At about 1:20 AM on Sunday February 28, 2021, officers assigned to District D-4 (South End) arrested Robert Sparks, 30, of South Boston, on drug related charges following a traffic stop in the area of Northampton Street and Parmalee Street in Roxbury. The officers had stopped a motor vehicle for an equipment violation when they learned that the operator did not possess a valid driver’s license. While removing the operator and the passenger, later identified as Sparks, the officers observed a folding knife along with evidence consistent with the street level packaging and selling of illegal drugs inside the vehicle. Officers then conducted a pat frisk of both parties which led to the recovery of a second knife from the pants pocket of Sparks as well as 29 plastic bags containing approximately 49 grams of crack cocaine and $596.00 in U.S. Currency in various denominations.

The suspect was placed in custody on scene without incident and will appear in Boston Municipal Court on charges of Trafficking Class B Drugs and Carrying a Dangerous Weapon. The operator will be summonsed to appear on charges of Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle.