By Jim Clark
Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit engaged in ongoing drug investigations in the Winter Hill area focused their attention on a particular residence as a suspected location of trade in cocaine last week.
Last Friday, based on information from an informant, police set up a sting operation aimed at putting a known so-called drug “mule” – one who transports narcotics to and from places where transactions are made – out of business.
Undercover officers placed an order for cocaine with a known distributor, to be delivered at the address under surveillance. It was agreed that a delivery would be made 25 minutes later, according to reports.
Approximately 20 minutes later the suspect in question arrived at the residence by car and proceeded to the front door of the home.
The suspect, identified as Alex Flores-Plaza, 32, of Dorchester, was greeted by police as he entered the apartment and immediately attempted to flee, according to reports.
Flores-Plaza reportedly discarded plastic bags containing what police believed to contain cocaine as he ran. Police also reported that Flores-Plaza struggled and resisted being detained by officers, but he was eventually caught and secured, according to reports.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with drug possession and resisting arrest.