this as probable cause to search the inside of the vehicle, Sacco wrote.

Once inside, Drako detected the scent of drugs coming from the floor of the car in a spot where the second row seats would normally be but were removed, the report said.

"Drako responded by scratching furiously at a spot on the floor covered by a piece of plastic," Sacco wrote.

Police obtained a search warrant to open the compartment covered by plastic later on Friday and found the drugs inside, the report said. They also seized $210, a cell phone, GPS, iPod and plastic bag containing an oil-like substance, the report said.

Hernandez-Garcia is expected to appear in court next April 23 for a probable cause hearing.

bornandraised02155 February 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Apparently, K.S. didn't get his shipment last week. Wahhhh, Wahhhh, Wahhhh. Bottom line is Mr. Hernandez-Garcia did have drugs and his intent was to sell them. What a shame that this will be on Seymour's record (likely with a long list of other infractions). Great job, Officer Sacco. You may want to keep an eye on the top of Fulton Street too.
Lewis Jarvis February 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Marco's hay fever is doing much better I hear...get well soon! Tell Harry I said hi when he gets home from training.
WWally February 17, 2012 at 05:57 PM
KS , where do you hide your drugs?
WWally February 17, 2012 at 05:58 PM
KS, where did you go to law school?
Michael Moura February 18, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Great work by the MSP pooch and MPD. People fly down that stretch all the time. My guess is they had reasonable cause to search because the operator was acting suspiciously. They ordered him out + asked for permission to search. The suspect agreed and thats when he was taken into custody.

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