Speeding allegedly leads to arrest of man on cocaine and heroin charges

Juan R. Ortiz

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth Police report that on Tuesday at approximately 2:00 PM, Proactive Anti-Crime Unit (PACU) Officer Nick Ambrosini and his partner K9 Gauge observed a black Subaru with Mass plates traveling at 45 MPH in a 30 MPH zone on Long Pond Drive. 

PACU Officer Ambrosini conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the operator as Juan R. Ortiz.

During the stop Officer Ambrosini observed a small knotted clear plastic bag with a white powder in it sitting inside the door handle on the driver’s door believed to be cocaine. 

Fellow Proactive Anti-Crime Unit Officer Sean Geary arrived as back up.

Ortiz admitted to the Officers that the bag contained cocaine and he was placed under arrest.

Drug Detection K9 Gauge was present at the stop and Ortiz advised the Officers that he had some heroin in a bottle on the front seat.

Officer Ambrosini located a Walgreens aspirin bottle and inside the bottle were 10 small clear knotted plastic bags containing a brown powder identified as heroin.

Mid Cape Collision arrived and towed the vehicle.

Yarmouth Police Drug Enforcement Detective Scott Lundegren arrived at the scene and conducted a follow-up investigation which involved the search of Ortiz’s apartment at 1308 Alewife Circle in Swan Pond Village in South Yarmouth

Inside the apartment, Police Officers found a small clear knotted plastic bag with brown powder inside Ortiz’s bedroom. 

$201.00 in cash was seized from his wallet as proceeds derived from the sale of narcotics. 

Ortiz was transported to Yarmouth Police Department Headquarters. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class A substance and possession of a Class B substance. He has since been arraigned in the Barnstable District Court and is now out on bail awaiting trial.

Swan Pond Village Management has been advised of Ortiz’s arrest.
Media release and mugshot furnished by Yarmouth Police

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