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News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 11, 2003

Five Worcester Men Indicted On Drug And Gun Charges

Boston, MA…Five Worcester men have been indicted on drug and gun charges after a five months-long undercover investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Massachusetts State Police, Attorney General Tom Reilly announced today.

The five people, all from Worcester, were arrested October 4, after an investigation by DEA and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office into illegal cocaine trafficking in Worcester County. Today the five men were indicted on various drug and gun charges by a Worcester County grand jury. The following individuals were indicted:

Jason GONZALEZ, age 24
Juan RIVERA, age 26
David CEDENO, age 25
Hugo VIRUET, age 28
Jose COLLAZO, age 29

On five separate occasions from May through August 2002, GONZALEZ, RIVERA and CEDENO allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover State Trooper assigned to the Attorney General's Office. On May 31, RIVERA and GONZALEZ allegedly sold 26 grams of cocaine and on July 23 sold 223 grams to the undercover Trooper.

On June 13 and July 2, RIVERA, GONZALEZ and CEDENO allegedly sold 55 grams to the Trooper. On August 29, the three allegedly sold 28 grams to the undercover Trooper.

On October 4, VIRUET and COLLAZO allegedly brought $14,000 to meet the undercover Trooper at a pre-designated location as payment for the marijuana. VIRUET and COLLAZO, who was allegedly carrying a handgun, were arrested along with GONZALEZ and RIVERA, who brought an additional $10,000.

After the arrests, DEA and State Police executed search warrants at three locations in Worcester where police discovered an additional 200 grams of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana. CEDENO was then arrested at his residence.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, the Worcester County District Attorney's Office.

 

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