State Police traffic stop uncovers drug traffickers from Mexico

STURBRIDGE — An expired registration led to a traffic stop that uncovered more than 200 grams of cocaine on Thursday afternoon.

Two individuals from Juarez, Mexico — just outside of El Paso, Texas — were arrested on drug trafficking charges after being stopped around 4 p.m. on Thursday. According to a press release issued Friday by the Massachusetts State Police, Jesus Eduardo Meraz Ceballos, 30, was driving a gray Dodge Caravan with Erika Duenas Torres, 28, in the passenger seat when State Troopers stopped the vehicle on Route 84 eastbound near Exit 1 due to an expired registration.

According to the State Police, when asked for his driver’s license, Ceballos informed the Trooper he did not have one. The passenger, Torres, was able to provide a Mexican driver’s license and was found to have $8,000 in U.S. currency on her. State Police confirmed through the Registry of Motor Vehicles that Ceballos was operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and placed under arrest.

As law enforcement performed an inventory search prior to the vehicle being towed, Ceballos and Torres reportedly stated they were traveling to Boston from Mexico. The vehicle’s contents, according to the press release, included a mattress, cooler, large quantities of trash and food, and more than 200 grams of cocaine tightly wrapped into seven separate packages.

Ceballos and Torres were booked at the State Police barracks in Sturbridge and bail was set at $50,000 each. They were each scheduled to be arraigned in Dudley District Court on Friday.

Ceballos was charged with trafficking in cocaine; conspiracy to violate drug law; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle; unregistered motor vehicle; and uninsured motor vehicle. Torres was charged with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug law.

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