Cocaine, fentanyl, firearms seized by police in Tewksbury
TEWKSBURY — A search warrant served by police on Ames Hill Drive on Friday reportedly uncovered a large amount of cocaine and fentanyl, along with handguns, high-capacity magazines and paraphernalia used in the packaging and cutting of narcotics.
Richard Pena, 20, Erady Santos, 18, Christopher Villar-Peralta, 21, each of Lawrence, face numerous charges, including trafficking cocaine and fentanyl, following the execution of the warrant of search at 437 Ames Hill Drive, according to a Tewksbury Police Department. Press release.
“These individuals scared their neighbors and ran a drug distribution organization as if it was their kingdom,” Police Chief Ryan Columbus said in the statement. “They made a mistake thinking they could get away with it at Tewksbury.”
At approximately 4:30 p.m. Friday, Tewksbury Police Detectives, with assistance from the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team, executed the search warrant. Police say the search warrant was obtained from Lowell District Court following a months-long investigation into the distribution of narcotics at apartments on Ames Hill Drive, conducted in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration. and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.
Police said during a search at the address, detectives found approximately 923 grams of cocaine, 96 grams of fentanyl, three handguns, five high-capacity magazines, ammunition, packaging and paraphernalia. cut, as well as approximately $5,000 in cash.
Pena, Santos and Villar-Peralta were arrested at the scene and charged with trafficking in cocaine over 200 grams, trafficking in a class A substance over 36 grams (fentanyl), two counts of possession of a large capacity firearm without a firearm identification card, possession of a firearm without an FID card, two counts of possession of ammunition without an FID card, five counts of possession of a device high capacity power supply, two counts of improper storage of a high capacity firearm, and improper storage of a firearm. Pena was also charged with possession of a class B substance (cocaine).
Police said Villar-Peralta was also arrested on a warrant from Suffolk Superior Court for trafficking fentanyl and on a warrant from Roxbury District Court for trafficking fentanyl and trafficking cocaine.
“These arrests underscore the importance of effective collaboration across all levels of law enforcement and keeping our towns and cities safe,” Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian said in the statement. “The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office will continue to support Tewksbury PD and all our partners in the identification and apprehension of those who distribute drugs, while ensuring that residents of our communities in need of treatment can receive it.”
Pena, Santos and Villar-Peralta are each due to face trial in Lowell District Court on Monday.
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