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Driver tossed cocaine out of car window

A 40-year-old Randolph man was arrested in Boston over the weekend after he allegedly tossed 1.6 kilograms of cocaine from his car while being chased by police, Boston police said.

Officers saw a car illegally parked at a bus stop on Columbia Road in Dorchester about 8 p.m. Saturday. They attempted to approach the car and issue a parking ticket, but when they turned on their sirens, the car sped away, police said.

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Police followed the vehicle and stopped it near Waumbeck and Warren streets in Roxbury. They placed the driver, Ernesto Soto Jr., in custody and discovered that his driver’s license had been revoked, police said.

Officers searched the car and allegedly found more than $50,000 in cash in a plastic bag in the front seat. A K-9 unit was summoned to check for drugs, police said.

The front window of the car had been rolled down at the time of the stop and the vehicle was cold, so officers suspected that Soto had tossed drugs out a window during the brief pursuit, police said.

After a brief search of the area, officers allegedly found a plastic bag containing a large brown package on Waumbeck Street. Officers also allegedly found a white brick, believed to be pressed cocaine.

Both packages, weighing a total of 1.6 kilograms, tested positive for cocaine, police said.

Soto was arrested and charged with trafficking Class B drugs (200 grams or more), failure to stop for a police officer, use of a motor vehicle without authority, operating after license was suspended or revoked, and driving to endanger. It was his second trafficking arrest, police said.

Soto was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court, but the arraignment was postponed because he was receiving medical treatment, said a spokeswoman for the Suffolk district attorney.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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