, Salem, MA

October 26, 2013

Police: Drug traffickers had cocaine, heroin, loaded guns

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Police say they arrested two people and seized loaded guns, cash and a significant amount of cocaine and heroin during a raid at a Park Street apartment yesterday afternoon.

Roberto Padilla, 25, of 42 Park St., Apt. 2, and his girlfriend Sasha Pimental, 20, of the same address, were arrested on charges of trafficking heroin over 100 grams, trafficking cocaine over 36 grams, three counts of illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition.

The monthlong investigation into Padilla and Pimental began after the department received complaints that they were dealing drugs out of their apartment, said Sgt. Kristian Hanson, the officer who led the investigation.

A search warrant was executed at the pair’s residence yesterday, just as the two arrived in a taxi. Inside, officers found a .38 caliber handgun on a coffee table, and .45 and .32 caliber guns in open drawers on either side of the bed in the bedroom, Hanson said.

The weapons were all loaded, and police found hundreds of rounds of ammunition inside the apartment, Hanson said.

Officers also found roughly 119 grams of heroin and 83 grams of cocaine in Tupperware containers stored inside a plastic cabinet, the drawers of which had been marked “H,” “C,” and “H” in red marker — presumably for heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine, with the final “H” standing for “hard,” Hanson said.

“Much of the cocaine was packaged into individual baggies,” Hanson said.

Hanson said the amount of drugs involved was significant, and definitely more than the 36- and 100-gram thresholds required for trafficking charges of cocaine and heroin, respectively.

“You don’t get these every day,” he said.

Police also found and seized about $2,000 in cash and packaging materials, he said.

Padilla was previously found guilty of a firearms charge, and police are investigating whether the seized guns were stolen, Hanson said.

Hanson was assisted by Detectives Daniel Tucker, Charlene Sano, Thomas Brennan and Eric Connolly, Detective Lt. Stephen Bona, Sgt. Harry Rocheville, and officers Tom Pelletier, Deni Gaito and Kathleen Rocheville.