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.

Tewksbury Police Officers investigation a break-in involving a tractor -trailer wound up arresting two individuals on drug charges at the Motel 6.

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 Gonzalez was held on $2,000 cash bail and her bail was revoked on two unrelated cases, according to an article appearing in the Lowell Sun.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.

Additional Arrests:

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.

Additional Incidents:

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.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.


Dirk Anderson November 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
As bad as the Caswell is, the Motel 6 is a worse problem. Not a week goes by without them in the police blotter.
Bob November 29, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I would love to see the number of incidents at each location since they were opened. I bet Motel 6 has more!
Bill. S November 30, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Remember, The Six was a problem long before it was the Six. It has been a long time and the name of the place escapes me, but it was just as bad before it was the Six and I hop
Sarah November 30, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Um... Bob, do you mean since Motel Six was open, cause the Caswell's been around a hell of a lot longer... someone I work with who lived near here 40+ years ago told me how she knew 40 years ago the reputation that place had even back then. Motel 6 was built during my time in Tewksbury and I've only lived here like 20 years. Totals since the Motel Six opened you may be right.
TMHSGrad November 30, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Motel 6 was not built within the last 20 years. It was a Holiday Inn back in the 70's and 80's.
Sarah November 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Okay, must have become Motel 6 within the past 20 years. My mistake.
Honest Joe November 30, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I want to thank the Tewksbury Police Dept for getting these drugs and scumbags off the street! Another scratch in the ever worsening Heroin drug problem, that is becoming prevalent amoung the youth in our society. I only wish people new how dangerous this drug really is, then maybe they wouldn't try it and get trapped in the tortured world of addiction!
Bill. S December 01, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I moved here in 96, it was travel lodge or some pit, All I know is it was a problem then and there was hope when six took it over, so much for hope


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