Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Cops Found Hernandez’s Trap House And, Believe It Or Not, It’s Littered With Evidence

VIA: One of ex-Patriot star Aaron Hernandez’s buddies has flipped and is providing key information to authorities about the now-imprisoned tight end’s secret flophouse — where cops cited cocaine in a search warrant affidavit, according to court papers.

Massachusetts State Trooper Michael Bates requested a warrant to search anyone at Hernandez’s apartment, stating “the nature of the sale of Cocaine is such that the participants are constantly changing, Cocaine is commonly packaged in small plastic bags which are easily and likely concealed on one’s person(s).”

The affidavit was filed in support of a search warrant at Wrentham District Court after Hernandez associate Carlos Ortiz told authorities he had left a cell phone in Hernandez’s Franklin condo. Ortiz, a career criminal, was arrested in Connecticut last week in connection with Hernandez’s alleged June 17 execution of Odin Lloyd, a 27-year-old Dorchester amateur football player.

In the apartment, authorities found a white hooded sweatshirt “consistent in color and type with the sweatshirt that Hernandez is observed to be wearing on surveillance cameras the night of the homicide,” according to the search warrant return. They also found a cranberry-colored baseball hat with the word ‘society’ written in light blue in the front, which the return said, was “observed on the head of Hernandez on Channel 7-Boston news. It was reported as a picture that was taken outside a club in Boston on Friday night.”

“The white sweatshirt could be used to assist in linking Hernandez to the scene of the crime,” Bates wrote. “The baseball hat could help provide the whereabouts of Hernandez on the Friday night before the homicide. This night in particular is a critical aspect in the timeline of events leading up to the homicide.”
Asked about the reference to cocaine in the search warrant affidavit, authorities declined to comment.

“We cannot comment on this ongoing investigation at this time,” said Bristol District Attorney’s Office spokesman Gregg Miliote, in a statement. “More information will likely come out during future arraignments hearings.”

State police spokesman Dave Procopio also declined to comment, noting “the location is part of the ongoing investigation into the homicide of Odin Lloyd.”
Ortiz told police he had inadvertently left his cell phone in the $1,200 a month, two–bedroom apartment.

“During the course of the investigation, subject Carlos Ortiz was questioned on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Bristol, Connecticut,” Bates wrote. “Ortiz did confirm that he was with Aaron Hernandez on the night in question. Ortiz then went on to explain that Hernandez has another address that not many people know about. Ortiz referred to this location as an apartment style location, commonly referred to as a ‘flop house.’ ”

On June 26, the day Hernandez was arrested, police searched the apartment for the phone, then found ammunition and sought additional search warrants, according to court papers. There is no reference to any drugs found in the court papers.

In the apartment, authorities also found 11 boxes of ammunition, a bag from Kay Jewelers, paychecks from the New England Patriots and Puma, and a valet’s receipt from the W Hotel in Boston. They also report finding a Hertz rental car agreement, a Western Union receipt, and two sets of keys to a brand-new black Hummer that prosecutors say was registered to Hernandez.

Hernandez’s barber also has flipped on him, according to court papers. Roberto Olivares “was driven from the Grand Jury in Fall River” to the apartment “in order to identify the apartment described to investigators, according to Bates’ affidavit.

The day before his arrest, the affidavit states, Hernandez sent a message to Olivares — who is not suspected of any criminal activity — asking about an appointment for a haircut.

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