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Friday, June 02, 2017


A Worcester man and woman were arrested on drug trafficking charges in the area of Lincoln Plaza. 

Ivy Wilson, 67, of Worcester was charged with Possession of Class B Substance with the Intent to Distribute (second or subsequent offense).

Wayne Palms, 49, of Worcester was charged with charged with Distribution of Class B Substance, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Class B Substance, and Trafficking in Class B Substance (100-199 grams).

The Incident 

On Wednesday, May 31, at approximately 11:00 a.m. members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were conducting undercover surveillance in the Lincoln Plaza area. The surveillance was set up due to several complaints received from citizens and businesses with regard to open air drug dealing. During the surveillance, officers believed that they saw a drug transaction between a man and a woman that took place in the woman’s Toyota Camry.

After the two split, officers followed the woman as she drove away from Lincoln Plaza. 

She was stopped away from the plaza and was identified as Wilson. 

Wilson was found to have 14 grams of crack cocaine on her person. She became combative and refused the officers commands when informed that she was being placed under arrest. After a brief resistance she eventually complied.

Based on this discovery, officers now had established probable cause to arrest the man for the distribution of Class B Substance.

During the MV stop, Wilson became medically ill and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Wilson was placed under arrest and booked in absentia. 

The man was still under surveillance. Officers were watching the suspect as he was waiting out in front of the Target store located within the plaza. At some point the suspect was seen attempting to board a WRTA bus.

At this time the decision was made to intercept the man prior to getting on the bus. The man was stopped by the officers. A search of him produced $1,013 in cash, a cell phone, a small bag of suspected crack cocaine and keys. The man was identified as Wayne Palms, 49, of 192 Fairmont Avenue, Worcester.  Palms was very evasive to the officers when asked what the keys belong to and where in particular he lived.

After further investigation, Vice officers were able to determine that the keys belonged to an apartment on Benson Avenue. Vice officers went to the address and located an apartment where Palms is known to frequent, if not actually live there. Officers were allowed to enter the apartment and search the area. The search produced approximately 100 grams of crack cocaine and $2,560 in cash.

Palms was subsequently placed under arrest and The cash and drugs were seized as evidence. The vehicle was towed from the scene.


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