On March 1, 2023, Oscar Rosario of Worcester was arrested by Worcester Police and was charged with possession to distribute class B drug, distribution of class B drug, and municipal ordinance/law violation.
At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 1, a Worcester Police Officer, while in stationary position in the area of Hawley Street and Pleasant Street, observed Rosario looking around and walking back and forth. This officer was in an unmarked cruiser, about 30 to 40 yards away from Rosario, and was using his binoculars to watch Rosario.
This officer observed Rosario walk towards Piedmont Street and approach a Hispanic male behind Eddie Super Plaza at 300 Pleasant Street. The Hispanic male gave Oscar some money, and Oscar, in return, gave this Hispanic male a small object.
This officer then observed the Hispanic male and Oscar walk in separate directions. This officer observed the Hispanic male as he was walking away and put the item he had just gotten from Oscar in his front coat pocket.
From this officers training and experience, he believed he had just observed a street level hand-to-hand drug transaction,
This officer informed other officers of his observation and requested assistance.
A sergeant in the area maintained surveillance of Oscar as the officer followed and approached the Hispanic male in the area of Piedmont Street and Pleasant Street.
This officer, when approaching the Hispanic male, identified himself as “Worcester Police” and gave a verbal command to the Hispanic male to give him the drugs inside his right coat pocket. The Hispanic male informed this officer that he did buy drugs but asked the officer not to be arrested in front of his kid.
This officer advised this Hispanic male I to hand the drugs over, and he would be charged and summoned to court. The Hispanic male reached inside his front right coat pocket and retrieved one clear glassine baggie containing a hard white rock like substance. Based on this officer’s training and experience, he believed this to be crack cocaine, an illegal Class B substance.
In the area of 117 Piedmont Street, other officers had Oscar stopped and handcuffed, and when the other officer arrived at their location, they informed him that they could not find any drugs on Oscar. This officer himself searched Oscar and located inside his front upper left coat pocket a single twenty dollar bill and múltiple individually wrapped clear glassine baggies all containing a hard
rock like substance. Based on this officer’s training and experience, he believed this to be crack cocaine, an illegal Class B substance.
This officer also observed an open container of Heineken next to Oscar, and additionally, he was charged with an open container of alcohol.
On March 2, 2023, Rosario was arraigned in Worcester District Court before District Court Judge Nicole A. Colby-Longton. Rosario was released ROR and is scheduled to be back in Worcester District Court for a pretrial hearing on April 13, 2023.
The charge and allegations against the defendant are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.