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Vice Squad Surveillance Leads to Search Warrant and Two Arrests

Worcester, MA (March 16, 2017)- On Thursday, March 16, 2017 at approximately 1:30 PM, members of the Worcester Police Vice Squad were conducting surveillance at the Price Chopper parking lot located at 50 Cambridge Street. This surveillance was part of an ongoing investigation into the illegal sale of narcotics by a male identified as Nelson Pacheco, 54 years old of Worcester. During the investigation, police learned that Pacheco was using a grey Subaru wagon to deliver drugs in the immediate vicinity of the Price Chopper.

During surveillance, police observed Pacheco seated in his vehicle at the far end of the Price Chopper parking lot way from the store. Members of the Vice Squad then observed a black Nissan Murano pull into the lot and pull up directly next to Pacheco’s vehicle. A male (later identified as 36 year old Jeffrey Plikunas of Dudley) was observed exiting the driver’s seat of the Murano and entering Pacheco’s vehicle. After approximately 15 seconds, Plikunas exited Pacheco’s vehicle, re-entered the Murano, and began to drive away.

Officers stopped the Murano and found Plikunas to be in possession of four separate plastic bags containing a total of one hundred 30 milligram Percocet pills from Plikunas. Officers were aware that the street value of one hundred 30 milligram Percocet pills is approximately $3,000.

Officers were also able to stop Pacheco in the Subaru before he left the lot. Officers recovered $3,000 and two cell phones from the seat of Pacheco’s vehicle. Both Pacheco and Plikunas were placed under arrest.

As a result of the investigation, members of the Vice Squad applied for and were granted a search warrant for Pacheco’s residence at 6 Irene Street, apartment 2. As a result of the search, officers discovered an additional 24 Percocet pills and $8,623 in currency.

Pacheco is being charged with Distribution of a Class B Substance, Possession of a Class B Substance w/ the Intent to Distribute, and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Laws. Plikunas is being charged with Possession of a Class B Substance w/ the Intent to Distribute and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Laws. Both men are scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Worcester District Court.

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