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Suspected Drug Deal Leads to Heroin Arrest

Roxbury man charged by Brookline Police.

Police alert. Credit: Patch
Police alert. Credit: Patch

A man is facing a drug possession charge after an alleged drug deal was seen by a Brookline Police detective outside the Paradise night club on Commonwealth Avenue.

Tyler Whidden, 21, of Roxbury, was arrested at 11:09 p.m. on Feb. 24, on a possession of a Class A substance (heroin).

According to an arrest report, a detective in an unmarked vehicle was on Pleasant Street traveling toward Commonwealth Avenue when he saw “a party known to me” who had allegedly been “involved in both the sale and use of heroin.”

The detective reported that the man was walking towards a store and entered that store. A “short time later,” the man walked out of the store and entered a Chevrolet sedan parked outside the Paradise.

The Chevrolet sat in the parking spot for about two minutes and then pulled out onto Comm Ave, later making a U-Turn onto Babcock back onto Comm Ave. The car took a right and a left onto Thatcher and stopped and let the man out. The detective called for backup and checked the registration of the vehicle which stated that the registered owner had an expired license. 

The detective initiated a stop on Armory Street, along with other officers.

The driver, Whidden, was allegedly “extremely nervous as he attempted to retrieve his license,” pulling out a number of other cards from the wallet in “a frantic manner” while allegedly skipping over the license twice.

“Whidden’s hands were visibly shaking,” the detective alleged.

The detective questioned Whidden about what he was doing in the area and he reportedly stated he was giving a friend a ride home from the Paradise because he was drunk. The detective stated that it was a lie but Whidden allegedly continued to claim that was what he was doing. 

The detective noted that the Paradise was closed that night and Whidden was removed from his vehicle due to his alleged “nervous behavior” and “lies.”

A bag of heroin was allegedly found in the car and he was arrested and charged. 

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