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3 men arrested for drug trafficking in Mass

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By Jennifer Petracca


Massachusetts State Police arrested three men believed to have ties to a trafficking network based in Mexico.

Officers seized five kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

Surveillance teams observed two of the suspects leaving a hotel in Route 1 in Peabody carrying a large duffel bag before driving away.

Police stopped their car on Route 1 in Saugus where they found the first four kilograms of heroin in the duffel bag and placed both men under arrest.

The third suspect was located a short time after, driving a separate car, and was also arrested.

After troopers and agents searched the men’s hotel room they found the additional kilogram of heroin and the methamphetamine.

The total estimated value of the drugs is $1 million.

The three men are believed to be part of a large drug trafficking network tied to Mexico that distribute large amounts of heroin and meth to Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.

Police also seized the men’s vehicles, a van registered out of New York state and a car registered out of California.

The suspects, who were charged with trafficking in narcotics and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Drug Act, were scheduled to be arraigned in Lynn District Court yesterday.

They men are listed as:

1. JUAN E. NUNEZ, 37, of New York City;

2. JOSE MORALES, 43, of Haverstraw, New York;

3. ALFREDO D. LOPEZ, 33, of Van Nuys, California.

The investigation and arrests were made by state troopers assigned to the Transportation Drug Force and DEA agents assigned to a Southern N.H. High Intensity Drug Trafficking task force. 

No further information is being released at this time.

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