For Immediate Release - April 05, 2013

Essex County Drug Task Force Seizes 48 Kilos of Cocaine in Andover

Jose Martinez, 51, of 123 Chestnut Street, Andover was arrested on Route 495 Northbound in Andover (between Routes 133 and 93) at approximately 1:00 pm today.   Massachusetts State Police seized approximately 48 kilos of cocaine from Martinez’s Dodge Durango.

The arrest is a result of a three-month long investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Troopers assigned to the Essex County D.A.'s Drug Task Force targeting Martinez.  Martinez is charged with trafficking cocaine and will be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Monday.

“This investigation and arrest has taken a large quantity of drugs off the street,” District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said.  “I commend the hard work and diligence of the detectives involved.”

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