State troopers arrested three men and seized a kilogram of cocaine and more than $28,000 in cash after a traffic stop in Sturbridge early this morning, State Police said.
Troopers pulled over a livery van for speeding just before 6 a.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate 84 in Sturbridge, State Police said in a statement. Ferilyn Holguin, 27, of New York City was driving the Lawrence-bound van and had an outstanding arrest warrant for operating without a license. Holguin was arrested.
Holguin requested that Ramon Suero, 40, of New York City, who was a passenger in the van, take control of the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, troopers discovered Suero had a kilogram of cocaine, with a street value of $24,000, hidden under his sweater in six heat-sealed bags strung together and worn like a bandolier around his body, State Police said.
Suero was arrested and charged with trafficking cocaine.
Another passenger in the van, Manuel Perez, 44, of Lawrence, had an outstanding warrant for operating without a license, State Police said, and was arrested.
A later search of the van, which was coming from New York City, uncovered $28,050 in cash hidden in a black plastic bag.
All three will be arraigned today, State Police said, with Holguin appearing in Worcester District Court and Suero and Perez in Dudley District CourtLauren Dezenski can be reached at email@example.com