Webster traffic stop puts Southbridge man behind bars

Vega found with more than 240 grams of cocaine

WEBSTER — A Southbridge man was arrested with more than 240 grams of cocaine Monday evening during a routine traffic stop on East Main Street.

Webster Police Department photos.

Luis Vega, 27, of 103 Elm Street in Southbridge, was pulled over for speeding by Webster Police Officer Sean Ebbeling at approximately 7:45 p.m. According to a Wednesday afternoon statement by the Webster Police Department, Vega’s vehicle sped past Officer Ebbeling in the opposite direction at approximately 45 miles per hour.

After receiving Vega’s license and registration, Officer Ebbeling and Officer Bruce Hamm reportedly observed, according to the statement, “Vega trying to throw what appeared to be white bag containing a powdery substance into the open glove compartment. It was believed to be cocaine.” Police conducted an investigation an retrieved the bag as well as two other larger bags said to be “baseball sized,” each containing a white powder that the officers believed to be cocaine. Questioned about the bags, Vega reportedly told police that while in the drive thru lane of the East Main Street Burger King, the vehicle in front of him “dropped the powdery substance out onto the street, so he picked it up.”

Vega was placed under arrest and was found to be in the possession of $689 in cash. The cocaine recovered by authorities weighed more than 240 grams and police believe its street value is approximately $7,500. He was transported to police headquarters and charged with speeding and trafficking in cocaine over 100 grams. Vega’s bail was set at $10,040 and was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Tuesday.


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