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Philadelphia Man Found Guilty of Dealing Heroin, Cocaine in Braintree

A roundup of Braintree cases going through Quincy District Court. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction unless otherwise stated.

Philadephia man found guilty of dealing heroin, cocaine

Carlos Vergara, 32, of 4647 Benston St., Philadelphia, Penn., was found guilty in Quincy District Courtof distributing a Class A drug as a subsequent offense, distributing a Class B drug as a subsequent offense, conspiracy to violate drug law, and giving a fase name to police. Vergara was sentenced to 18 months in the Norfolk County Houseof Correction in Dedham and was given 12 months in jail on the conspiracy charge. A charge of a drug law violation near a school or park was dismissed.

The charges stem from a Feb. 26, 2010 incident in Braintree involving an investigatin by the South Shore Drug Task Force using an officer to arrange controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine. Police said the officer paid $240 in cash and traded a "stolen" DVD player and television  for four bags of heroin and four bags of cocaine. Police said Vergara spat the drugs out of his mouth where they were being concealed, according to the police report.

Court throws out charge of receiving stolen vehicle

Rolando R. Rivera, 59, of 59 Shaw St., Apt. A, Braintree, had a charge of receiving a stolen motor vehicle dismissed in Quincy District Court. The charge stems from a March 4 incident in Weymouth after a random query of motor vehicle registrations on Route 53.

Whitman man charged with larceny to face jury in October

Daniel J. Austrino, 33, of 7 Marble St., Apt. 310, Whitman had charges of larceny from a building, forgery of a check, and uttering a false check continued to Oct. 16 for a jury trial in Quincy District Court.

The charges stem from a July 20, 2011 incident in Braintree. Austrino is accused of cashing two bank checks belonging to the victim for a total of $3,000.

Austrino faces unrelated charges of assault and battery, larceny over $250 and malicious destruction of property under $250. The case was continued to Oct. 16 for a jury trial in Quincy District Court. The charges stem from a June 19, 2011 incident in Braintree. Austrino is accused in that incident of grabbing his girlfriend around the neck during an argument and throwing her onto a bed, then he proceed to punch holes in the wall with his fist.

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