Braintree police arrested three local men outside the South Shore Plaza last Friday after witnessing what they suspected was a drug deal.
Patrolling officers watched one man – Matthew Cleary, 28 of Stoughton – who they saw previously driving around aimlessly in the lot, encounter another man who briefly went up to Cleary and then returned to an SUV with another man, both of whom allegedly were dealing heroin to Cleary, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.
After searching all three men, Cleary was charged with charged with possession of heroin, possession of Suboxone and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act. Officers found a small baggie of heroin, a crushed Suboxone pill and drug paraphernalia on Cleary and in his vehicle, Jenkins said, along with another bag of heroin near Cleary in the parking lot.
The driver and passenger in the SUV that allegedly dealt to Cleary were Wilfredo Mordan, 36, of Boston, Ramon De Los Santos Bernabel, 19, of Roxbury, Jenkins said.
"Mordan initially gave a false name and continued to do so until his identity was later confirmed through fingerprints," Jenkins said. "His Massachusetts driver’s license identified him by the false name."
A search of the SUV turned up 11 grams of heroin hidden in the fuse box, and a total of $1,920 in the vehicle and on both men.
Mordan and Bernabel were both charged with distribution of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy, Jenkins said. Mordan was also charged with giving a false name to police and possession of a fraudulent Registry of Motor Vehicles document.
After his true name was discovered, officers learned that Mordan had two outstanding arrest warrants for numerous traffic violations.