Chief John Dunn reports that the Hull Police Department arrested and charged three men with trafficking heroin following a traffic stop on Sunday, April 21.
Giovanni Cruz, 19, of Belmont, Tomas Martinez, 24, of Dorchester, and Raphy Veras, 19, of Quincy, were each charged with:
• Trafficking in heroin over 36 grams
• Possession to distribute a Class A drug (heroin)
• Possession of a Class A drug (heroin)
• Possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug (marijuana)
• Possession of a Class D drug (marijuana)
• Possession of a burglarious instrument
In addition, Cruz was charged with operation of a motor vehicle with a suspended license, marked lanes violation, and malicious destruction of property under $1,200.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Hull police received a report of an erratic driver in the area of 50 George Washington Blvd.
Hull Police Officer Stephen Glavin located and allegedly observed the driver drift between lanes and almost cross into the opposite lane of traffic twice.
Glavin pulled over the driver near 45 Hull Shore Dr., the Nantasket Beach Resort. As Glavin approached the vehicle and spoke to the driver, later identified as Cruz, the officer noticed a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle.
During the course of the traffic stop, Glavin determined that Cruz was driving with a suspended license. The two passengers, Martinez and Veras, did not have valid driver's licenses and, as a result, the vehicle needed to be towed because it was blocking the driveway of a business.
While performing a routine inventory of the vehicle prior to the tow, officers located and seized approximately 41.8 grams of heroin mixed with fentanyl, 224 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, and an item used to open locked car doors known as a "slim jim."
Cruz was also found to have 47.8 grams of marijuana in his pockets, police said in a statement.
The three men were placed under arrest and taken to the Hull Police Department to be booked.
While inside of his holding cell, Cruz allegedly purposefully clogged the toilet with a roll of toilet paper, causing the cell to flood with water, resulting in the malicious destruction of property charge.
The three men were expected to be arraigned Monday in Hingham District Court.