Allan Jung/Daily News Staff
Andre Luis Do Carmo is arraigned at Framingham District Court on cocaine trafficking charges.
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
The MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jul 24, 2008 @ 11:18 PM
A Framingham man was arrested Wednesday by Ashland Police on cocaine trafficking charges after a tip from a confidential informant, a prosecutor said yesterday in Framingham District Court.
Andre Luis Do Carmo, 22, was arrested at 8:48 p.m. when he tried to sell 14.5 grams of cocaine to that informant in the parking lot of the Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub on Pond Street, prosecutor Jennifer Snook said.
On Tuesday the informant, who was not named by Snook, told police about a drug dealer he knew.
"He said he purchased cocaine on a regular basis from Do Carmo and in large quantities," the prosecutor said. The informant said Do Carmo sold the drugs from his pickup truck, she said.
Detectives had the informant set up a buy outside the restaurant where police arrested Do Carmo, Snook said.
"After searching the vehicle, they found a large bag containing a white powdered substance," she said.
The vehicle was registered to Do Carmo's mother, but he told authorities everything in the vehicle belonged to him, she said.
Snook said police also found a marijuana pipe and marijuana, nearly $200 in cash and two cell phones.
Detectives conducted a test which revealed the powder was cocaine. The drugs weighed 14.5 grams, or slightly more than half an ounce. In Massachusetts, carrying 14 grams of cocaine is considered trafficking.
Do Carmo, of 3 Beaver Park Road, was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and driving without a license.
Snook asked Judge Paul Healy Jr. to set bail at $10,000.
"Although this defendant has no record, he had a large amount of cocaine available to sell," she said.
Do Carmo's lawyer, Donna Paruti, argued her client was innocent.
"He stated to me he has never sold drugs and he wasn't selling drugs at this time," she said. "Mr. Carmo does intend to fight these charges."
Paruti also argued against the $10,000 bail, recommending $1,500 instead.
"I would suggest a $10,000 bail is excessive for someone with no criminal record at all," Paruti said.
Healy set bail at $7,500. If Do Carmo cannot post bail, he will be held at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge. He is due back in court on Aug. 21 for a pretrial conference.