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February 23, 2013

Police log

Man arrested on drug, resisting arrest charges

LAWRENCE — A Dedham man was arrested Thursday afternoon at the Hess gas station on Broadway and charged with possession of drugs and resisting arrest, after police said they watched him inject heroin in the CVS parking lot.

Jason Soto, 32, was charged with possession of a Class A drug, heroin, possession of a Class E drug, clonopin, with intent to distribute, and resisting arrest.

Officers from the city’s Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit was conducting mobile surveillance around 5:30 p.m. when they noticed Soto in a Saab 9-5 with New Hampshire plates parked in the CVS parking lot, 266 Broadway.

He was observed sitting in the driver’s seat for several minutes, making motions consistent with mixing heroin and packing a glass pipe with crack cocaine, according to Lawrence Police Det. Dean Murphy’s report.

Soto then drove to the Hess station, 615 Broadway, parked in front of the gas pumps and went in the store. While he was inside, Det. Carmen Purpora walked past the vehicle and noticed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle, according to police.

As Soto was walking back to his vehicle, Purpora and Murphy approached him and asked to speak with him. He jumped into his car and locked the door, police said. As officers watched, he reached into the back of the car and the front passenger’s seat “in an excited manner” as if trying to hide or destroy evidence, Murphy said.

At that point, Purpora reached into the car and after a brief struggle pulled Soto out, police said.

After officers interviewed him at the scene, Soto admitted he had just bought $20 worth of heroin and shot it intravenously while parked at CVS, police said. A search of him turned up 67 Class E Clonazapam (clonopin) pills as well as $520 in cash, 2 Class E Suboxone patches, and 20 more pills of Chlorpromazine, also a Class E drug, police said.

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