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By Jay Pateakos
GateHouse News Service
Posted Sep 10, 2008 @ 07:46 PM

Swansea -
In two separate drug busts Monday, Swansea police detectives confiscated two caches of cocaine, a small amount of crack cocaine and cash.
After receiving tips that the parking lots of McDonald's at the intersection of Route 6 and Route 136 and the Swansea Wal-Mart were becoming a hotbeds for drug activity, an undercover officer arranged to meet a suspected dealer Monday around noon at McDonald's to purchase 3 grams of cocaine.
The officer met up with a woman who had a man with her in the parking lot and subsequently arrested them.
The woman, Wendy Holmes, 41, 34 Sable Ave., Dartmouth, allegedly had 19.5 grams of cocaine and a small amount of crack cocaine in her vehicle. She and her passenger, Scott Oliver, 41, 22 Maple Lane, Rehoboth, were both arrested and charged with trafficking more than 14 grams of cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Later in the day, an undercover officer arranged to buy an ounce of cocaine from another suspected dealer, this time in the Swansea Wal-Mart parking lot.
Police arrested Freddy Martinez, 42, of 90 Choate St., Fall River, after searching his 1998 Ford Econoline van and finding nearly an ounce of cocaine along with $541 in cash and three cell phones. Marinez was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Detective Marc Haslam said he and Detective Joseph Martin have been logging long days recently. He added that he has been getting numerous anonymous calls from people witnessing vehicles parking near each other at the McDonald's and Wal-Mart and then taking off hastily.
"Targeting those areas have been successful for us," said Haslam.
He said in his experience lately, cocaine has become a lot harder to come by than heroin, something that makes the arrests even more significant.
"From what we hear, the supply of cocaine has been diminishing compared to that of heroin," said Haslam. "Cocaine is no longer as prevalent as it once was."
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