Late February Marijuana Bust Behind Westford Valley Marketplace

The following came from the Westford Police Department. Information is published as soon as possible. Anyone accused of a crime is innocent unless proven guilty by a court of law.

Feb. 19, 11:43 p.m. – A woman on Depot Street called police to report what she described as obscene texts.

The woman showed the texts to police, which came from a man she dated several years earlier for a brief time.

Officers saw the texts, which asked the woman why she did not want to reinitiate contact with the man.

The officers said the texts did not appear to be threatening and then advised the woman on her harassment prevention rights. She did not want to take immediate action, but was grateful for the advice.

Feb. 20, 2:15 p.m. – An officer was dispatched to Busa Liquors on Littleton Road for a customer who attempted a purchase with a Visa gift card that would not be accepted.

The customer attempted to use the card, but received an error message. He then tried another gift card, but the device shut down completely.

Angry, the customer said he was leaving the store to go to a nearby ATM. Several minutes later, another customer said he saw someone throw five Visa gift cards out the window of a moving vehicle in the parking lot.

At this point, the store’s clerk called the police, believing the cards may be fraudulent.

The officer took the cards as evidence and contacted Visa, who determined several days later that the cards were indeed fraudulent.

No further action was immediately taken.

Feb. 26, 9:33 p.m. – An officer was dispatched to the Residence Inn on Lan Drive after reports of an intoxicated man driving away from the area.

By the time the officer arrived, the vehicle was no longer there. Hotel staff identified the man, who said that he had been drinking and singing. He was encouraged to return to his hotel room, but he told staff he was going to Boston to pick someone up from Logan Airport.

Staff tried to provide transportation so he did not have to drive, but he declined.

The staff member saw the man enter a car, but she was unsure if he was in the driver’s seat or the passenger’s seat.

Feb. 28, 8:08 p.m. – A plain clothes officer was on patrol in an unmarked vehicle at Westford Valley Market Place and observed a suspicious Mini Cooper behind Papa Gino’s.

Two unnamed individuals were inside the vehicle, with one looking right at the officer with a “deer in the headlights look.”

The officer pulled up to the vehicle and both individuals immediately tried to leave the Mini Cooper and walk away.

As this happened, the officer called the individuals to stop, and one asked why he had to.

Dispatch was called and the officer proceeded to the car, noticing an odor of marijuana.

One of the individuals also smelled of marijuana and his eyes were described as bloodshot.

Upon request, one of the individuals produced some marijuana from a jar in his pocket and then attempted to walk away.

However, other officers arrived and the initial officer would not let the individuals leave just yet. The individual who tried to walk away provided identification and then also produced rolling papers after additional verbal resistance.

Inside the vehicle, additional marijuana paraphernalia was found, with some inside hidden compartments.

After the vehicle was searched, the individuals were given a $100 citation for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Their parents later arrived on the scene and gave them a ride home.