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Roslindale man arraigned on charges he hid more than 10 kilograms of cocaine in minivan

A Roslindale man was arraigned in Roxbury District Court this week after police said they found more than 10 kilograms of cocaine stuffed into a hidden compartment of the van he was driving.

Elvyn Rafael Garcia, 31, was ordered held on $30,000 bail for charges of trafficking in more than 200 grams of cocaine, violating the state’s drug laws in a school zone, and numerous civil motor vehicle infractions, the Suffolk District Attorney’s office said. Judge David Weingarten also ordered Garcia to surrender his US passport if he has one.

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On Monday morning, a Boston police officer saw Garcia driving a green Nissan Quest minivan, which had a broken brake light, on Seaver Street, prosecutors said. After Garcia allegedly drove through a stop sign at School Street, the officer pulled him over.

Garcia “appeared nervous and shaky as he acknowledged the faulty brake light and the fact that he wasn’t the registered owner of the car,” authorities said. Garcia “became more visibly anxious” when the officer asked if there was anything in the minivan.

An investigation involving a K9 unit uncovered a hidden compartment on the underbelly of the van. Inside the compartment, prosecutors said, officers found 10 “blocks” of cocaine, weighing over one kilogram each.

Garcia is due back in court on May 31.

Colin A. Young can be reached at
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