Suboxone, cocaine, Oxycodone, marijuana taken off streets

SOUTHBRIDGE — An ongoing investigation led police to three arrests and taking a variety of drugs off the streets on Tuesday night.

Police arrested 21-year-old David Guzman and 21-year-old Sage Guzman, both of 46 Glenwood Avenue, and 32-year-old Robert A. Bernard Jr., of Bristol, R.I., after conducting surveillance regarding the ongoing distribution of crack cocaine by several subjects.

According to a police department press release, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, detectives observed two suspected distributors of narcotics leave a residence and enter a motor vehicle and proceed to a large commercial parking lot of a local business complex. As the two subjects remained parked in the lot, detectives observed a second vehicle with a Rhode Island registration approach the parked vehicle. Detectives then observed the operator exit the Rhode Island vehicle and approach the two subjects who remained seated in their vehicle. Police said detectives observed an exchange between the subjects and believed a narcotics transaction had just taken place. The male subject then quickly walked back to his vehicle and fled the area.

Based on their observations, detectives made contact with the operator of the vehicle from Rhode Island and identified him as Mr. Bernard. During conversation, detectives said they observed Mr. Bernard attempting to hide an item between the driver’s side seat and center console of his vehicle. A subsequent search resulted in police recovering approximately one gram of suspected crack cocaine and two strips of suspected Suboxone. According to its manufacturer, Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to opioids and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support. There is a high risk for addiction and dependence of Suboxone, and in certain situations its users are at risk for developing seizures and respiratory failure.

Police continued their investigation and were able to locate the other vehicle travelling on Hamilton Street, resulting in a motor vehicle stop. Police identified the driver as Mr. Guzman and the female passenger as Ms. Guzman. Police said detectives also recovered an undisclosed amount of money suspected to be drug proceeds.

After securing a search warrant for the Guzman home on Glenwood Avenue, police recovered approximately 50 grams of suspected crack cocaine packaged for distribution, fifteen suspected Oxycodone pills, approximately six ounces of marijuana packaged for distribution, two containers containing numerous Suboxone strips, and working scales and other packaging materials commonly used for the distribution of narcotics.

Mr. Guzman was charged with distribution of Class B crack cocaine (subsequent offense), distribution of class B Suboxone (subsequent offense), trafficking in crack cocaine 36-100 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class D marijuana (subsequent offense), possession of Class B Oxycodone, conspiracy to violate the drug law and possession with intent to distribute Class B Suboxone.

Ms. Guzman was charged with conspiracy to violate the drug law, trafficking in Class B crack cocaine 36-100 grams, possession with intent to distribute Class D marijuana, possession of Class B Oxycodone and possession with intent to distribute Class B Suboxone.

Mr. Bernard was charged with possession of Class B crack cocaine and possession of Class B Suboxone.

All were held at Southbridge Police headquarters pending bail and their arraignment in Dudley District Court on Wednesday.

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