Tewksbury Police Make Major Drug Trafficking Arrest
Dec 02, 2014 06:00AM
By Bill Gilman
Money and drugs confiscated during the arrest of Angel M. Rivera-Soto.
Tewksbury has three convenient exits off Route 495. And at various times, drug dealers have made use of all three as convenient locations to engage in transactions.
Over the past few years, the TPD has stepped up its efforts to target these areas, including Woburn Street (Exits 37) Andover Street/Route 133 (Exit 39) and the parking lots of the big box stores like Home Depot and Walmart (Exit 38).
In the past three days, Tewksbury Detectives made a pair of drug collars on Andover Street near Route 495. On Saturday, it was Guillermo Sierra, 35, of 8 Birchwood Rd. 2nd FL., Methuen, arrested and charged with distribution of heroin, third or subsequent offense.
On Monday, the TPD landed an even bigger fish in the narcotics food chain with the arrest of Angel M. Rivera-Soto, 32, of 44 John Eliot Sq., Roxbury. Rivera-Soto was charged with trafficking heroin over 100 grams and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.
According to Tewksbury Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, detectives observed Rivera-Soto conducting a transaction in the area of Route 133 (Andover Street). With help from the Tewksbury Police K-9 and Westford Police K-9 Units, detectives located 135 grams of heroin, with a street value of nearly $61,000 and 6 grams of cocaine, along with close to $1,000 cash and a fake police badge.
Rivera-Soto is due to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Tuesday.