Mar 07: Car Stop on Route 84 Leads to Large Narcotics Seizure
At 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, Massachusetts State Police Sergeant James Bazzinotti, Patrol Supervisor for Troop C, stopped a motor vehicle for speeding and marked lanes violations on Rte. 84 eastbound in Sturbridge. The motor vehicle, a 1998 Toyota Avalon, was being operated by CARLOS VARGAS, 35 of New York City. Sergeant Bazzinotti discovered that VARGAS’ license to operate a motor vehicle was suspended in the state of New York. VARGAS does not have a Massachusetts driver’s license. VARGAS was arrested for operating without a license. He was additionally cited for speeding and marked lanes violation.
During a later search of VARGAS’ motor vehicle Sergeant Bazzinotti discovered a quantity of drugs in an area of the passenger side air bag that had been altered so that items could be hidden in it. The discovery resulted in the seizure of 250 grams of Heroin, 200 grams of Cocaine, 1 pound of Marijuana and 79 Percocet pills. As a result of this discovery, Mr. VARGAS was additionally charged with Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Heroin, Possession of a Class D Substance (Marijuana) with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Class B Substance (Cocaine) with Intent to Distribute. The estimated street value of the drugs seized as a result of this stop is $41,300.
The motor vehicle was towed to the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Sturbridge.
VARGAS was booked at the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Sturbridge and will appear in Dudley District Court today.
Sergeant Bazzinotti was assisted on this stop by Trooper Sean Maher from the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Section.
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