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Dorchester Man Arrested for Drug Dealing at Braintree’s South Shore Plaza

Joseph F. Cruz, 28, of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was arrested on May 3rd for allegedly selling Oxycodone pills at the South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

Braintree Police Detectives allege that they had received complaints that Cruz was selling drugs out of his apartment. After an undercover surveillance operation was established, Braintree Police observed Cruz exit his apartment and drive to the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. At the mall, another man entered Cruz’ vehicle where a drug transaction is alleged to have taken place.

When Braintree Police tried to approach the two men, Cruz drove away and the two men ultimately fled into Nordstrom’s Department Store where Cruz was apprehended by mall security. The other man, however, was not caught.

A subsequent Search Warrant executed at Cruz’ apartment led to the discovery of marijuana, digital scales and packaging consistent with drug distribution. Additionally, a bulletproof vest was found along the route where Cruz is alleged to have fled when Braintree Police initially approached him; and an Oxycodone pill and other evidence of drug distribution was found in his car.

Joseph F. Cruz is to be charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Conspiracy to Violate Drug Laws, Failure to Stop for Police, and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

The other man who fled apparently had dropped a prescription pill vial with his name on it, and is currently being sought for Receiving Stolen Motor Vehicle and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending persons accused of Possession with Intent to Distribute, Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws and other Drug Crimes.

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Click here to read more about this Braintree Drug Case, as reported by Robert Aicardi, GateHouse News Service.