Three Arrested after Long Drug Investigation

March 21, 2020

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565

508-368-7236

WORCESTER — A months-long, multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in the Worcester area led to three arrests last night and the confiscation of a significant amount of drugs, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

The Massachusetts State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office, The Worcester Police Vice Squad and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s Tactical Diversion Squad worked together on the investigation. The state Attorney General’s Office funded the investigation with a COPS Grant.

Search warrants led to the seizure of approximately 950 grams of bagged fentanyl and approximately 120 grams of bagged cocaine. An undetermined amount of cash also was seized.

Amin Ventura Polanco Mena, 36, of 15 Catharine St., Worcester and Yoerlyn F. Merejo-Mercado, 31, of 106 Sterling St., Worcester were both charged with trafficking in 200 grams or more of heroin/morphine/opium/fentanyl; trafficking in 36 grams or more but less than 100 grams of cocaine; conspiracy to violate drug laws; and trafficking in more than 10 grams of fentanyl.

Lester Deleon, 25, of Lawrence was charged with trafficking in more than 10 grams of fentanyl.

All three suspects are in custody and will be arraigned Monday before a Worcester Central District Court judge via video conference.

Tim Connolly

Communications Director

Worcester County District Attorney’s Office

508-368-7236 (office)

508-688-5565 (cell)

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