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Two Men Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges in Worcester

June 15, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236

WORCESTER – A handgun with ammunition, almost $90,000 and about six pounds of drugs were seized and two Worcester men were arrested late last night following a multi-agency investigation, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Samuel Lopez, 28, of 201 Ingleside Ave., Apt 2, was charged with possession of a class D substance (marijuana) with intent to distribute; conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act; unlawful possession of a firearm; and unlawful possession of ammunition. Joshua Rivera, 22, of 75 Mill St, Apt 1, was charged with possession of a class B controlled substance (Klonopin) with intent to distribute; and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned today in Worcester Central District Court.

On Tuesday, shortly before midnight, State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, along with members of several other law enforcement agencies, executed search warrants at five locations in the city. Search warrants were also executed on two vehicles. The search warrants were sought after a joint investigation,

All evidence, including a Taurus 9 mm handgun with a magazine and ammunition, several pounds of marijuana, a quantity of Klonopin and Suboxone strips, and approximately $88,050 were seized. Also seized were a 2016 Toyota Tundra, and a 2014 Mercedes Benz.

“This is a great example of multiple-county and multiple-agency teamwork to get drugs off the street,” Mr. Early said. “It is especially important with the crisis we are facing.”

The joint investigation included State Police Gang Unit; State Police – C Troop Community Action Team; State Police K-9 Unit; Worcester Police Vice Unit; Worcester Police Gang Unit; Worcester Police Operations; State Police Detectives assigned to the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office; and the South Shore Narcotics Task Force.