Police do a little leg work

On March 7, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit conducted a narcotics interdiction surveillance operation along the lower end of Broadway last Friday.

They focused their attention on a woman, Maryann Zeletsky, 54, as she left her Broadway residence.

Zeletsky reportedly walked some distance, frequently looking around as she traveled, as if expecting to meet someone, according to police. The surveillance team reportedly noted that Zeletsky appeared nervous and made frequent use of her cell phone, which the officers felt was behavior consistent with drug purchasers.

During the course of their surveillance, officers learned that Zeletsky had active outstanding warrants for her arrest in effect.

A car eventually arrived and picked up Zeletsky and a rolling surveillance was initiated. Police said that the car took Zeletsky back to her residence, driving only a short distance from the pick up location.

As Zeletsky exited the vehicle she was confronted by narcotics officers, and it was reportedly noted that she held her fist clenched, as if concealing something from sight, according to police.

The woman reportedly complied when police ordered her to unclench her hand, revealing six small plastic bags containing a white powdery substance that the officers suspected was cocaine, police said.

It was reported that Zeletsky readily confessed to buying cocaine while she was riding in the vehicle that was followed.

Police then asked the driver of the vehicle, Imran Laltaprasad, 29, of Quincy, to step out of the car. The officers said that a strong odor of marijuana was detected coming from the interior of the car.

When questioned about the situation, Laltaprasad reportedly denied supplying the cocaine to Zeletsky or possessing any drugs at all. A search of Laltaprasad’s person turn up $350 in two separate stacks.

It was noted by officers on the scene that Laltaprasad had a prosthetic leg, and that a thorough search was not practical at the investigation site.

Laltaprasad and Zeletsky were placed under arrest and transported to Somerville Police Department Headquarters for booking and processing.

After speaking further with police, Laltaprasad was reportedly persuaded to remove 10 plastic bags believed to contain cocaine and two bags containing a brownish powder believed to be heroin that were hidden in his prosthesis.

Laltaprasad was charged with conspiracy to violate drug law and drug possession to distribute.

Zeletsky was charged with conspiracy to violate drug law and possession of a class B drug, and also booked on warrant charges of operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, license not in possession, and conspiracy to violate drug law.

 

13 Responses to “Police do a little leg work”

  1. A. Moore says:

    Brings new meaning to having a hollow leg.

  2. mememe says:

    “[Your Name Here] reportedly walked some distance, frequently looking around as she travelled (sic), as if expecting to meet someone, according to police. The surveillance team reportedly noted that [Your Name Here] appeared nervous and made frequent use of her cell phone, which the officers felt was behavior consistent with drug purchasers.
    A car eventually arrived and picked up [Your Name Here] and a rolling surveillance was initiated. ”

    For anyone that ever walks around Somerville and uses cell phones, the above lines should send shivers down your back.

  3. Boston Kate says:

    “For anyone that ever walks around Somerville and uses cell phones, the above lines should send shivers down your back.”

    Why? They police were correct in their suspicions of her.

  4. gregtowne says:

    mememe, something tells me Ms. Zeletsky is very well known to the SPD and they weren’t going on a hunch here.

    How’s that saying go, if you know a duck is a junkie because you’ve busted the duck about a dozen times and you see that duck acting the way you’ve seen the junkie duck act prior to getting a fix before then follow the duck and arrest it. or something like that..quack quack

  5. Rod says:

    How’s this: Good work Somerville Police…..Keep it up and lets continue to clean up our city of drugs and the low enders that are selling in our city Now lets see how the liberal courts do with these two

  6. cell phone user says:

    I noticed the same thing.

  7. mememe says:

    “Why? They police were correct in their suspicions of her.”
    I find no where where she was found guilty. Are we no longer innocent until found guilty? This goes beyond the idea that the state even has the right to regulate what we put in our body, or free trade.

    Who will police the police? When we start turning our eye to improper t methods, cops take advantage. We have been doing it for years, allowing our rights to disappear in the name of fighting terrorism, our children’s safety or any other catch phrase you want to use.

    Appearing nervous and using your cell phone is not probable cause and all you police state apologist should be ashamed. If she was doing something wrong, there is no reason to not follow the rule of law in arresting and prosecuting her.

  8. Agree with Rod that we should be commending our Police Officers.

  9. sharon says:

    mememe, get over it. I for one am thrilled that allegedly 16 bags of cocaine and 2 bags of heroin were taken off the streets of Somerville. They knew who the users and dealers are. They don’t follow everyone using a cell phone. And if she hadn’t been found to possess cocaine she would have been let go and told to have a nice day.

  10. Ron Newman says:

    It is a waste of taxpayer money and police time to arrest people for victimless crimes like this.

  11. sharon says:

    OH MY GOD. Do you really consider selling cocaine and heroin to be a victimless crime? You are so out of touch with reality it is scary. Cocaine and heroin destroy families, kill users and sometimes others, use precious state money for health care, rehab, food stamps, etc., and create a huge amount of our crime.

  12. victimless? says:

    are you kidding? Mr. Newman–crimes committed to stay supplied? HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis–how many people were damaged before effective blood testing came about? The damage to the user & family, employer, etc. is epic. The abuse & neglect of children of addicts? The gazillions of tax dollars trying to rehab people? I honestly don’t know what planet you reside on, but it may be time to head for the mother ship.

  13. j. connelly says:

    Those who call it “victimless” crimes are most likely ‘users’ themselves.

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