A police drug-bust operation carried out in Peabody on Friday led to an arrest and the seizure of narcotics and cash from 14 Collins Street #18. 

Yunior Taveras, 23, was arrested on a charge of possession of a class A drug (heroin) with intent to distribute, after police executed a search warrant and recovered 15 grams of heroin and $3,500 cash from the home, according to a police department press release. 

In the same incident, a 33-year-old Peabody man (who does not reside on Collins Street) was arrested on two outstanding warrants, according to a 10:54 a.m. entry in the Peabody police log.

The operation, led by the Peabody Police Narcotics Unit, was the culmination of a several-months-long investigation, which utilized surveillance and “other covert techniques,” according to the press release.  

The investigation started when numerous anonymous tips were made via MyPD, a tool designed to connect community members to police and accessible through the Peabody Police website or as a phone app. Police said that tips came in about that particular address and Taveras himself.

The bust comes amid an ongoing effort across Massachusetts to curb the rise in heroin overdoses and opioid addictions. 

Aiding in Friday’s arrest was the Lynnfield Police and their K-9 unit and a detective in the Ipswich Police Department who is also a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force Officer. 

Taveras will be arraigned at Peabody District Court Tuesday. 

Police are still investigating whether Taveras was working alone or part of a larger network. 

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