High road: Alert officer makes a drug arrest on Shore Drive

Thursday, May 13, 2010
By Transcript Staff

Winthrop Police Lieutenant Frank Scarpa was on patrol driving along Winthrop Shore Drive a little past 6 p.m. Monday (May 10), when he observed a motorist speeding by him going the opposite direction while smoking what appeared to him to be a drug pipe.

Upon pulling the vehicle over and asking the driver, who at that point appeared to be under the influence of something, to step out of the car, Lt. Scarpa then noticed a homemade crack pipe.

The driver, identified by police as Ralph A. Sordello, 44, of 57 Shore Drive, told Scarpa and other responding officers that “he was on his way home from work and he was driving around smoking crack.”

According to the police report, Sordello also told police that, “he (thought) he smoked it all, but there may be a little left in a baggy in the cup holder of the center console.”

A quick search of the vehicle by Scarpa did turn up a small translucent plastic bag containing a “white rock/powder substance that we believed to be crack cocaine,” and that Sordello “did confirm that it was crack cocaine.”

Sordello was then taken into custody for possession of a Class B substance, subsequent offense, Sordello police reported had a prior conviction for possession of class B, and seized the pipe and plastic baggy as evidence in the case.

“This case is an excellent example of an alert officer witnessing a crime and taking immediate action to protect the public safety,” explained Police Chief Terrence Delehanty. “Lieutenant Scarpa and the officers who responded to back him up and assist with the arrest are to be congratulated for their good police work.”

  • P FARAGO

    ralph sordello was found not guilty on all charges

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    THE WINTHROP POLICE OWE RALPH SORDELLO AN APPOLIGIE

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    RALPH SORDELLO IS A MASTER CARPENTER ONE OF THE BEST AROUNAND HE IS A MASTER ON THE ELECTRIC GUITAR ONE OF THE BEST AROUND AND WAS FOUND IN A COURT OF LAW NOT GUILTY ON ALL CHARGES HE WAS FRAMED BY THE POLICE AND WAS RAILROADEDAND THE NEWS STORY WAS ALL LIES AND NOT TRUE AND THE POLICE OWE HIM A MAJOR APOLIGIE FOR FALSE ARREST

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    THERE SHOULD BE A RETRACTION ON THE ALLEGED CHARGES IN THE WINTHROP TRASCRIP RALPH SORDELLO WAS SET UP AND FRAMED AN RAILROADED BY THE POLCE THE OWE HIM A APOLIGIE FOR HE IS A INNOCENT VICTOM AND DID NOTHING WRONG WHAT SO EVER HE WAS FOUND NOT GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAWAND SHOULD BE PRAISED FOR HIS VIGILANCE AND HIS GOOD NAME SHOULD RISE ABOVE ALL THE LIES AN UNTRUTHS PRINTED AGAINST BEFORE HE COULD PROVE HIS INNOCENCE IN A COURT OF LAW THE NEWS PAPER PRINTED A PACK OF LIES

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    P.S HE LOOKS HANSOME IN THE PICTURE

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    HOW COME THE WINTROP TRANSCRIP RAG SCANDAL SHEET NEVER PRINTED THE NOT GUILTY FINDIND/?

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    if you really  knew ralph sordello you would know his is a super person and never hurt no one in any shape or form and he always contributed to society and is a honest sincere great human being and did not desirve this major injustice perpatrated on him  this is a prime example of injustice and his good name will live on  no matter what the winthrop rag transcript scandal sheet printed it was a a pack of lies why dont they print his not guilty finding and a retraction nice try to ruin his life everyone that knows ralph sordello knows this is all bullshit and not true  he is one of the best persons on the planet and has nothing to be ashamed of and will carry on his good name

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    HOW COME THE WINTHROP TRANSCRIPT NEVER PRINTED THE NOT GUILTY VERDICT OR A FOLLOW UP STORY IN THE NEWS PAPER THE SHOULD PRINT HIS NOT GUILTY VERDICT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWSPAPER

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