Police Find Over a Pound of Heroin in Traffic Stop

State Police pulled over a motor vehicle on Interstate 495 in Andover and found over 600 grams of heroin.

A State Police trooper noticed a minivan on the Interstate 495 in Andover with windows that looked a little too tinted this past Saturday. After stopping the motor vehicle, the trooper discovered that the operator was driving without a valid license -- and that he had over a pound of heroin in a hidden compartment in the vehicle.

Luis Sanchez-Moreta was arrested charged with Trafficking Heroin, giving a false name to police, Unlicensed Operation, three outstanding warrants, and cited for excessive window tint. He was a previously deported felon and is wanted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Xiomara Ortiz, the female passenger, was charged with her previous warrant, Trafficking Heroine, giving a false name to police, Possession of a Class E substance, and cited for a Seatbelt Violation.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Daniel Doiron Jr. pulled over the minivan around 5 p.m. this past Saturday for excessive tint. During the stop he noticed that the Sanchez-Moreta had given him a fraudulent ID and that the female passenger had pill bottles with labels ripped off.

After calling backup, Doiron Jr. arrested both Sanchez-Moreta and Ortiz.

Given the amount of cash found in the vehicle, over $6,000, Doiron Jr. requested a canine search of the vehicle. The minivan was taken to Cody's Towing in Lawrence and given a search with a K-9 unit.

The search uncovered 604 grams of heroin in a hidden compartment.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »