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March 19, 2014

Pair face drug charges after traffic stop

BEVERLY — Two Lynn men are facing cocaine possession with intent to distribute charges after a traffic stop at the intersection of Bridge Street and County Way Monday, police said.

Police said that Hector DeJesus, 20, was driving 36 mph in a 30 mph zone and had tinted windows that were too dark when he was stopped.

DeJesus was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, driving after license revocation, speeding and forgery or misuse of a motor vehicle document. His passenger, Joshua Delgado-Peralata, 23, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and providing false information to a police officer.

Patrolman Tom Nolan spotted the gray Infiniti while monitoring traffic during the day shift and pulled it over. While questioning the men in the car, both gave false names, police said.

Nolan also noticed that it appeared DeJesus had stuffed drugs into his mouth and that his passenger was trying to do the same.

Sgt. David Richardson said during the men’s arraignments yesterday that police believe the driver ingested the drugs.

Officers eventually found six small knotted bags, known as “twists,” of cocaine.

Police confiscated two cellphones and approximately $470 in cash.

Both men have pleaded not guilty. Judge Matthew Machera set bail for Delgado-Peralata at $5,000 and at $2,500 on DeJesus.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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