For Immediate Release: 3/3/2017 10:57 am
Worcester, MA (March 3, 2017)- On Thursday, March 2, 2017, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad working in conjunction with the Worcester DEA Tactical Diversion Squad and the Worcester DEA HIDTA Task Force were conducting surveillance in the area of 388 Franklin Street in anticipation of executing a search warrant at that address. The surveillance was part of an ongoing investigation into a large scale heroin distribution organization operating within the City of Worcester. Police were also conducting surveillance of a gray Nissan Versa which was parked at the Franklin Street address.
At approximately 5:40 PM, officers conducting surveillance observed a male (later identified as Jose Peralta-Sanchez, 28 years old of New Jersey) exit 388 Franklin Street, enter the above vehicle, and drive away. Police followed the Nissan and were able to stop the vehicle on Mendon Street. During the stop, police recovered over 100 grams of heroin and $1,487 in currency from Peralta-Sanchez.
As other officers were preparing to make entry and execute the search warrant on Franklin Street, they observed two individuals (later identified as Carlos Mena-Murillo, 33 years old and Antia Paula, 23 years old, both of New York) exit the dwelling at 388 Franklin Street carrying several suitcases and approach a livery cab that had just pulled up. Officers stopped Murillo and Paula before they could enter the cab as members of the Worcester Police Swat Team made entry into the dwelling.
A search of one of the suitcases being carried by Murillo and Paula revealed more than one Kilo of heroin and $30,000 cash. A subsequent search of 388 Franklin revealed drug packaging materials, cutting agents, and other items used in the distribution of heroin.
All three individuals were arrested and are being charged with Trafficking in a Class A Substance over 200 grams. They are scheduled to be arraigned today in Worcester District Court.
In total, approximately 1,300 grams of heroin was seized.