SALEM — Officers responding to a domestic violence call in Salem on Friday stumbled onto more than an ounce of fentanyl, just under an ounce of cocaine, and a man who was using an alias while in default in three other drug cases.
Lonny Landestoy-Sanchez, also known as Yamil Caceras, 35, of 79 Boston St., was ordered held on $100,000 bail, as well as on three Malden District Court warrants for defaulting in earlier similar cases, following his arraignment Tuesday in Salem District Court. He is now facing charges of trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine, as well as with identity fraud and giving false information.
Two others in the apartment, Jalexis Lucia Heredia, 21, and a second man in the apartment, George David Luna-Arias, 26, were also charged with trafficking in fentanyl and cocaine. Luna-Arias was ordered held on $50,000 bail, while bail for Heredia was set at $7,500 by Judge Randy Chapman.
Officers had received a 911 "hangup" call shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. During the call, a dispatcher could hear yelling before the call disconnected.
Three officers went to the address, where no one initially answered the door. As police were looking for a landlord to get into the apartment to check on the occupants, Heredia opened the door.
Police say Luna-Arias also came out. But Heredia would not allow the officers to look around for anyone else who might have been inside.
Police eventually found a third man in a bedroom, leaning over shoe boxes. Sgt. Harry Rocheville, concerned that the man was reaching for a weapon, kicked the boxes away, only to have a shoe fly out of one of the boxes, with a bag of what turned out to be drugs inside, according to a police report.
Police say that they found 30 grams of fentanyl (just over an ounce) and 23 grams of cocaine, along with $8,100 in cash.
Caceras initially gave police the name Lonny Landestoy-Sanchez, but when his fingerprints were taken, they matched the prints that Caceras had given during his bookings in Everett. He was in default in three pending drug cases in Malden District Court.
A lawyer for Caceras, Oriosto Medrano Santana, argued that the drugs will likely be suppressed, questioning the basis for the search of the house.
Chapman ordered that if Caceras makes bail in the case, he must surrender his Dominican passport and wear a GPS monitor. But Caceras isn't likely to be released any time soon, since Chapman also revoked his bail in the Malden cases.
All three are due back in court on July 30.
Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at email@example.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis.