Troop-A Community Action Team Make Heroin Trafficking Arrests in Lawrence

Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 02102018 – Troop-A Community Action Team Make Heroin Trafficking Arrests in Lawrence

Yesterday, the Troop-A Community Action Team was out in force in the City of Lawrence and netted a large quantity of heroin in two arrests.

At about 3:45 p.m., Trooper Brendan Cain of the Troop A Community Action Team stopped a 2011 Ford Edge for motor vehicle violations and defective equipment on Woodland Street in Lawrence.  Trooper Cain determined that the operator, MANUEL MOREL-RODRIGUEZ, 26, of Lawrence, was unlicensed and placed him under arrest.

Further investigation led to the discovery of approximately 130 grams of a substance believed to be heroin/fentanyl and approximately 12 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine secreted inside the vehicle.

RODRIGUEZ was charged with the following offenses:
1.  Trafficking in over 100 grams of a Class A substance
2.  Possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance
3.  Texting while driving
4.  Marked lanes violation
5.  Defective equipment (cracked windshield)

RODRIGUEZ was held on $100,000 cash bail and transported to Middleton HOC pending his arraignment in Lawrence District Court on Monday.

At about 7:30 p.m., Trooper David Lucas, also of the Troop-A Community Action Team, stopped a 2005 Ford Escape on Lawrence Street in Lawrence for a motor vehicle violation and defective vehicle equipment.  Trooper Lucas determined the operator had a forged driver’s license.  Further investigation revealed approximately 500 grams of a substance believed to be heroin secreted in the vehicle.

The operator, CARLOS VALDEZ-SANTIAGO, 46, of Dorchester, was placed under arrest and charged with the following offenses:
1. Trafficking in over 200 grams of a Class A substance
2.  Forging a RMV document
3.  Number plate violation
4.  Texting while driving

VALDEZ-SANTIAGO was held on $100,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Lawrence District Court on Monday.

(Images L to R: MOREL-RODRIGUEZ arrest, VALDEZ-SANTIAGO arrest)

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