Hudson, Marlborough police departments make arrest after drug investigation
Hudson – The Hudson Police Department has released information on a month-long investigation with the Marlborough Police Department into the illegal distribution of cocaine that has resulted in an arrest:
On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 narcotics detectives from the Hudson and Marlboro Police Departments concluded a month long investigation into the illegal distribution of cocaine in Hudson. The investigation culminated with the arrest of a male subject and the confiscation of over 200 grams of Cocaine, cash, cell phones and a motor vehicle.
After conducting extensive surveillance, detectives were able to identify the area in which the drug transactions were taking place and the target vehicle. Detectives affected a felony stop of the vehicle and the operator, initially identified as William Cruz-Guevara, 42 of 71 Crescent Street Lawrence, MA was taken into custody.
A search of the vehicle revealed two containers secreted within the vehicle. One container held approximately 35 pre-packaged bags of a white powder substance and a single larger bag containing a larger amount of the same substance, believed to be Cocaine. A second container was located in the vehicle which held approximately 22 pre-packaged bags of the same substance. The combined weight of both containers was in excess of 200 grams.
During the booking of the suspect, he provided Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles documentation identifying him as Cruz- Guevara. A subsequent check of the subject’s fingerprints revealed that the information provide by the subject was fraudulent and that he had previously been denied entry to the United States and deported back to the Dominican Republic from which he hailed. The results of the fingerprint scan revealed the subject’s true identity to be Pedro Lara-Mendez, 46, of the Lawrence, MA address listed above.
Lara–Mendez has been charged with Trafficking in Cocaine +200 Grams, Possession of Class B Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Class B Controlled Substance, False Name to a Police Officer Upon/After Arrest and Misleading a Police Investigation.
The penalty for a conviction for Trafficking +200 grams or more of Cocaine is punishable by a term of imprisonment in the state prison for not less than twelve years but not more than twenty years. The investigation into how Lara-Mendez obtained the fraudulent documents is on going with other agencies.
Lara-Mendez is currently being held on $100,000 cash bail and a Department Of Homeland Security immigration detainer. The estimated street value of the quantity of cocaine seized is approximately $18,000 – $20,000 dependent on its purity and potential for cutting.
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