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Edwin Figueroa of Framingham was charged with, among other things, trafficking in cocaine after an arrest Friday in Ashland.
Ashland Police say they confiscated cash, cell phones, a knife, and small bags of cocaine when they arrested Edwin Figueroa of Framingham Friday.
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 20, 2008 @ 11:26 PM
A Framingham man was arrested Friday on cocaine trafficking charges, the third time in less than a week that someone police described as a large scale dealer was arrested in town.
Edwin Figueroa, 33, had 14.3 grams of cocaine in his possession when he was arrested at 5:42 p.m., Ashland Police spokesman Lt. Richard Briggs said.
Detective Robert MacQuarrie was in plain clothes and an unmarked car when he saw two men he knew to be drug users driving to Megunko Road. Briggs said investigators have recently found out Megunko Road was an area used by drug dealers to sell drugs.
MacQuarrie followed the two men to a parking lot and watched them.
"He (MacQuarrie) ducked into the woods and he could hear them talking," said Briggs. "He could overhear the two users talking about the dealer."
A few minutes later, a brown van pulled into the parking lot, and MacQuarrie saw one of the known users hand the man in the van, Figueroa, a large wad of cash, Briggs said.
MacQuarrie rushed out of the woods and identified himself, and Figueroa threw a black plastic bag he had in his lap into the back of the van, Briggs said.
"(Figueroa) began reaching toward the center console, and MacQuarrie prevented him from doing so and he (the detective) ordered him out at gunpoint," said Briggs. "Later, the officers found a knife in the center console."
Police searched the vehicle and found the 14.3 grams of cocaine and more than $1,650 in the black bag.
Police used a Massachusetts State Police dog to search the van, but found no more drugs.
The potential buyers were not arrested, nor were they identified, Briggs said.
Figueroa gave police several names and it took about an hour and a half to identify him, using his fingerprints.
Figueroa, of 121 Granite St., was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, conspiracy to violate the state's controlled substances law, illegally carrying a dangerous weapon, using a vehicle during the commission of a felony, giving police a false name and a school zone violation.
Figueroa is scheduled to be arraigned in Framingham District Court on Monday.
Figueroa's arrest follows the arrest of Petrick Somerville, 34, of Boston, last Saturday. Police said he had been dealing cocaine in town for years.
Also in town, Pedro Geraldino, 38, of Ashland was arrested on Monday and charged with cocaine trafficking after a traffic stop.
Briggs said the arrests are due to a renewed effort to stop the flow of drugs in town.
"I don't think there are more drugs being sold," he said. "We're stepping up the effort, and we're putting more people in plainclothes. One case often leads to another."