Police Briefs: Man Charged with Drug Distribution Following Traffic Stop
FITCHBURG -- A city man was arrested and charged with drug possession to distribute after police acting on a tip stopped his truck on Saturday, according to court documents.
Victor Benzan, 30, of 219 Madison St., second floor, is set to be arraigned in District Court Nov. 6 on charges of cocaine possession to distribute and subsequent offense drug distribution of a class A controlled substance, according to court documents.
Police say officers received a tip Sept. 22 for “possible drug dealing” activity in a gray truck with blue hood on Meadowbrook Lane, according to a police report.
Police encountered the truck and identified the occupant as Benzan, whose license was suspended, the report states.
As Benzan exited the vehicle, officer allegedly saw a clear glassine baggie “in plain view” filled with a substance the officer believed was crack cocaine, according to the report.
Benzan then fled on foot, but was stopped and taken into custody, according to the report.
A search of his vehicle allegedly yielded a total of 3.6 grams of crack of crack cocaine packaged in 10 individually wrapped baggies, and 17.4 grams of heroin packaged in 40 individually wrapped baggies, according to a police report.
Police also allegedly found two mobile phones and $1,906 in cash, according to the report.
Funny money leads to arrest
FITCHBURG --A city man is facing a charge in District Court for allegedly intending to use a counterfeit $50 at Beemers Pub, according to court documents.
Dewayne A Perkins, 26, of 139 Meadowbrook Lane, was summonsed to District Court Monday and arraigned on a single charge of uttering a counterfeit note, according to court documents.
Police say Perkins intended to use the note at the 310 Main St. bar and restaurant on Aug. 18, according to court documents.
Perkins was released with a promise to return to court and is due back for a pretrial hearing on Nov. 15, according to court documents.
Woman accused of stealing from her elderly patient
FITCHBURG -- A home health aid is alleged to have been stealing money and gift cards from her patient, according to court documents.
Linnette Feliciano, 40, of 245 River St. Apt. 216, was arraigned in March in District Court on five counts of larceny under $250 from a disabled person and one count of larceny under $250 by false pretense, according to court documents.
Local police say her alleged thefts were brought to the department’s attention by the state’s Disabled Person’s Protection Commission, a police report states.
On Dec. 5, 2017, Feliciano’s patient gave her $220 for “alleged financial hardship,” according to the reports.
Feliciano did not repay her patient for the loan, police say. On three dates in November and December of last year, money was discovered missing from the patient’s wallet.
According to the report, on Dec. 6 of last year video surveillance captured someone using the patient’s debit card to withdraw $300 from his account.
On Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, who $20 Target gift cards went missing from the patient’s apartment, according to the report.
Police say Feliciano “was given several opportunities to be interviewed with respect to these incidents” but never presented herself to police.
She is due back in District Court for a discovery hearing on Nov. 15, according to court documents.