SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

October 12, 2012

Police make 2nd heroin bust in two weeks

SALEM — Police say a local man who was arrested yesterday on drug distribution charges sold heroin to undercover officers on numerous occasions over the past month.

Detective Kevin St. Pierre said Wellington Pinales-Garcia, 24, of 5 Porter Street Court, Salem, was arrested on charges of four counts of distribution of a Class A substance to undercover officers and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute.

“We’ve received some neighborhood complaints about drug activity in the area of Cherry and Cedar streets,” St. Pierre said, adding that officers investigating those complaints monitored activity in the area, identified a suspect and then initiated the undercover buys.

After Pinales-Garcia was arrested yesterday, a search warrant was served at his home, where police confiscated heroin, almost $2,000 in cash and two cellphones, St. Pierre said. A 2001 Infiniti sedan was also seized.

It was the second heroin-distribution arrest in Salem since last week. Police arrested an Essex Street man on similar charges on Oct. 3. In that bust, police seized more than $5,000 in cash and a Ford Explorer, in addition to a quantity of heroin.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Comments Tracker