Providence man arrested on trafficking, child endangerment charges

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AUBURN, Mass. (WLNE) – A Providence man was arrested Thursday after Massachusetts State Troopers found more than half a kilogram of narcotics in his vehicle.

Massachusetts State Police stopped a vehicle on Route 90 Eastbound in Auburn after observing the vehicle traveling approximately 30 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Upon stopping the vehicle, the trooper determined the operator, identified as Nelson Gonzalez, 51, of Providence, did not possess a valid driver’s license.

While taking inventory of the vehicle prior to towing, State Police located approximately 544 grams of what is believed to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, as well as 35 grams of what is believed to be a mixture of fentanyl and lactose.

Gonzalez was arrested and faces the following charges:

  • Trafficking in Fentanyl
  • Trafficking in Heroin
  • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class A substance
  • Conspiracy to Violate Drug Law
  • Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Speeding

In addition, Gonzalez was charged with Child Endangerment, as Police said a child was in the vehicle at the time of the stop.

He was bailed on $50,000 pending arraignment in Worcester District Court.

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