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
JUAN PENA-ROSARIO , age 46, of Lawrence, MA
ELIZABETH SALINAS , age 33, of Manchester, NH
HERIBERTO JUARBE , age 34, of Methuen, MA
EMILIO GOMES , age 33, of Lawrence, MA
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.