Cops Find EBT Card And A Whole Bunch Of Cocaine In 74 Year Old Taunton Hector Salamanca Wannabe’s Room At Old Folks Home
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Tauton Gazette: A 74-year-old Taunton man living in elderly housing was arrested Friday after police seized about three pounds of cocaine valued at least $150,000 from his apartment, police said. Pedro J. Rodriguez, 154 Oak St., Apt. 14, was arraigned Monday in Taunton District Court on charges of trafficking cocaine and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. At Rodriguez’s residence, which is within the Richard Dewert Terrace apartment complex for the elderly and disabled and is owned by the City of Taunton Housing Authority, police recovered a total of 1,352 grams of cocaine, according to the police report.
Oh good. A free loader living in government subsidized housing, selling drugs and paying no taxes on it. Where have I seen that before?
Also at the apartment police recovered more than a pound of marijuana and an extensive coin collection, which had hundreds of different coins, uncut sheets of US paper currency, silver coins and proof sets, according to the report. Police said the coins were likely a way to launder the proceeds from drug deals.
Only a 74 year old drug dealer from Taunton named Pedro would keep his proceeds in the form of a coin collection.
Members of the Taunton Police Department’s Street Crime Unit followed Rodriguez on Friday, March 17, after getting a search warrant for his apartment with the target item being cocaine, according to police. Rodriguez left his apartment in his 2010 Toyota Tacoma on Friday around 9 a.m. and went to DeSa’s Fish market where he parked, went in the store, returned to his car and spent a period of time scratching scratch lottery tickets, police said. Rodriguez then went to multiple other locations: Store 44 at 73 Winthrop St., a parking lot on the corner of Bay and Whittenton streets and the parking lot of Plumbers’ Supply and stayed at each location for anywhere from a few minutes to a half-hour before he left and went directly home, according to the report.
Police said Rodriquez followed this routine almost daily, leaving his residence in the morning, traveling to numerous store locations where he would spend a half-hour at each and always buying scratch tickets.
“The daily routine was recognized by detectives involved in this investigation to be consistent with street level drug distribution,” Det. Matt Skwarto said in his police report.
Oh good, he has money for scratch tickets too.
Tangent – People who buy scratch tickets need to have their own separate line. They are a disease. There’s nothing worse than going into Cumby’s and trying to buy a Gatorade, and you get stuck behind some chick who smells like she took a Newport Light shower, and she’s telling the clerk,
“Gimme four numbah 13’s……ummmm…….two numbah twenty three’s…….let’s se…….five numbah nine’s…….a numbah 33……and 10 quick picks.”
Newsflash – it’s all the same shit. If you play scratch tickets long enough you will lose. It’s why the lottery exists. Just give the clerk $50 and let them decide what tickets you get. And as for the quick picks, there is no point in buying more than one. Buying ten doesn’t significantly increase your chances of winning the Power Ball. There’s no difference between a one in 50 million chance, and a one in 5 million chance. Just go to Sweaty Betty’s and get a lap dance instead, because you’re gonna die soon anyway.
Police confronted Rodriguez and patted him down, finding a prescription bottle that had nine baggies of cocaine inside, six small baggies with cocaine, $235 cash and a cell phone, according to the report. When police explained they would search his apartment and asked if he wished to cooperate in the search he said, “No, just go ahead.” In the apartment police located the one-pound one-ounce bag of marijuana in Rodriguez’ bureau, two large sealed bags of cocaine on the shelf in the closet, smaller baggies of cocaine, $664 in cash, sandwich baggies, digital scales and an EBT card in his name.
Oh look, more EBT fraud that allegedly is so rare. I was told it was all a right wing conspiracy. Nothing to see here, just an abled-bodied 74 year old living in taxpayer funded housing, selling drugs, paying no taxes on it, and getting free food on his EBT card.
When police asked Rodriguez about the two big blocks of cocaine he said he did not know what they were and “a friend asked him to hold them.”
In the bedroom closet police found a Husky cabinet filled with boxes, sleeves and bottles of silver coins and collectible currency including dozens of Kennedy half dollars, dozens of silver American Eagle coins, sleeves of coin proof sets, silver dollars and uncut paper currency.
Gotta love his answer to why he had all that Tony Montana in the crib too:
“A friend asked me to hold it.”
Happens to me all the time. Just the other day my good friend Dr. Stevenson asked me to hold onto a big shipment of meth. I was like, “sure – what are friends for?” If you can’t hold a couple pounds of cocaine for a good friend, then what kind of friend are you?
Anyway, the free my boi patrol is nowhere to be found on this one. Probably because he’s 74 years old and lives in Taunton, so all his boys died a long, long time ago.
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