Watertown Police arrested two men suspected of having drugs they intended to sell after they allegedly ran a red light in Watertown Square.
On May 29 at 9:45 p.m., an officer spotted a driver run a red light at Mt. Auburn and Summer streets, and when the officer spoke to the driver and the passenger, a strong odor of marijuana was coming from the car, said Watertown Police Lt. James O’Connor.
When the officer asked the driver about the smell, the driver produced a glass mason jar containing marijuana, O’Connor said. The officer also observed that the passenger was extremely nervous and was holding a backpack on his lap.
“He observed a white powdery substance spread around the whole center console area of the vehicle, which he believed to be cocaine,” O’Connor said.
The officers also discovered the vehicle they were driving, an Enterprise rental, had not been rented by either man. The two could only come up with the first name of a woman they said had rented it, O’Connor said.
Watertown Police searched the vehicle and the backpack and found what they believed to be cocaine residue, three cellphones, a large amount of cash and a clear plastic bags with what appeared to be cocaine inside. Also found were a pair of scissors, a small package of razor blades, and empty plastic baggies.
“Through his training, the officer believed the items were used for the packaging and sale of illegal drugs,” O’Connor said.
When they searched the passenger, identified as Dimitri Guerrier of Arlington, they discovered a clear plastic bag with what appeared to be cocaine inside, O’Connor said.
Guerrier, 30, of Arlington, was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug – cocaine, and received a civil citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
The driver, Kenneth A. Cooper, 30, of Weston, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug – cocaine and failing to stop at a red light. He also received a civil citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, O’Connor said.