- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Four Individuals Charged in Connection with Drug Trafficking Operation in Worcester
Worcester — Four individuals were arrested and arraigned in Worcester District Court as part of a joint federal, state, and local investigation into a drug trafficking operation in Worcester, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
The arrests are the result of a months-long investigation in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration Worcester High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (DEA HIDTA) Task Force, which includes the Massachusetts State Police, and the Worcester, Fitchburg, Leominster, Hopkinton and Milford Police Departments; as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Postal Service, along with assistance from Worcester County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities seized 100 grams of fentanyl, 19 grams of cocaine, 15 grams of Ecstasy/MDMA, 150 grams of Psilocybin “mushrooms,” six pounds of marijuana, 150 grams of marijuana extract “shatter,” nearly $13,500, and a loaded .38 caliber revolver with a defaced serial number during the course of the investigation.
Trevon Appiah, Jeremy Guzman, Hugo Viruet, and Luis Morales, all 23-years-old and residents of Worcester, were arraigned on the following charges by Judge Andrew D’Angelo on February 7:
Trafficking in fentanyl, 10 grams or more (one count)
Possession with intent to distribute a Class A drug, fentanyl (one count)
Possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug, cocaine (one count)
Possession with intent to distribute a Class D drug, marijuana (one count)
Possession with intent to distribute Phencycledine (one count)
Unlawful possession of a firearm (one count)
Defacing firearm serial number (one count)
Improper storage of a firearm (one count)
Judge D’Angelo set bail at $7,500 cash for Appiah, $6,500 cash for Guzman, $3,500 cash for Viruet, and $3,500 cash for Morales. The defendants are due back in Worcester District Court for a probable cause hearing on March 11.
This investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The AG’s Office has been working closely with federal, state and local partners to combat illegal drug trafficking. AG Healey formed a Fentanyl Strike Force to more aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in New England. Last year, the AG’s Office announced that the Fentanyl Strike Force had been awarded a nearly $3 million grant to expand its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and disrupt drug and fentanyl trafficking throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The AG’s Office won this grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services Anti-Heroin Task Force and was one of just 17 proposals funded nationally and the only awarded in New England.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Cesar Vega of the AG’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division.