His street moniker makes him sound like a goofy character from a children's cartoon, but in real life, prosecutors say, a New York man dubbed "Scooby" was engaged in the potentially deadly practice of heroin dealing.
Kelvis DeJesus, 25, was arrested Thursday night after he was observed in the process of making a heroin delivery in Wakefield, prosecutors said.
He was arraigned today in Malden District Court on charges of trafficking a Class A substance over 28 grams and a drug violation in a school zone, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office said in a statement.
The judge ordered DeJesus held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail and set an April 1 probable cause hearing.
It wasn't clear whether DeJesus got his nickname from the "Scooby-Doo" cartoon series, said Jessica Venezia, a spokeswoman for the district attorney's office.
Prosecutors said State Police investigators assigned to the district attorney's office conducted electronic interception of communications in December, January, and last month, culminating with the arrests of several people last month. During that investigation, officers identified DeJesus as a long-time "heroin trafficker and supplier of heroin to this organization."
Prosecutors said that a continuing investigation of heroin trafficking in the Burlington area led investigators to believe that DeJesus would be in Wakefield to deliver heroin.
When police arrested DeJesus, he had more than 50 grams of heroin in his car, prosecutors said.
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