For Immediate Release: 1/24/2018 10:21 pm
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were in possession of two search warrants, one for 91 Penn Avenue, apartment #1, the target being the 45-year-old resident named Hazmides Duqeestrada, and for 36 Canterbury Street, apartment #1, the target being the 32-year-old resident named Pedro Then.
During the morning hours, members of the vice squad set up surveillance on both properties. At approximately 2:00 PM, Vice officers observed Mr. Duquesstrada pull up to the address in a red Mazda. At this time Vice officers decided to execute both warrant simultaneously.
Officers secured Mr. Duquesstrada as he exited the Mazda. Officers entered the Penn Avenue apartment. A search of the apartment produced a digital scale, $460.00 in cash, a small bag of marijuana, and a bag that contained 13 individually wrapped bags of Heroin.
Mr. Duquesstrada was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Class A Substance with the Intent to Distribute (subsequent offense), and a Drug Violation within 300’ feet of a School (Worcester Academy).
Meanwhile, other Vice officers executed the warrant for the Canterbury Street apartment. Officers entered the apartment and discovered Mr. Then inside. The search produced drug paraphernalia which coincides with the packaging and selling of illegal narcotics. The search also produced a large bag that contained heroin, a box containing $30,020.00 in cash, a water jug that contained another $582.00 in cash, several other bags of Heroin, and another $120.00 in cash. The total weight of the discovered heroin was approximately 19 grams.
Mr. Then was placed under arrest and charged with trafficking in Heroin (18-36 grams).
The cash was seized as evidence and the drugs were processed and sent out for analysis.
Both men will be arraigned on Thursday, January 25, 2018.