Wellesley Police on Wednesday arrested a 44-year-old man at the Washington Street Sunoco gas station, while he was on the job there, on felony drug trafficking charges.
Detectives initiated the investigation following a fatal drug overdose in another community. Detectives learned that the overdose victim may have purchased illegal narcotics from someone at a Wellesley gas station on a regular basis. While conducting surveillance, detectives observed conducting hand-to-hand transactions with the suspect, but not buying gas.
Following one such transaction that detectives observed, both the alleged purchaser and seller were stopped. The alleged seller had some 60 bags of a substance believed to be cocaine amounting to approximately 42 grams. This amount of cocaine rises to the level of a drug distribution charge as well as a drug trafficking charge.
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The alleged seller was arrested by detectives and held on $12,000 bail. He was arraigned in Dedham District Court on March 14 for Distribution of a Class B substance (cocaine) as well as Trafficking in Cocaine. The alleged purchaser also had what was believed to be cocaine on her person. She was summonsed to Dedham District Court for drug possession and motor vehicle violations and will be arraigned in April.
The owner of the gas station is cooperating fully with the investigation and police said the owner had no idea that this was happening.