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Mid Town Mall Stores Being Fronts For Heroin Distribution Is Probably The Least Surprising News Ever

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WORCESTERPolice are investigating a shop owner for allegedly using his stores in the Midtown Mall as a front for heroin dealing.

The arrest this month marks the second time in three years Miguel A. Calderon-Baez, 30, has come under suspicion of using shops he owns in the downtown mini-mall to help conceal alleged illegal drug sales, according to police.

Court records show on May 12, police officers with a warrant searched The Fashion Clothing and The Music Fashion stores, as well as a shop formerly known as The Eves, run by Mr. Calderon-Baez, known to live in both Oxford and Worcester.

Mr. Calderon-Baez owns the two shops in the small indoor shopping mall across the street from the Common behind City Hall, records show. He told police he was only operating the former Eves shop at 22 Front St. and was planning to buy it until this month’s raid likely “screwed that up,” police said.

Mr. Calderon-Baez was arrested by Worcester police in Oxford on May 12, after a search of 82 Orchard Hill Drive in that town produced four firearms, ammunition, 55 grams of crack cocaine, Percocet pills and $14,404 in cash hidden in a couch, according to police. Mr. Calderon-Baez, with an address also of 5 Jefferson St., Apt. 1, in Worcester, was charged with four counts of possessing a firearm in a felony, eight counts of possessing a firearm without a firearm identification card, a subsequent offense of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

An affidavit filed in Central District Court showed Worcester police went with a search warrant to Mr. Calderon-Baez’s shops later that day. In their request for a warrant, police said Mr. Calderon-Baez said the money from the couch in Oxford was “profit” from his stores. At the Midtown Mall, officers seized a black folder containing bank records and paperwork, as well as financial documents belong to the suspect. Police reported also finding in Ms. Muniz’ car three cell phones and “crib notes” – numerical notations most often associated with drug transactions, officials said.

Vice Squad Officer Allan Burnes wrote in an affidavit that he believed Mr. Calderon-Baez uses the shops to launder cash from suspected heroin dealings.

“I know through my experience that drug traffickers will utilize … what may appear to be legitimate businesses as a front to launder proceeds,” the officer wrote. “… I believe that Calderon’s statement regarding the ($14,404) cash demonstrates that he is attempting to legitimize (it).”

Police noted in their affidavit that a reliable informant said he bought heroin from Mr. Calderon-Baez inside the mall. That informant worked with police in the last several months and allegedly bought more drugs in controlled purchases.

This is not the first time Mr. Calderon-Baez has been accused of using the stores – which offer CDs and DVDs, trinkets and sneakers and clothing – for illegal transactions.

In 2012, Worcester police obtained a search warrant for the businesses and reportedly found dozens of bags of heroin and thousands in cash. He was arrested and charged with heroin trafficking at that time, a charge still playing out in Worcester Superior Court with a hearing scheduled next month.

Midtown Mall owner Dean Marcus declined to get into specifics of the current case when contacted Wednesday. He said Mr. Calderon-Baez hadn’t been “around for months” to run his businesses but confirmed the stores are still in operation.

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I think we can all agree that this is the least surprising story of all time. If I was ever in the market for some heroin, the first place I’d look is the Mid-Town Mall. That’s just good ol’ fashioned common sense.

This guy might’ve gotten away with it too, had it not been for this:

“In their request for a warrant, police said Mr. Calderon-Baez said the money ($14,404) from the couch in Oxford was “profit” from his stores.”

Come on bros. I’m not buying that and you shouldn’t be selling it. As a matter of fact there hasn’t been any buying and selling at the Mid Town Mall in years. No one in their right mind believes it’s possible to make a profit at a store you own in that beatiful establishment. We did a profile on this state-of-the-art shopping experience a couple months ago. We even had one of our Turtleboy bloggers do a video tour of the palace:

As you will see, there’s no way $14,404 worth of goods have been sold in all of those stores combined since the “mall” opened it’s doors to the public.

When we wrote this blog the hippies were lining up to whine and complain about how we were being racist to small, minority-owned businesses. But it turns out we were right. It was just a front for heroin distribution the whole time. Reason #4,982 that Turtleboy is right and the hippies are wrong.

Now I’m not saying that every store in that place is a front for heroin dealers. I’m just saying that if I were to go into the heroin biz, the first thing I would do is rent a storefront at the Mid Town Mall. I mean come on now, this genius named his stores The Fashion Clothing and The Music Fashion. It’s like he wasn’t even trying to mask the fact that his sole intention of owning those stores was to have prime real access to Worcester’s finest addicts.

I mean, “The Fashion Clothing?” That’s the best you could come up with? He sure put a lot of thought into that one. Do you or anyone you know own a piece of clothing that was purchased at “The Fashion Clothing?” As soon as he said there was over $14K in sales from a store no one has ever been to before, the jig was up.

The bottom line is the Mid Town mall has got to go. For years Worcester bigwigs have been talking about cleaning up that area. Getting rid of the bus stop in front of City Hall was a good first step, but here’s what they can do to make this place less of an eyesore.

  • Bulldoze an alley right through the Mid-Town mall and turn it into an open-air Quincy Market situation.
  • You’re not allowed to open up a store there if it’s hood-rat bait. No stores with the words “bling-bling” or “cash for gold” are allowed.
  • Toss up a Panera Bread, a Whole Foods Market, a hippie-owned bookstore, a Starbucks, and some place that sells organic soy.

Those types of stores are like citronella lamps for dooshnozzles. Next thing you know the heroin trade will be going on inside the Ernest A. Johnson Tunnel where it belongs.

Boom. Problem solved.

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18 Comment(s)
  • Sad
    September 10, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    The 36 yr old father of our 4 year old son od’d in some shithole apartment in some shithole building in that town. He lived with me on Long Island, NY until I sent him to his mother in Natick to get some help for his problems. Biggest mistake I ever made.

  • Mommabear913
    May 22, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    I go looking thru the midtown mall a lot. I just bought a ring for $20 from the jewelry store. I like the dress store in there, its not bad priced. The other stores are rarely open. Instead of knocking it down and making an EVEN BIGGER MESS in the city, why not renovate it and use it for something else. Why punish the good stores for a bad one? No one is perfect, but remove the problem (the drug dealer) and make sure they really investigate who wants to rent from them. There is a store at the end of the mall, its got a bunch of wicker chairs and knick knacks in it, Ive been walkin thru the midtown mall for a few years now and I have seen that place open like 2 MAYBE 3 times. Ive gone in there at various times during the day/afternoon and maybe 3 stores are open not including the Post Office. Im not tryin to start a debate or anything, its just my opinion. Knocking things down to build new things isnt always the smart thing to do.

  • Clean Hippie
    May 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Come to think of it, they should definitely investigate Auntie Dot’s Pizza on Grafton St. Place is never open and has been there as long as I can remember. Definitely a mob front.

    • Stu Nod
      May 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Clean hippie. Lick that dookie from the side of yer mouth. Ha ha. I really enjoy buying my heron at the liddle mall and then doin it with the heads in the hippie cellar. turtles you punks are assholes.

  • Carlo's Daddy
    May 22, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    There used to be a pretty good gym up on the 2nd floor. It was convenient because I would get my bus transfer in high school at city hall and hit the gym.

    No clue what the name was…

  • MS
    May 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

    The jewelery store is the most popular place in the city to fence stolen jewelery

  • COB
    May 22, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I bought my 2nd wife’s wedding dress at The Fashion Clothing. It was a steal!

    • BobnMic
      May 23, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Are you still married to her COB? I mean she was blind folded when you bought that dress at that place right? Did they offer heroin along with shoes? Just fucking with ya. lol

      • Stu Nod
        May 1, 2016 at 1:19 pm

        You a asshole. Love and respect for marriage

  • no longer in Worcester
    May 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Not sure if it is still in the mid town mall, but if it is… to be fair the diner had since very good breakfast. That was 10 years ago now though. Other than that, the only purpose that place serves to normal citizens is a good shortcut from the bank to city hall.

  • Wolfmanjim
    May 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Mid-Town was a hole back in the late 80s. Aside from the arcade and comic book store that had a huge porn comic selection, there was nothing worth spending your money on there.

    • Wabbitt
      wabbitt
      May 21, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      The diner used to be decent. A toasted bulkie, some bacon and eggs – it was a good place to spend the wait for the bus to Spag’s.

      Can’t speak for how it may be now.

  • BobnMic
    May 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    There is no denying the irrefutable urine stench which permeates throughout this vast and elegant shopping extravaganza. It hits the nostrils upon entering and sets the tone. The Mid Town Mall is in fact, a pissa!!

  • Willey Wonka
    May 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Scott Rodney Willey, Jr – convicted criminal currently evading an arrest warrant from WPD – is also illegally living in a music rehearsal space in the basement at Dean Marcus’s Midtown Mall. Come on WPD, clean house.

    • Clean Hippie
      May 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      The band room? Place has always been a drug den.

  • Clean Hippie
    May 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I wonder if they got to this through the raid that happened in New York?

  • RSoxGuy
    May 21, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    “In their request for a warrant, police said Mr. Calderon-Baez said the money ($14,404) from the couch in Oxford was “profit” from his stores.”

    Orchard Hill Apartments – Gov subsidized low income housing… Mr $14k in the couch should be booted form The Hill and forced to pay back every cent he had subsidized.

    • Nelson
      May 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Don’t you know baby mama gets apt. Baby daddy moves in sets up shop surprised rest of , their families are not living there. People who run these place look the other way. Really makes me want to go to work and pay more taxes.

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