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Mass. man arrested in city allegedly trafficked large volumes of drugs

New Hampshire Union Leader

July 18. 2018 10:01PM

MANCHESTER — A Massachusetts man arrested in Manchester Wednesday morning was allegedly part of a drug trafficking network that distributed kilo-level quantities of heroin/fentanyl and cocaine throughout the Bay State, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced.

Authorities said Edwin Rivera, 51, of Lynn, Mass., was arrested during a warrant-authorized search of a building at 363 Chestnut St., Manchester. The investigation involved Manchester police, the Massachusetts attorney general, Massachusetts State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Manchester police said.

Rivera operated an unspecified commercial business at the Chestnut Street location, according to a statement issued by Healy.

The investigation also resulted in the arrest of Jassiel Manuel Castillo, 45, of Lawrence, Mass., and the seizure of 750 grams of cocaine and 225 grams of heroin-fentanyl.

According to Healy’s office, Castillo allegedly delivered kilo-level quantities of the drugs on behalf of Rivera.

“Rivera allegedly maintained a stash house in Lynn, where he stored narcotics and proceeds from drug distribution, and operated a commercial business in Manchester where he was arrested this morning,” the statement reads.

The building at 363 Chestnut St. includes a street-level storefront where restaurants frequently open and close. An apartment appears to occupy the second floor.

A Manchester District Court judge issued a search warrant for the property on Wednesday, and the raid took place about 6 a.m., Manchester police said.

Police said Massachusetts authorities have charged Rivera with conspiracy to violate drug laws, and he was arrested on a fugitive warrant. He will be arraigned Thursday at Manchester District Court. Castillo was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and arriagned in Lynn District Court, where a judge set his bail at $75,000 cash.

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