WORCESTER — State and city police Monday seized a gun and drugs from occupants of a car that circled a funeral home during the wake of a city man slain earlier this month.
According to a news release, state police and members of the Worcester gang unit were conducting surveillance of a wake at Graham Putnam & Mahoney Funeral Home around 6 p.m. Monday.
The wake happening at the time was for Lennyn J. Valerio, a 22-year-old Acton Street man whose body was found on Reservoir Street in Holden June 2. Authorities have not announced any charges.
In their news release, Worcester police said “several local known gang members” were seen entering and exiting the funeral home Monday. Police said a gray Acura SUV circling the home “gained their attention,” and that they pulled the vehicle over near May Street after noticing a non-working brake light.
Police said when they pulled over the Acura, a man in the back, 23-year-old Angel Perez of Worcester, “was seen reaching down towards the floor and fumbling with his waistband.” Police said they removed him from the rear seat to search him from weapons, at which time he struggled until being told he would be subdued with a stun gun.
Police said that upon searching Mr. Perez they found a loaded Raven MP25 .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun, $2,088 in cash and a bag of crack cocaine.
Police said they then searched the vehicle and found three bags containing about 14 ounces of marijuana as well as nine 30 mg oxycodone pills.
Arrested were Mr. Perez, of 190 Millbury St.; Carlos Rodriguez, 18, of 24 Fruit St.; Worcester and Raul Ramos, 24, of 83 Dillon St., Leominster.
All three men were charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute.
Mr. Perez was additionally charged with use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest, carrying a firearm without a license, carrying a loaded firearm and possession of ammunition without an FID card. Mr. Rodriguez was additionally charged with driving without a license and an equipment violation.
Peter Stefan, funeral director at Graham Putnam & Mahoney, said Tuesday that there were no problems at Mr. Valerio’s wake.
Mr. Valerio had a history of criminal charges and was labeled a gang member by police in court records. His obituary says he is survived by his parents and five siblings along with many other relatives and friends.
“He always made people laugh with his jokes,” family wrote, saying he enjoyed football, baseball, basketball and video games. “He was very smart and always had the most infectious smile on his face.”
Mr. Valerio was buried Tuesday at All Faiths Cemetery.