Truck Break-In Leads to Drug Bust
The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Samuel Velez, 42, of 815 Dright St., Holyoke and Nicole Gonzalez, 25, 12 Twombley Ave., Billerica, were arrested late Monday night in Room 121 at the motel.
The suspects were arraigned Tuesday in Lowell District Court. Both are charged with possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and being present where heroin was being kept.
Both pled 'not guilty'. Velez was ordered held on $4,000 cash bail. Gonzalez was held on $2,000 cash bail and her bail was revoked on two unrelated cases, according to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun.
Tewksbury Police had been called to the Motel 6 at around 10:14 p.m. by a clerk who told them a truck driver reported that his rig had been broken into and $800 had been stolen.
According to the police report, the truck driver said Velez had told him he'd seen two men near the truck earlier, so officers intended to speak to Velez as a witness. However, when they entered the motel room, then noticed bags of drugs and hypodermic needles on the dresser. Velez allegedly admitted there were more drugs in the dresser.
According to the report, officers confiscated 60 bags of heroin, 16 bags of cocaine, two cell phones, hypodermic needles and $828 in cash. The couple is not presently charged in connection with the break-in of the truck.
Kenneth Boisvert Jr., 29, 62 Chippewa St., Lowell, was arrested on Nov. 25 on a warrant.
Leo F. Keefe Jr., 24, 80 Bligh St., Tewksbury, was arrested on Nov. 25 and charged with OUI-liquor, speeding and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Christopher W. Borden, 22, 150 Pine St., Tewksbury, was arrested on Nov. 25 and charged with OUI-liquor, OUI-drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.
On Nov. 27 at 4:57 p.m. a vehicle break-in was reported at Batter Up Baseball Cards. Officers responded and a report was filed.
On Nov. 27 at 2:12 p.m., Police responded to the Marriott Residence Inn for a report that a guest had left without paying his bill on Nov. 24 and had left three bags behind.
On Nov. 26, at 9:47 p.m., police received a call from the Mobil Stadium Plaza, 2 Main St. The clerk reported that there was a woman in his store who said she had been robbed. Police responded and the woman said she had been robbed along the side of the road in Lawrence but then followed the car as it fled. She thinks it got off 495 at Exit 39. The woman returned to Lawrence to report the crime.
On Nov. 26 at 10:03 a.m., the manager of the Shawsheen Towers Apts. called police to report malicious destruction of property. The manager said someone had carved swastikas in the metal and wood and elevator and had damaged an employee's car. Officers responded and a report was filed.
On Nov. 25, a Cardigan Road resident called police and reported their vehicle had been broken into overnight.
On Nov. 24, at 7:34 p.m., a Helvetia Road resident called police to report that two vehicles at their address had been broken into and rummaged. A report was filed.
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