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Vice Squad Investigation Leads to Arrest for Trafficking in Heroin

Worcester, MA (February 16, 2017) - On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were conducting surveillance in the area of the McDonald’s on Lincoln Street. While conducting surveillance, officers observed a red Toyota Rav4 in the parking lot. Officers had prior information that this vehicle was involved in the distribution of heroin within the city of Worcester. Officers observed a male driver (identified as 51 year old Andres Abreu of Worcester) and a female passenger (later identified as 56 year old Carol Delaney of Worcester) in the Rav4. Mr. Abreu was the target of this particular investigation.

While watching the suspect vehicle, officers observed a grey Infiniti pull into the McDonald’s parking lot directly next to the Rav4. A female (later identified as 31 year old Gina Riani of Worcester) exited the driver’s seat of the Infiniti and got into the back seat of the Rav4. After about 30 seconds, Riani exited the Rav4 and re-entered her vehicle before pulling out of the parking lot.

Members of the Vice Squad stopped the Infiniti a short distance away. Riani attempted to pull away from officers at the scene and kicked one of the officers in the leg. Eventually, officers were able to place her into handcuffs. They were then able to recovered 4 knotted bags of heroin from Riani.

At the same time, other officers followed the Rav4 to the Santander bank parking lot on Lincoln Street. They were able to stop the Rav4 at that location. Officers recovered two bags of heroin and $1,500 from Abreu. He was placed under arrest at this time.

During the investigation, officers received information that Abreu may be storing additional heroin at a hotel room located at 50 Oriol Drive. As a result of information received during the investigation, officers obtained a search warrant for a small lock box that was located in this hotel room. As a result of the search, officers located an additional 90 grams of heroin.

Abreu is being charged with Distribution of a Class A Substance (Subsequent Offense), Possession of a Class A Substance w/ the Intent to Distribute, and Trafficking in Class a 36-99 grams. Riani is being charged with Possession of a Class A Substance and Resisting Arrest.

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