Colon charged after search warrant nets heroin, cocaine, more

SOUTHBRIDGE — Law enforcement officials cracked down on an alleged drug dealer on Monday afternoon, arresting a Southbridge man in an apartment near the local library.

Abnel Colon, aged 39, was arrested in his apartment shortly after 12:30 p.m. after detectives and officers from the Southbridge Police executed a search warrant along with agents of the Southern Worcester County Counter Crime and Drug Task Force. The search warrant was the result of a lengthy ongoing investigation by detectives into the sale and distribution of narcotics in Southbridge, police said in a statement.

As a result of the search warrant, approximately 55 packets of suspected heroin packaged for distribution, approximately 30 grams of suspected crack cocaine packaged in 86 individual bags for distribution, more than $7,000 in U.S. currency, digital scales and other packaging materials commonly used for the distribution of narcotics were recovered. Police believe the cash came from the proceeds of ongoing trafficking and sale of narcotics.

Mr. Colon was arrested on scene at his first floor apartment at 23 Wardwell Court and charged with possession with intent to Distribute Class A Heroin, possession with intent to distribute Class B Suboxone (subsequent offense), trafficking in Class B Crack Cocaine (18-36 Grams), two counts of possession with intent to distribute a class E drug (unknown tablets recovered on scene to be tested by drug lab). He was held by police, pending his release on bail and/or his arraignment in Dudley District Court on Tuesday.

According to its manufacturer, Suboxone is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who are addicted to opioids and should be used as part of a complete treatment plan to include counseling and psychosocial support. There is a high risk for addiction and dependence of Suboxone, and in certain situations its users are at risk for developing seizures and respiratory failure.

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