Authorities seized five kilograms of heroin and two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine on Thursday, and arrested three men believed to be part of a large drug trafficking network based in Mexico.
Massachusetts State Police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were stationed at a hotel on Route 1 in Peabody where they observed two men leave with a large duffel bag and drive away. Police stopped the vehicle on Route 1 in Saugus and found four kilograms of heroin in the duffel bag. Both men were arrested. Police located and arrested a third man, who was driving a separate vehicle, a short time later.
Authorities identified the men as Juan Nunez, 37, of New York City, Jose Morales, 43, of Haverstraw, New York, and Alfredo Lopez, 33, of Van Nuys, California, according to the Associated Press.
The state troopers and agents executed a search warrant on the men’s hotel room and found two kilograms of methamphetamine and an additional kilogram of heroin.
The total estimated value of the drugs is $1 million.
The men were charged with trafficking in narcotics and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Drug Act. In a statement, State Police said the suspects are believed to be part of a trafficking network with ties to Mexico that distributes heroin and methamphetamine to Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire.