Worcester Man Arraigned on Heroin and Gun Charges

December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-368-7236

Or 508-688-5565

WORCESTER – A Worcester man, who detectives believe was running a dispatch-style heroin distribution network, was held on $50,000 bail today in Worcester Central District Court, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

Raini Estrella, 21, of 32 Beaconsfield Road was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute; three counts of distribution of a Class A substance (heroin); possession of a firearm without a FID card; possession of ammunition without a FID card; and improper storage of a firearm.

At his arraignment on those charge he pleaded not guilty. Judge David B. Locke set bail at $50,000. His case was continued to Tuesday when he faces a dangerousness hearing on a separate heroin trafficking case.

“While we work hard with the community to combat the opioid addiction epidemic, it remains important to arrest and prosecute drug dealers,” Mr. Early said. “This arrest makes our streets safer.”

As part of the investigation, State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office obtained search warrants for Estrella’s home; his business, Fly Diamond Boutique at 329 Grafton St.; Apt. 2 at 24 Windham St.; and for his vehicles. During the searches, detectives seized 24 knotted corner baggies containing a substance consistent with the appearance of heroin, a semi-automatic handgun, ammunition and $3,745 in cash.

The State Police Detectives were assisted in the investigation by the Worcester Police Vice Unit, State Police Gang Unit, State Police K-9 Unit and the State Police Community Action Team.