Leominster man caught dealing drugs out of Motor Inn, tells cops “heroin” is fake, it was fentanyl
LEOMINSTER – On Monday, March 13, at 3:26 p.m., Detective Jose Algarin of the Leominster Police Department received an anonymous tip that an alleged drug dealer was operating out of room 130 at the Motor Inn on Central Street.
The alleged dealer, Jason Brewer, was also reportedly driving a red Toyota Camry with a suspended license. According to police, Brewer, 29, is a homeless handyman who spends most of his time in Leominster.
Det. Algarin relayed this information to Officer Tyler Labell, who responded to the Motor Inn at approximately 6:15 p.m.
“I went to the Motor Inn to see if I could locate the Camry and get a registration number,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative for the incident. “At the time, there was no red Camry. I went to the lobby and got a log of the people staying there. On the log, it had Latanyia MaCartney out of room 130 whom is known as Jason’s girlfriend through past dealings. They also have a red Toyota Camry with Registration [number redacted]. It did not list the state’s registration.”
With the Camry’s registration, Officer Labell left the lobby and decided to search the parking lot one more time. When he drove to the end of the parking lot, which intersects with Central Street, and took a right, he said he saw a Toyota Camry with its left directional on turn into the Motor Inn’s parking lot.
Officer Labell said he followed the Camry, which was occupied by a male in the driver’s seat and a female in the passenger seat.
“I pull behind the Camry with marked cruiser #5,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative. “I notice the Registration is New Jersey but matches the Motel’s log sheet for Latanya of [number redacted]. Once I confirmed it was the same vehicle, I asked for backup to the scene. Officer Laurinda Dion arrived shortly after.”
When the couple exited the Camry, Officer Labell said he immediately recognized them – “through past dealings” – as Jason Brewer and Latanyia MacCartney.
“I exited the cruiser and began walking towards Jason, and they both walked back to the Camry,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative. “I asked Jason if he has his license on him. Jason stated that he did not. I asked Jason what his date of birth was. I ran Jason Brewer’s information with dispatch. I asked Jason to turn around and put his hands on the vehicle so that I could pat frisk him for any weapons. Jason stated that he did not have any on him. Dispatch confirmed that Jason had a suspended license, and I asked him to put his hands behind his back. I placed handcuffs on Jason’s wrists. Jason was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License. I escorted Jason to the back of cruiser #1 where he was transported by Ofc. Dion. I requested a tow for the vehicle because it was operated by a suspended driver. Sgt. Sean Ferguson denied the tow because it was parked on private property.”
When Officer Labell returned to the station, the booking officer, Officer Derek Doiron, showed Officer Labell a plastic baggie containing a light brown powdery substance that he found in one of Brewer’s pants pockets.
“Through my training and experience, I believe that to be Heroin,” wrote Officer Labell in his Narrative. “Jason stated that ‘the drugs are fake and he was going to rip someone off.’”
According to Officer Labell, as he was writing his Narrative for the incident, Det. Algarin came to the police station and asked him to bring the drugs to his office for a field test.
“Det. Algarin weighed it on his scale in the baggy which had a gross weight of 1.6 grams. Det. Algarin then performed a field test that came up very light pink, which means fentanyl on the test. The drugs have been sent to the lab to confirm it is fentanyl. I have placed the evidence into the drug locker and sent an email to the evidence department to inform them and to get it to the lab.”
Officer Labell reviewed Brewer’s Board of Probation Record, which indicated that he has been found guilty for Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License and Possession of a Class A Substance, in the past.
In addition, since the drugs in Brewer’s possession were not fake, as he claimed, an initial charge of Possession with Intent to Distribute a Counterfeit Drug was changed to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug.
Brewer was formally charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle with a Suspended License, Subsequent Offense; Drug Possession Class A, Subsequent Offense; and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A Drug.
His bail was set at $540.
Brewer was arraigned in Leominster District Court on March 15.
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