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Three men charged with trafficking opiate pills in Norwood

Posted by Natalie Feulner  June 12, 2012 05:11 PM

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Norwood police said they have arrested three men -- one from Dedham and two from Florida -- on drug trafficking charges and confiscated several hundred pills worth thousands of dollars.

Giovanni Ibanez, 27, of Dedham, Humberto Torres, 43, of Miami, and Chris Hubler, 57, also of Miami, were arrested Monday following an investigation by two plainclothes officers. The two officers, part of the department’s anti-crime unit, were assigned to investigate the sale of drugs in areas known for high drug activity, according to a news release from the department.

The news release said the officers saw several “subjects acting in a suspicious manner .. consistent to that of a drug trade" while on assignment in one of those areas near the Rama Shopping Center on Washington Street. The officers saw the men enter and exit a pharmacy and then make a few phone calls. The officers then spoke with the pharmacy staff, who informed them that one of the men had just filled a prescription for Oxycodone, police said.

Police did not say whether the prescription was legitimate or not, just that it was written out to one of the three men.

The Norwood officers called in additional detectives from the Norfolk County Police Anti-Crime Task Force and then spoke with the three men.

Police found that one of the men was carrying a pill bottle prescribed to another and arrested Ibanez and Torres. Hubler was initially placed "under surveillance" but later arrested after a second pill bottle prescribed to him was discovered on one of the other two during their booking, police said.

Authorities estimated the pills contained in the two bottles to have a street value of up to $9,000. All three men were then arrested and charged with trafficking opiates.

Natalie Feulner can be reached at natalie.feulner@gmail.com.

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