By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 22, 2008 @ 12:19 AM
A Boston man suspected of selling heroin and an alleged customer from Framingham were arrested Wednesday after a undercover detective watched them conduct a drug deal, police said.
Rogelio Martinez, 19, of Boston, and Joseph Letizia, 24, of Framingham, were arrested at 5:27 p.m., police spokesman Lt. Paul Shastany said.
Detective Matt Gutwill, a narcotics investigator, was driving on Waverley Street when he became suspicious of a car in the KFC parking lot.
Gutwill saw Letizia standing outside a car and speaking animatedly on a cell phone. Another person was sitting in the car.
Gutwill watched the pair for about an hour, without anyone going into the restaurant, Shastany said.
After about an hour, the car drove off and he followed it to the Leland Street Car Wash.
The vehicle parked there for 15 minutes before a black Acura pulled into a car wash bay, Shastany said. Letizia walked over to the driver of the Acura. They appeared to exchange something, and both vehicles left.
Gutwill stopped the car Letizia was in and found a small bag containing heroin rocks, police said. Other officers arrested Martinez, whose cell phone showed he had been talking to Letizia.
Shastany said police have seized the vehicle and plan on filing for it to be forfeited to the department because it was used in a drug transaction.
The man driving the car Letizia was in was not charged and his name was not released.
Martinez, of 82 Walnut Ave., was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate state drug laws and having drugs near a school.
Letizia, of 11 Pinewood Drive, was charged with possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate state drug laws.
Both men pleaded not guilty in Framingham District Court yesterday. Both are due back in court on Sept. 29 for a pretrial conference.