Daily Dose of Great Police Work: Police Arrest One and Recover Drugs in Roxbury


At about 8:00 PM on Saturday, February 22, 2014, officers assigned to the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force affected an on-site arrest in the area of Waumbeck & Warren Streets in District B-2 (Roxbury).

While on patrol in the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Columbia Road, officers observed a motor vehicle illegally parked in the bus stop on Columbia Road.  Officers attempted to conduct a stop of the motor vehicle for the above parking infraction; however, as soon as the officers activated their emergency equipment (lights & sirens), the vehicle accelerated and sped away.  After a brief pursuit, officers were able to stop the vehicle near Waumbeck & Warren Streets and place the operator in custody.  Further investigation revealed that the operator’s license to operate a motor vehicle had been revoked.

A search of the motor vehicle incident to the operator’s arrest revealed over $50,000.00 in United States paper currency in a white plastic bag on the front passenger seat of the vehicle.  Due to the large quantity of cash and the manner in which it was packaged, officers were led to believe other contraband may be present in the vehicle. A Boston Police K-9 responded to the scene and “hit,” or detected the smell of contraband, in several areas of the motor vehicle.  Officers also observed that the front passenger side window of the vehicle had been rolled down when the vehicle had finally come to a stop.  Because of the cold temperature at that time, officers believed the operator may have discarded contraband out of the vehicle’s window during the pursuit.  Officers retraced the vehicle’s flight on foot, concentrating on the passenger’s side of the road and sidewalk.  A short distance away on Waumbeck Street, officers recovered a white plastic bag containing a large brown rectangular package consistent with the packaging and labeling of kilos of narcotics.  In the area of Waumbeck and Wenonah Streets, officers located a white brick believed to be pressed cocaine.  Further investigation on-scene revealed that both packages tested positive for cocaine, the kilo brick weighing 1,108 grams and the block weighing 492 grams.  All money and drugs were seized and turned in as evidence. 

The operator, 40-year-old Ernesto Soto, Jr. of Randolph, was arrested and charged with Failure to Stop for Police Officer, Use of a Motor Vehicle Without Authority, Operating After License Suspended/Revoked, Driving to Endanger, and Trafficking Class B Drugs (200 Grams or More)(Second and Subsequent Offense).