Traffic Stop Leads to Recovery of 300 Grams of Crack Cocaine and Firearm
On Sunday, October 18, 2020, Officer Rolfsen was working in the West Quincy section of the city along with his canine partner Archer. At approximately 12:05pm, Officer Rolfsen randomly queried a black Volkswagon Jetta, which listed as revoked for insurance purposes. At this time, Officer Rolfsen activated his emergency blue lights and sirens and conducted a motor vehicle stop in the area of 277 Copeland St. Officer Kelley arrived to assist.
During his conversation with the operator, now identified as 36-year-old Rashar Williams of Boston, Officers Rolfsen could observe, in plain view, a large heat sealed bag on the rear passenger floor mat. This bag contained a green leafy substance, which he immediately recognized as marijuana, weighing approximately 1lb. Officer Rolfsen asked Mr. Williams to exit the vehicle as he learned that Mr. Williams was unlicensed and the vehicle status was revoked. He placed Mr. Williams under arrest for those charges and provided him with his Miranda Rights. Officer Rolfsen then requested a tow for the vehicle and conducted an inventory of the vehicle per department policy.
While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, Officer Rolfsen located a gray/black duffel bag behind the driver's seat. While opening the bag, he observed a silver revolver firearm, a black "Glock" gun case, a gun box, and a Nike Air Force 1 shoe box. At that time, he stopped his inventory and asked QPD communications to check Mr. William's license to carry (LTC) status. QPD communications informed him that Mr. Williams does not possess a valid LTC. While wearing latex gloves, Office Rolfsen removed the firearm and deemed it safe. The firearm was a Smith and Wesson .357 Magnum containing no rounds of ammunition. He then observed several pieces of an off-white rock-like substance within the shoe box, believed to be crack cocaine. Inside of the Glock gun case was a speed loader, (2) six round 9mm magazines, (1) twelve round 9mm magazine, and (1) box of 9mm ammunition containing eight rounds. All of the magazines were loaded with 9mm ammunition. A total of twenty-one rounds (21) were located inside the Glock gun case.
As this investigation developed, the vehicle was towed back to the Quincy Police Department to be further searched as the area where the vehicle was stopped was very congested and was a safety concern for all officer's involved. No further contraband or weapons were found inside the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to a local facility for safe keeping. The registration plates were confiscated.
While at the station, a Drug Control Detective field tested the off-white rock-like substance. It substance tested positive for the presumptive presence of cocaine base (crack cocaine). The substance weighed approximately 324 grams.
Mr. Williams was transported to the Quincy Police Station where he was booked on the following charges: Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Trafficking over 200 grams of Cocaine (Class B), Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D, Possession of a Firearm without an FID Card, Firearm use in a Felony (trafficking cocaine), Illegal Possession of Ammunition, Improperly Secured Firearm, and Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
The owner of the vehicle was issued a citation via mail and summonsed for the following: Revoked Registration, Uninsured Motor Vehicle, and Allowing Unlicensed Operation of a MV.