August 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565
WORCESTER — Two city men were ordered held on $75,000 bail at their arraignment today on cocaine trafficking charges in Worcester Central District Court, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Carmello Andujar, 40, of 67 May St., 1st floor, Worcester, and Ernest R. Daigle, 62, of 8 Auburn St., Apt. 1, Worcester, are both charged with trafficking in a class B controlled substance (cocaine) over 200 grams; and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance laws. Not guilty pleas were entered on their behalf.
Judge Maura McCarthy set the bail and continued the cases to Sept. 11 for a probable cause hearing.
A mutli-agency investigation led to the seizure of more than two kilograms of cocaine and the arrest of Mr. Andujar and Mr. Daigle. The investigation began on Aug. 4 with a discovery in San Juan, Puerto Rico of a suspicious package addressed to Mr. Daigle in Worcester.
After United Parcel Service contacted Homeland Security Investigations about the package, it was determined the package contained more than two kilograms of cocaine. With the involvement of several law enforcement agencies, a controlled delivery was planned and executed. Mr. Andujar was arrested at about 11:30 a.m. Friday after picking up the package at Mr. Daigle’s home. Mr. Daigle was arrested a short time later in Shrewsbury.
The State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit and the Worcester Police Vice Squad worked on the investigation.-30-