LEOMINSTER –On Thursday, March 9, 2023, the Leominster District Court granted search warrants for police to search the apartment and car of Alexis Batista Acosta for cocaine and items related to the distribution of cocaine.
The search warrants were issued to police after Batista Acosta, 36, an employee of Door Dash, sold cocaine to a confidential source on three separate occasions from his 153 Fourth Street apartment.
On Wednesday, March 15, at about 4:10 p.m., members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Federal Task Force, the North Worcester County Drug Task Force and the Massachusetts State Police executed the search warrants.
Police seized the following during their search:
- 43.82 grams (gross weight) of cocaine from Batista Acosta’s bedroom closet
- 14.83 grams (gross weight) of cocaine in a can that was hidden in the driver’s side door storage pocket of Batista Acosta’s vehicle (a white 2016 Honda CRV registered in Massachusetts)
- 1 box of sandwich bags in Batista Acosta’s bedroom.
- According to the Supplemental Narrative written by Sergeant Matthew Fallon of the Leominster Police Department for the incident: “Individuals involved in the distribution of drugs utilize plastic baggies as a means of packaging the drugs. Furthermore, it has been my experience that boxes of baggies are rarely kept in non-traditional locations in the residence such as bedrooms, living areas and bathrooms.
Also seized from the property was $1,874 cash, $729 was found in Batista Acosta’s left pants pocket and $1,145 was seized from Batista Acosta’s bedroom.
Following the search and seizure, Batista Acosta was placed under arrest and charged with Trafficking of a Class B Drug (Cocaine) 36 Grams or More and Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Drug (Cocaine), Subsequent Offense (Batista Acosta’s Board of Probation (BOP) record indicates that he was found guilty for the latter crime once before).
According to Sgt. Fallon’s Supplemental Narrative, the social security numbers listed for Batista Acosta at the Massachusetts RMV and on his Massachusetts Criminal History (BOP) are different.
Batista Acosta’s bail was set at $25,040.
He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on March 16.
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