A 33-year-old Braintree man suspected of being a drug dealer was arrested and is now facing a lengthy state prison sentence if convicted.
Detectives watching Vital M. DaSilva on Friday afternoon had followed him from his home at 44 Woodside Ave. to Randolph when they allegedly saw him make a drug deal.
Officers with a search warrant stopped DaSilva’s car; they reported finding cocaine in it.
After Randolph police arrested DaSilva, he allegedly told detectives that there were more drugs at his home.
When officers searched the home, they found 135 grams of cocaine in several bags, LSD, Ecstasy, drug packaging and cash believed to be drug-sale proceeds, police said.
Police also allegedly found a .40-caliber Glock handgun in a tool case in the garage, a box of ammunition, a bulletproof vest under a bed and a pellet gun.
“This is a significant cocaine seizure, and it would indicate that Mr. DaSilva is no small-time drug dealer,” Deputy Police Chief Russell Jenkins said.
In addition to the Randolph drug charges, Braintree police will seek complaints charging DaSilva with trafficking in cocaine of more than 100 grams, possession of Ecstasy, possession of LSD, possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition, and possession of a large-capacity handgun magazine.
Jenkins said the mandatory minimum sentence for trafficking more that 100 grams of cocaine is 10 years in prison.
Randolph and Canton police were also involved in the investigation.
By Dennis Tatz
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Oct 05, 2009 @ 01:49 AM