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Merrimack Valley

March 6, 2013

State Police say van with cocaine, cash, was headed to Lawrence

STURBRIDGE – A Lawrence man was one of three people arrested yesterday morning after State Police stopped a livery van on Route 84 and which resulted in the seizure of a kilo of cocaine and $28,050 in cash.

At 5:40 a.m. Trooper Dylan Morris from the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge stopped the vehicle on the eastbound lane of Route 84. The vehicle was traveling from New York City to Lawrence.

Trooper Morris discovered that the operator, Ferilyn Holguin, 27, from New York City had an outstanding arrest warrant for operating without a license. He was arrested on that warrant.

Holguin requested that a passenger identified as Ramon Suero, 40, from New York City, take control of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Suero was concealing a kilo of cocaine under his sweater. The cocaine was packaged in six individual heat sealed bags strung together and worn like a bandoleer around Suero’s body.

Suero was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine. The amount of cocaine seized has a street value of approximately $24,000. Another passenger, identified as Manuel Perez, 44, of Lawrence, had an outstanding arrest warrant for operating without a license. Perez was arrested on that warrant. During a later search of the van troopers discovered $28,050 in cash secreted in a black plastic bag.

Holguin was scheduled to appear in Worcester District Court yesterday while Suero and Perez were to appear Dudley District Court.

Trooper Morris was assisted by Troopers Joe Reen and Rob Ryan from the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Sturbridge. Members of the Massachusetts State Police K-9 Section also assisted in this case.

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