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Boston — Two Lawrence men have been arrested and arraigned in connection with trafficking two kilograms of heroin and fentanyl, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Eddy G. Espinal, 32, and Danny Santos-Rosa, 39, were arrested Wednesday night in Lawrence. The arrests are the result of an investigation by the Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team, the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into alleged heroin and fentanyl trafficking in the city.
The defendants were both arraigned in Lawrence District Court this morning on the charges of Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin, Trafficking Fentanyl, and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws (one count each). Santos-Rosa, who was armed with a loaded hand gun at the time of his arrest, was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (one count each).
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges at the arraignment and were both held on $500,000 cash bail. They are both due back in Lawrence District Court on Dec. 11 for a probable cause hearing.
As a result of this investigation, authorities seized approximately 1,500 grams of heroin, 600 grams of suspected fentanyl, and a firearm.
AG Healey’s Office has been working closely with its federal, state and local partners to combat illegal drug trafficking. AG Healey formed an internal task force to more aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in Massachusetts. The AG’s Office is using a multi-faceted approach that includes education for prescribers, pursuing illegal drug traffickers and pill mills, and expanding access to recovery and treatment programs.
The AG’s Office has committed a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to form a new Fentanyl Strike Force. In partnership with the Massachusetts State Police, the task force will target heroin and fentanyl traffickers and dismantle their distribution networks across Massachusetts. The funds will expand the AG’s Office’s own drug enforcement work and has helped build enhanced partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement.
This investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Gina Masotta, of AG Healey’s Criminal Bureau. The case is being investigated by the Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team, State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, and Homeland Security Investigations.