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WPD Vice Squad Search Warrant Nabs Merrifield St. Man for Trafficking Heroin

For Immediate Release: 1/3/2018 11:01 pm

On Wednesday, January 03, 2018, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad possessed search warrants for 95 Merrifield Street, basement apartment, and for a black Infinity.

At approximately 7:30 AM, vice officers set up surveillance on the basement apartment. After several hours, vice officers observed the target of the warrants exiting the apartment. The target was identified as 27-year-old Jerry Pena-Alba. Mr. Pena-Alba was observed getting into his Afinity and drive away.

Vice officers followed the suspect vehicle and eventually signaled him to stop. Mr. Pena-Alba was informed of the warrants that the officers possessed and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Mr. Pena-Alba complied. A search of the suspect produced 16 grams of heroin.

Vice officers seized the apartment key from the suspect. At approximately 1:00 PM, vice officers executed the search warrant for the basement apartment.

A K-9 unit was called to the scene to assist the officers. The K-9 indicated that a safe located in a closet may contain contraband. The search of the safe produced an additional 108 grams of heroin along with $5,190 in cash. The search also produced a large capacity magazine loaded with approximately 20 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

As a result of the seized items, Mr. Pena-Alba was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device, Possession of Ammunition without an FID Card and Trafficking in Heroin (100-199 grams).

Mr. Pena-Alba will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse.

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