News Release
For Immediate Release:
February 05, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Number: 617-557-2138

Lawrence Individuals Indicted for Drug and Firearms Offenses

FEB 05 -- BOSTON, MA - A federal grand jury returned an Indictment charging five individuals with drug and firearm offenses, stemming from a years-long investigation into drug trafficking in the Lawrence, MA area.

Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, and Chief John J. Romero of the Lawrence Police Department, announced the return of an Indictment charging the following five individuals with drug and firearms offenses:

FELIX ROSARIO, age 35, of Lawrence, MA
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base
Felon in Possession of a Firearm

JUAN PENA-ROSARIO , age 46, of Lawrence, MA
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine

ELIZABETH SALINAS , age 33, of Manchester, NH
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Two Counts of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute CocaineBase

HERIBERTO JUARBE , age 34, of Methuen, MA
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine Base

EMILIO GOMES , age 33, of Lawrence, MA
Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute

These charges are the result of a two-year long targeted investigation into drug trafficking in Lawrence, MA. As detailed in the complaint affidavits and pre-trial hearings for the various defendants, this investigation began in September 2006, after the seizure of more than 50 kilograms of cocaine led to the arrest and prosecution of Lawrence area drug dealers Angel Ayala-Roque and Nicole Paquette. Investigators then began to focus on the larger drug organization associated with these individuals. The investigation culminated in a three-month long wiretap interception of three cellular telephones from September to December 2008, revealing a large-scale cocaine and crack cocaine conspiracy run by the defendants charged today and centered in the Lawrence, MA area. As a result of the wiretap interceptions, investigators executed multiple arrests and search warrants in Lawrence, resulting in the seizure of more than three kilograms of cocaine, quantities of crack cocaine, and multiple firearms.

If convicted on these charges, each defendant faces up to 40 years imprisonment, to be followed by 3 years to life of supervised release and a $1,000,000.00 fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Cross Border Initiative Task Force, which includes members of various federal, state and local law enforcement agencies; the Lawrence Police Department; and the Massachusetts State Police.