Two officers on foot patrol in Thursday caught a man trying to ditch several bags of cocaine and heroin before they noticed.
The officers' rounds were part of the Woonsocket Police Department’s ongoing patrols of the park, according to a release from WPD Public Information Officer Jamie L. Paone. The park is bordered by Social Street and East School Street. At about 6:30 p.m., the officers noticed a man in a vehicle on East School Street and approached him.
The man got out of his vehicle as they came near, and placed a plastic grocery bag in the bushes. When officers checked the bag they discovered several smaller individually wrapped bags of what they suspected was heroin and crack cocaine. In the vehicle, police located drug packing materials.
The man, identified as Ezequiel Santiago, 25, of 301 Ward St. Woonsocket, was arrested and charged with Possession of Crack Cocaine With Intent to Deliver and Possession of Heroin With Intent To Deliver. Santiago was transported to Woonsocket Police Headquarters on Clinton Street for processing, then brought to District Court this morning.