Two men arrested with more than half a kilo of uncut cocaine

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SPENCER — Law enforcement from around Central Massachusetts converged on a Bixby Road apartment early Friday morning, arresting two men on multiple drug-related charges.

According to a statement issued by the Spencer Police Department, a search warrant was executed shortly after 6 a.m., uncovering drugs and items used to distribute the narcotics.

Kamiel M. Rivera, 23, and Joel H. Sierras, 34, were arrested after police searched the apartment they were occupying at 19 Bixby Road. The search warrant was executed by the Spencer Police Department with assistance from police departments in Auburn, Charlton, Leicester, and Southbridge, as well as the CEMLEC SWAT Team.

According to the statement, released just a few hours after the arrests, more than one half of a kilogram of uncut cocaine was seized, along with heroin, scales, plastic bags, and an unspecified amount of cash. Additionally, two vehicles were seized pending civil forfeiture, police reported.

Police said Rivera and Sierras were booked and transported to East Brookfield District Court to face charges of trafficking in cocaine, distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin, and conspiracy.

As law enforcement executed the search warrant, there were two minors present, according to police. Both children were temporarily placed with friend and family as officials notified the Department of Children and Families.

In a subsequent announcement by the Spencer Police Department after the suspects were arraigned on Friday, Rivera was held on $7,500 cash bail while Sierra was held on $10,000 cash bail.

This story was last updated at 3:32 p.m. on August 16, 2019.

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