I-84 arrest in Sturbridge yields $41,000 worth of drugs; second major bust in one day

A New York City man is facing charges after more than $41,000 worth of drugs including cocaine, heroine, and Percocet were seized from his car during a traffic stop last night, State Police said.

State Police arrested Carlos Vargas after pulling him over at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday for speeding and marked lane violations on eastbound Interstate 84. Vargas, 35, was driving with a suspended New York license.

During the search of Vargas’s car, State Police allegedly found drugs stashed in the passenger-side airbag, including 250 grams of heroin, 200 grams of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, and 79 Percocet pills. The drugs’ estimated street value is $41,300.

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Vargas faces a variety of charges, including cocaine and heroin trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. His car was towed to the State Police barracks in Sturbridge.

It was the second major drug bust in a day resulting from a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge. Early Tuesday morning, State Police arrested three men and seized a kilogram of cocaine and more than $28,000 in cash after stopping a livery van for speeding. One of the men arrested had the cocaine stashed in heat-sealed bags worn like a bandolier under his sweater.

Vargas will be arraigned in Dudley District Court today.