Accessory charge dismissed against Wareham woman

REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) — A Wareham woman is no longer facing an accessory charge.

Latesha Santos was pulled over and arrested on a charge of accessory after the fact of a crime in December of 2014, but the charge has since been dropped.

The charge was connected to the arrest of Gilberto Oliveria-Mendes, according to police.

Oliveria-Mendes was taken into custody following a crash in Rehoboth. Police said he took a large suitcase containing drugs out of his car and ran from the scene of the crash into the woods.

Rehoboth police said they later found the abandoned suitcase, which contained approximately two kilograms of heroin, 500 grams of cocaine, 300 oxycodone pills, and three pounds of marijuana. The drugs had an estimated value of $250,000.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office, a motion to suppress the search of Santos’ car was granted earlier this year. The District Attorney did not bring this case to a grand jury following the motion to suppress, so the case was dismissed.

Eyewitness News spoke with Santos’ attorney, Richard Nunes, who corroborated the information from the district attorney, added they didn’t have enough evidence to go forward with the case.