Yesterday, at about 4:00p.m., State Troopers from the Sturbridge Barracks stopped a gray Dodge Caravan on Route 84 eastbound near Exit 1 for an expired registration. As a result, the operator, JESUS EDUARDO MERAZ CEBALLOS, 30, and his passenger, ERIKA DUENAS TORRES, 28, both citizens of Juarez, Mexico, were arrested for trafficking cocaine, among other charges.
Upon stopping the vehicle, the trooper asked the operator for his license, which Ceballos said he did not possess. TORRES, the passenger, provided a Mexican driver’s license and was found to have in possession $8,000 in United State currency. A check with the Registry of Motor Vehicles showed CEBALLOS was operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license andhe was subsequently placed under arrest.
TORRES exited the vehicle as troopers performed an inventory search prior to the vehicle being towed. The contents inside the vehicle — including a mattress, cooler, large quantities of trash and food — indicated they had travelled a long distance. Both CEBALLOS and TORRES informed the trooper they were headed to Boston from Mexico.
Upon completion of the search, troopers located approximately 7 kilograms of cocaine tightly wrapped into seven separate packages.
Both subjects were transported to the Sturbridge Barracks for booking where bail was set at $50,000 each. They are scheduled to be arraigned today in Dudley District Court.
CEBALLOS was charged with the following offenses:
1. Trafficking in cocaine;
2. Conspiracy to violate drug law;
3. Unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle;
4. Unregistered motor vehicle; and
5. Uninsured motor vehicle
TORRES was charged with the following offenses:
1. Trafficking in cocaine; and
2. Conspiracy to violate drug law.