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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Five Arrested: Drugs Guns and Money Seized

Officers Charelis Rivera, Richard Brooks, Keith Salach, and Alexander Ovalles responded to an Exchange Street address for two 911-hang ups and a subsequent call from a male reporting that there was an emergency at the address.   As Officers were conducting a well-being check of all the residents of the building they encountered several individuals in a third floor apartment.  Unable to determine the nature of the emergency, the officers continued a room by room search of the apartment to ensure no one at the address was in danger.  During the search officers observed drug paraphilia and other equipment consistent with a drug distribution operation.  Sgt. Arial Montas arrived on scene and ordered officers to secure the scene.  Detective David Moynihan of the Street Narcotics Unit was contacted and subsequently obtained a search warrant for the apartment.

Detective Moynihan along with Sgt. Joe Beaulieu and Detectives Shaun McLellan and Carmen Purpora executed the search warrant at the address.  Two firearms, 571 grams of Heroin, 175 grams of cocaine, $ 4525.00 in cash, kilo press, finger press, scales and a grinder, were seized as a result of the search warrant.

The following five individuals were arrested and charged accordingly:

Kaila Barias age 32 of Lawrence was charged with drug distribution and firearms related charges

Jose Villalona age 34 of Lawrence was charged with drug distribution and firearms related charges

Ruderquis Vizcaino-Gonzalez age 22 of Lawrence Drug Distribution

Santo Franciso Percel Baez age 36 of Lawrence Drug Distribution

Devi Lara-Arias age 29 Lawrence   Drug Distribution, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct

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