A brother and sister from New Bedford and an Abington woman face 10 years in state prison for allegedly trafficking a significant amount of cocaine in the parking lot of the South Shore Plaza.
Braintree police made the bust on Friday evening, June 6 after observing one of the three – Omi Montanez, 35 of New Bedford – "acting suspicously" while driving his Nissan Maxima around the parking lot from place to place after officers watched via a surveillance camera Montanez take a black zippered bag out of his trunk, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.
After an Infiniti G35 pulled up near Montanez's vehicle and he briefly got out and into that car, police pulled over both vehicles and found 125 grams of cocaine in a black zippered bag in the Infiniti. Montanez tried to escape on foot, Jenkins said, but was apprehended.
The females in the Infiniti were Leslie N. Montanez, 31 of New Bedford, identified as Omni Montanez's sister, and Naomi L. Quansah, 38 of Abington. All three were arrested and charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act, Jenkins said.
Trafficking in that amount of cocaine carries a penalty of a mandatory 10 years in state prison, Jenkins noted.
Omi Montanez was also charged with resisting arrest and a drug free school zone violation. Police discovered another 3.5 grams of cocaine on Leslie Montanez after a search at the police station.
Leslie Montanez and Quansah were bailed, Jenkins said, and Omi Montanez was held without bail pending his arraignment in Quincy District Count on Monday.