By Aaron Keebaugh
In a combined effort, officers from the Revere police department, Lynn police, state police, and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency made several arrests this week, a result of a three-month investigation, Police Lieutenant John Goodwin said in an email report on Monday.
Investigators from the combined units, operating under search warrants, discovered more than 100 grams of heroin and $25,000 in cash at 51 Taft St. in Revere and Border St. in Lynn. Following the search, officers arrested Hector Lugo, Jomar Sierra, and Giovanni Merced for allegedly trafficking heroin.
Residents on Taft St. had complained to police about drug activity in the area. Reportedly, the investigation found that Lugo, Sierra, and Merced were meeting with customers on foot and in motor vehicles in the area to distribute heroin.
The arrests this week may have put a dent in the drug activity on Taft St., but at the same time, it may create a power vacuum for drug dealers still working the area. “Is it ever really wiped out?” said Revere Police Chief Joseph Cafarelli in a phone call Wednesday.
“Due to the increased cooperation—combined resources and information of federal, local, and state law enforcement partners—the involved law enforcement agencies feel that they have interrupted a well-organized heroin and cocaine distribution ring in the North Shore and continue to strive to improve the quality of life within its neighborhoods,” said Goodwin.
Chief Cafarelli said he was happy with how the Revere police officers handled the situation as part of the combined forces. “Our detectives did a fantastic job. I’m proud of them, just as I am with all of my officers.”