EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 5, 2012

Cops seize guns, arrest 7 in two separate probes

By Jill Harmacinski
jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

---- — LAWRENCE — Police pulled five illegal guns and ammunition off the street sand made seven firearms and drug arrests in two separate investigations spanning morning to night Tuesday.

The weapons seized ranged from a Ruger to a sawed-off shotgun.

“These are five guns that will never be used to in a crime. Five guns that will never injure anyone,” Police Chief John Romero said.

The guns were seized by detectives after a search warrant was executed at 121 Emmett St. at 7 a.m. and later, in a separate investigation and arrest of wanted Abbott Street fugitive, Nelson Arroyo, 45, who was hiding out in nearby Haverhill, police said.

Arroyo was charged with illegal possession of a black Ruger handgun, a Beretta handgun shotgun and a sawed off shotgun he had hidden at a friend’s home in North Andover. Arroyo was not licensed to carry any of the guns. He is also facing illegal narcotics possession and assault charges.

Tuesday morning, during the Emmett Street raid, detectives confiscated a .380 caliber Smith & Wesson firearm with two magazines containing live ammunition as well as a .32 caliber Colt firearm with one magazine containing 8 live rounds, according to a report by Detective Carmen Purpora.

Investigators also seized heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, scales, drug packaging materials, $4,120 cash, passports and more as they executed the search warrant, according to police reports.

The following people were arrested on the following charges as a result of the search warrant Tuesday morning:

Jose Ramon Martinez, 38, of 123 Emmett St., #1, Lawrence; four counts of illegal possession of heroin and cocaine, illegal possession of a firearm and illegal storage of a firearm.

Eleodoro Victorino, 53, of 123 Emmett St., #1, Lawrence; four counts of illegal possession of heroin and cocaine and two counts of illegal possession of a firearm.

Denis Rivera, 39, of 56 Phillips St., #2, Lawrence; illegal possession of heroin and cocaine, illegal possession of narcotics near a school and three outstanding warrants.

David Alfonso, 25, of 11 Lafayette St., Lawrence; illegal possession of heroin and cocaine, providing a false name to police after arrest and an outstanding warrant.

Odalis Garcia, 34, of 56 Phillips St., Lawrence; illegal possession of heroin and cocaine and an outstanding warrant.

On Monday, police issued a wanted poster for Arroyo, after he allegedly pointed a gun at a woman and threatened to kill her. An alleged drug dealer, Arroyo also used the aliases of Anthony Tartak and Jose Tartak. He threatened “to shoot police officers if they attempted to apprehend him,” according to a police report.

On Tuesday evening, local and state police detectives learned Arroyo was staying with a friend at 28 Glines St. in Haverhill. Just after 7 p.m., they followed him out of Haverhill, tailing him and his driver to Merrimack Street in Lawrence.

At the time of his arrest, Arroyo had the black Ruger in the waistband of his pants, according to a report by Detective Dean Murphy. He was also in possession of heroin, cocaine and bullets, police said.

Police also found a silver Beretta belonging to Arroyo during a search of 28 Glines St. in Haverhill. And Arroyo’s sawed off shotgun was seized from at 66 Russell St. in North Andover, the home of Arroyo’s friend Jonathan Bunnell, 24.

Bunnell was charged with illegal possession of Methadone and Citalopram, a prescription drug, and knowingly being present where heroin was kept.

According to his booking slip, Arroyo was charged with three counts of illegal possession of cocaine, trafficking heroin, illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, carrying a firearm without a license and three outstanding warrants.

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