, Salem, MA

December 21, 2012

Police seize heroin, handgun in Salem bust

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say they arrested a Prince Street man on a heroin trafficking charge yesterday afternoon and seized drugs and a firearm from his apartment.

Juan B. Delarosa, 26, of 34 Prince St., Apt. 3, was arrested on charges of trafficking heroin; possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute, subsequent offense; unlawful possession of a large capacity weapon; unlawful possession of ammunition; and operating after suspension.

Lt. Stephen Bona said officers obtained a search warrant for Delarosa’s apartment on Thursday morning after a two- to three-week investigation into illegal drug sales.

Police executed the warrant at 4:30 p.m. and seized over 36 grams of heroin, an undisclosed amount of cocaine, a handgun and about $5,000 in cash, Bona said.

He said the drugs had a street value of roughly $6,000.

Delarosa was arrested without incident.

The case was led by Detective Dennis Gaudet. Assisting in the investigation was Lt. Stephen Bona, Capt. Thomas Griffin, Sgt. Kristian Hanson, detectives Kevin St. Pierre, Brian St. Pierre, and Charlene Sano and patrol officers Daniel Tucker and Rafael Gonzalez.