Rosado-Garcia found with Suboxone, cocaine

SOUTHBRIDGE — Ramon Rosado-Garcia is no stranger to police, yet he was reacquainted with handcuffs on Wednesday night.

Rosado-Garcia, 51, of 592 Main Street, Southbridge, was charged with possession with intent to distribute class A Suboxone, and with possession with intent to distribute class B cocaine. He was arraigned in Dudley District Court on Thursday. Rosado-Garcia had been arrested, along with Jessica Alicea, 35, of Southbridge, in October 2017 after a search warrant resulted in the discovery of approximately 310 bags of heroin in his possession.

The charges stemmed from a routine patrol of Cross Street and Hamilton Street, an area known to police for street level narcotic violations. Southbridge Police reported that officers were on patrol in the neighborhood shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday when they observed Rosado-Garcia walking on Cross Street towards Hamilton Street with an unidentified female. According to the police department, “Officers had conversation” with Rosado-Garcia and soon recovered two clear cut corner bags with tie knots containing “a white powdery substance” suspected to be cocaine packaged for distribution. Police said they also recovered more than $2,000 held together by an elastic band and suspected to be “drug proceeds.” Rosado-Garcia was placed under arrest and was transported to the police station on Mechanic Street to be processed.

While being booked by police, officers recovered another clear cut corner baggie with a tie knot containing an additional white powdery substance authorities believe to be cocaine. Police also discovered 13 prescription Suboxone packages that Rosado-Garcia admitted he had no prescription for. 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 said Rosado-Garcia affirmed he is currently unemployed and could not provide an explanation as to why he was in possession of more than $2,000 in cash.

Arresting officers were Officer Richard Reddick and Officer Darren Dodge.

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