Search warrants executed simultaneously on separate investigations
SOUTHBRIDGE — Local and area law enforcement collaborated on a pair of simultaneous search warrants on Thursday, resulting in four people being arrested on various drug charges.
Police arrested one man after executing a search warrant at 5 Fiske Street, while two young men and one young woman were arrested after the execution of a separate search warrant at 69 Worcester Street.
Three individuals in their early 20s were arrested in the Worcester Street investigation, with the search warrant being the product of a previously ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics. Local law enforcement and members of the Central Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (CEMLEC) SWAT team executed the search warrant and arrested 20 year old Eliezer Rivera, 22 year old Sindy Garcia, and 20 year old Kenneth Ferrer-Garcia, according to a press release issued by the Southbridge Police Department. Rivera had been arrested in July after police were tipped off about his Facebook Live video in which he brandished multiple handguns.
Police reported they located suspected cocaine in Rivera’s bedroom alongside a digital scale and plastic used for packaging the drugs. A box of .380 ammunition was also reportedly uncovered in the bedroom, with several small bags of suspected cocaine packaged for distribution found in an apartment bathroom. Police said Rivera does not have a license to carry a firearm.
Rivera was charged with possession with intent to distribute Class B (cocaine); possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification Card (FID); and assault and battery on a police officer. Garcia and Ferrer-Garcia were each charged with possession with intent to distribute Class B (cocaine). Rivera’s bail was set at $50,040, while Garcia and Ferrer-Garcia’s bail were set at $5,040. All three were arraigned in Dudley District Court on Friday. Ferrer-Garcia was arrested in July after allegedly stabbing multiple people.
As the Worcester Street search warrant was executed, so too was the one on Fiske Street, roughly one mile away. Similarly, police said that search warrant came as the result of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics. Jesus Nieves, 41, was arrested in the Fiske Street apartment by local police detectives as well as law enforcement agents from the Southern Worcester County Counter Crime and Drug Task Force.
Police reportedly located more than 1,500 packages of suspected fentanyl/heroin packaged for distribution in the Fiske Street apartment. Law enforcement also seized a digital scale, rubber bands, various packaging materials, and approximately $5,700 in cash that police believe to have been obtained through “frequent narcotic sales.” Police placed a street value of more than $6,600 for the narcotics seized in the arrest.
Nieves was charged with trafficking in Fentanyl over 10 grams. His bail has been set at $25,040, with an arraignment scheduled for Dudley District Court on Monday, February 22.
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