Police Arrest West Roxbury Heroin Street Dealer
Members of the District E-5 Drug Control Unit have witnessed numerous street level drug deals in the outer part of Washington Street in West Roxbury. The following info is provided by the BPD, charges mentioned does not indicate a conviction.
A West Roxbury street level heroin dealer was caught after Boston Police witnessed him retrieving his wayward cellphone from a customer's car on Saturday.
Francis Gonzalez, of 5300 Washington St. #23, West Roxbury, was arrested and charged with possession of a class A drug, heroin, with the intent to manufacture, distribute and dispense.
The purchaser of the heroin will be summonsed to the West Roxbury District Court for possession of a class A drug, heroin, according to a Boston Police report.
On April 21 around 2:40 p.m., members of the District's E-5 and E-18 Drug Control Units (DCU) were conducting surveillance in the area of outer Washington Street in West Roxbury. DCU personnel have witnessed numerous street level drug deals in this area and have made many arrests and seizures of drugs through the years.
Around 2:40 p.m. police allegedly witnessed Gonzalez at the corner of Washington and Rockland streets looking in all directions, looking to be anticipating a vehicle, and was seent placing and taking several phone calls.
At this time a vehicle drove up and stopped for a minute. Gonzalez was seen having a verbal exchange with the driver, then reached his forearms into the vehicle and the driver was seen leaning forwards. Gonzalez then removed his hands from the vehicle and walked onto Rockland Street as the vehicle drove off.
Police followed the vehicle, while other officers followed Gonzalez. The driver was seen manipulating items in his center console while driving, and he occassionally dipped his head downward between the two front seats. Police witnessed the vehicle slow repeatedly due to the driver's actions and several vehicles had to drive around the very slow vehicle, according to police.
Believing the driver was snorting drugs the vehicle was stopped while the driver had his head between the vehicle seats again. Three BPD members approached the vehicle and identified themselves as BPD officers with their police shields, and a detective could see plastic bags in the center console.
The driver immediately told officers he had heroin and he would give it to the officers, which he did. Officers took three plastic bags of heroin, with two of the bags open already, and heroin residue was visible on the center console. The driver admitted to paying $100 to Gonzalez. The man told police he had bought the drugs prior to the meeting the police had witnessed, and that he was there to return the dealer's phone after Gonzalez mistakenly left it in his vehicle.