|6/30/2010 06:00:50 AM|
|By George P. Hassett|
A Dorchester man suspected of being a major drug trafficker swallowed four bags of heroin as Somerville police officers approached him June 24, police said.
Roberto Moreau-Rivera, 28, of Dorchester, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate a drug law, witness intimidation and possession to distribute a class A drug and Leslie Stephatos, 45, of 93 Temple St., was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate a drug law and warrant charges.
Police began their investigation after a confidential informant told drug investigators that "a middle aged white couple" at 93 Temple St. was selling heroin supplied by a Hispanic man each afternoon.
Investigators observed Moreau-Rivera drive to Stephatos' home at 93 Temple St. on June 24, police said. When police approached, Moreau-Rivera allegedly put his hand to his mouth and ingested the four bags of heroin he was going to sell to Stephatos.
Police seized Moreau-Rivera's cell phone and allegedly received several incoming telephone calls from drug customers. A drug-detection dog alerted investigators to the recent presence of drugs in Moreau-Rivera's car, police said.
Investigators also found an electrically activated hidden compartment known as a "Clavo" and associated with major drug traffickers, police said.