Tewksbury Police Win Two More Battles In War on Drugs

Two alleged dealers face charges; Oxycodone, crack, heroin seized.

The Tewksbury Police Department continued to wage a determined war on local drug trafficking with two more arrests on Wednesday.

Benjamin Torres-Ramos, 30, of 247 Salem St, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a class B substance (crack and cocaine) subsequent offense, and possession with the intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin).

The arrest came after Tewksbury Police Detectives stopped Torres-Ramos' vehicle around 3 p.m. for a motor vehicle violation on South Street.  After speaking to Torres-Ramos, detectives suspected Torres-Ramos was involved in drug activity and called in Police K-9 Geox to search his vehicle.

"(Geox) gave an indication that narcotics were present inside the vehicle and detectives were able to locate several bags of narcotics which included, heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine," said Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. 

Detectives also determined that while Torres-Ramos had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, he had several aliases. According to Tewksbury Police, Torres-Ramos had previously used the names "Omar Sanchez," "Luis Dejesus," "Luis Ruiz," "Nelson Villaga" and "Luis Dejesus-Ruiz." 

Torres-Ramos was arraigned at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13. 

That same day police arrested Stacy Matranga, 19, of 24 Juniper Lane, Tewksbury and charged her with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone) and conspiracy.    

According to Sheehan, detectives were conducting surveillance on Helvetia Street and saw a suspicious vehicle. They then observed what they believed to be a drug transaction.

Detectives approached Matranga and learned she had sold oxycodone pills from her vehicle. 

According to Sheehan, Matranga has a history of drug dealing in Tewksbury. On Oct. 5, 2012, she was arrested and charged with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone). 

Matranga was arraigned on the new charges at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13.

These latest drug arrests by Tewksbury detectives come on the heels of arrests prompted by surveillance conducted on Woburn Street, the Walmart parking lot and the Home Depot parking lot in recent weeks.


john smith December 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Your right Mike apple doesn't fall far if this guy is calling you out. Jail birds!
Bill Gilman (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Meghan, just as a point of information, all information in the artical came directly from the Tewksbury Police Department.
Bill Gilman (Editor) December 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
A comment has been removed from this stream for violation of terms of service. Foul language isn't allowed folks. And let's back off the personal attacks.
john smith December 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
How old are u Joey Matranga?
Danny December 14, 2012 at 09:12 PM
I've known the family my whole life there good people don't judge a book by their cover. You Guys should know that your adults.
Joey Matranga December 14, 2012 at 09:15 PM
old of enough to give you a beat down john smith hmu anyday anytime anyweek anywhere (:
Me December 14, 2012 at 09:33 PM
I never claimed to be an adult
john smith December 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
your a funny guy Joey threatening someone's kids. I would drop you in 10 seconds but violence is not the answer. Grow up!
Steevo December 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
You are one fool Joey. Your family doesn't need a worse image.
Michele Matranga December 15, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I am Stacy's aunt and I am in my fifties and don't have as much as a parking ticket,so when you go talking about someone's family you should no the fact. My mother always said if you don't have something good to say then don't say anything at all. Apparently your didn't. So I would appreciate you not trashing my name. Everyone has skeletons in their closet even people in hire place. Sometimes things work them sel out. You don't now Stacy or me so keep you comment to yourself please Mike!
Jim December 15, 2012 at 01:38 AM
oxycodone abuse has become a big problem in Tewksbury. The TPD should crack down on the pills and as well as heroin because once the pills are out of tewksbury all the addicts will go straight to heroin as an alternative. Opiates are a bigger problem than people imagine and there needs to be more awareness on the subject. But you should never judge a family based on what they have done in thier lives this type of thing could happen to anyones kids. People think that their kids would never get into something such as drug abuse but those are the kids who it happens too. Just because someones not a "thug" doesnt mean its impossible for them to get a drug problem. This could happen to anyone and any family.So just because addiction hasnt affected you or your family yet dont think it wont because anything can happen.
Meghan December 15, 2012 at 02:17 AM
@ j I said the reason she wasn't taken was due to small amount of prpduct and evidence never said it was right or wasn't selling a drug can u not read?
Michele Matranga December 15, 2012 at 03:27 AM
So well said Jim, we give our kids a foundation the very best we can and hope it all turns out well, but this can happen to the best of families! Thanks Jim for your opinion and open and fair mind!
Comment December 15, 2012 at 03:47 AM
They need to bring the awareness into the schools at a younger age than the high school. Unfortunately, for many kids, that's too late. 6th or 7th graders could benefit from hearing some of these speakers they bring into the high school.
Joe Bill December 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Reading some of these comments make embarrassed for this town...not only for the drugs but for imbeciles threatening one another. It's better to be silent and thought of as a fool rather than open your mouth (or post on a public forum) and prove everyone right.
Tommy December 15, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Everyone stating that she is a terrible person and should be put away have you never done anything wrong? Are you perfect? I doubt it i smoke pot and currently have no license am i horrible? Stfu your not better than anyone else maybe you ppl should try being more forgiving for fuckups because guess what shes gonna get thru this and still have a long life to live and be sucessful keep ya head up stace
Meghan December 15, 2012 at 05:29 PM
whose tommy
Michele Matranga December 16, 2012 at 03:26 AM
How do you call someone scum when you don't even know them.talk about innocent until proven guilty . Tell me you didn't pass judgement. Thank god your not my judge and jury!
Michele Matranga December 16, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Boy Tommy you couldn't have said it better. I know of people in high place in this town and there kids had issues with the law and got through them and turned out fine. Everybody does something wrong once in their life. Let the so call perfect people keep living with their eyes closed to there faults. Believe me, I know a lot of them.
Honest Joe December 16, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I agree with you "Comment". When one of my daughters started attending the Wynn, she reported to me that kids were smoking pot in the bathrooms, and doing drug transactions in the hallways. When I addressed this to the school, they told me that my daughter was overreacting and that there were no drugs in that school. It got to the point where she didn't even want to go to school anymore, cause she was so intimidated by the drug activity. I could not believe the blind attitude the school admistration had, I was furious that they thought my daughter was making it up. This is the age it starts at, and I believe they should make drug awareness as part of the curriculum. Maybe they do in health class, but I don't think it get's the attention it deserves, it is a serious matter in Tewksbury. I want to thank the TPD for all of the recent heroin arrests in Tewksbury, and getting these scumbags off the street, even it if is for only a day. Every little bit helps no matter how small.
Mr. "C" December 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I think that we can all agree that NO ONE want drug deals going down in out town. Didn't half of us move away from the city to ESCAPE this kind of thing? Drug & Alchol problems are not just a family issue but a community issue! It isn't going away. Thank you to TPD for doing their job! Without proper drug & alchol awareness education in our primary schools this issue will only continue to get worse. It is easy to sit behing a computers and throw a person & their family under the bus! BUT NO one & NO family is beyond reproach when it comes to drug or alchol addiction! Everyone knows, works or is related to a person who is or has suffered through addiction of one type or another! My grandfather used to say "THERE GO I....BUT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD". Show a bit of compassion for those people & their families that are dealing with addiction and other issues!
Honest Joe December 18, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I want to clarify my statement..........when I mentioned scumbags, I was referring to the Heroin dealers.
Bob December 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
6th and 7th is too late! We talk to our kids all the time and have since they started in the Ryan. I have shown them news clips of idiots on drugs. I have shown my son, who wants to play football, news articles of athletes who messed up their lives and playing careers because of drugs. One simple message; DON'T DO DRUGS! The school isn't where that needs to start. It is the home! It is uncomfortable sometimes but it is part of being a parent today. I tell my kids every day; I don't want to be your friend, I am your parent. My job it to set a path for you and yours is to follow it. We joke and have a lot of fun but they know the rules and the consequences of not following them. We need to talk every day and God bless my wife who insists we sit down to dinner EVERY night as a family. Sometimes at 7:30-8 or later depending on schedules. Talk to your kids. Make them comfortable with these discussions and it will be easier later.
LowellGirl95 December 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
To see such hateful comments posted about a 19 year old girl who is obviously struggling with a substance abuse problem is disgraceful. As a Mother, I would be devastated to read such hurtful comments about my child. For those of you who feel the need to sit back and write such horrible things about this child and her family, please remember drug addiction does not discriminate and this could happen to someone you hold near and dear to your heart. I am thankful this Christmas that I have two happy healthy young children and I can only hope that I can keep them safe, healthy and drug free.
Comment December 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Bob - I agree it's a parents job #1, but I do think the speakers are helpful as well. I too watch shows like Cops, Jail, etc and point out that it all started with someone saying "here try this". I also have heard the stories from the Wynn - you can ask just about any kid where to get something and they can tell you. The elementary schools is too soon for some of these speakers, but the Ryan and Wynn aren't. Maybe more shock and awe is needed. It's great to hear stories of overcoming addiction, but maybe they need to see documentaries of people who are still addicted and hear first hand how it started and how they don't feel they can stop.
Michele Matranga December 19, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Nicely said! Merry Christmas to you and your family and may you stay safe and healthy. My niece Stacy will be fine with love and guidance which she will get from her family. Thank you for the kind words and fair judgement!
Danielle December 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This is whats wrong with the judicial system. It would appear from what you are saying she is getting away with selling drugs on a technicality. I dont care if it was 1 or 100 if they are not hers and she is in posession of them and selling them, isnt that illegal. "Lack of product" what a joke!
Michele Matranga December 29, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Can you tell me why Stacy's face is posted on the patch and on the police website. We have two grown men arrested for child porn and no pictures posted. Well talk about special treatment. I have a sixteen year old daughter and would like to know what they look like. Does it matter if they have great jobs and live in luxury homes. Apparently so. Lets get these pictures posted and start being fair.
Bill Gilman (Editor) December 29, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Hi Michele, the police department did not release copies of the booking photos but we will be asking for and/or getting photos as we continue coverage. I can guarantee you, no special treatment on this end.
Michele Matranga December 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Thanks Bill, if we don't see it soon, I myself will go down the police station and request it. I drop my daughter off every morning at Catamount and will not leave her alone to wait for the bus and this guys are yards away.


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