Alleged Drug Trafficker Arrested, May Be In The Country Illegally
Lawrence man busted with cocaine and crack cocaine.
A 28-year-old man, who may be in the country illegally, is facing felony drug charges after Tewksbury Police allegedly witnessed him selling cocaine in Tewksbury.
Joel Santiago-Vazquez 28 of 239 Farnham St, Lawrence was arrested Thursday (Sept. 1), just before 8 p.m. on Shoreline Drive.
According to information provided by Police Chief Timothy Sheehan, undercover Tewksbury detectives observed Santiago-Vazquez conducting transactions in the Woburn Street area. The officers then followed him to Shoreline Drive, where they saw him allegedly selling more drugs.
The detectives stopped Santiago-Vazquez and found 16 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine in multiple plastic packages hidden inside a Pringles potato chip can with a false bottom.
Santiago-Vazquez was arrested and charged with Trafficking a Class B substance (Cocaine and Crack Cocaine) over 14 grams.
According to Sheehan, Santiago-Vazquez has a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and a vehicle registered in his name. However, he said that a preliminary investigation with Immigration and Customs (ICE-Homeland Security) revealed that Santiago-Vazquez may be in the country illegally.
According to Sheehan, ICE has placed an immigration detainer on Santiago-Vazquez pending the outcome of their investigation into his immigration status.
Santiago-Vazquez was scheduled to be arraigned at Lowell District Court on Friday.