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Officer Alex Ovalles of the
Lawrence Police Patrol Davison while on routine patrol conducted a motor
vehicle in the area of Newbury and Essex Street. The operator of
the vehicle immediately opened door and exited the vehicle Officer Ovalles ordered
him to return to the vehicle. As the operator went back in the vehicle he
immediately reached into his center console. Officer Gary Yancey arrived
to assist and it was determined that the vehicle’s registration was
revoked. Officers requested that a tow truck be dispatched to their
location as a result of the vehicle being unrequested. The operator continued
to act in a suspicious manner as he interacted with police.
During a search of the vehicle
Officer Ovalles along with Detective Radames Gonzalez of the Street Narcotics
Unit located narcotics in the center console that he reached into as well as
elsewhere in the vehicle. The operator Jesus Rojas age 25 of
Lawrence was arraigned in Lawrence District Court charged several motor vehicle
charges and trafficking Class A over 200 grams.