A Peabody man is in custody after police say he sold heroin to undercover narcotics agents on multiple occasions, most recently on Wednesday in Peabody, during a multi-agency investigation.
Police seized 220 grams of heroin, worth approximately $35,000, and about $4,000 worth of cocaine, according to a statement from Peabody police Captain Dennis Bonaiuto.
Investigators also seized $20,000 in cash, two motor vehicles and "paraphernalia associated with the packaging and sale of illegal narcotics," according to Bonaiuto. Everett and Saugus K-9 units were used to search the vehicles, which turned up a "sophisticated electronic" hiding place in one of them.
Raul Sanchez, 29, of 21 Caller Street, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon following a transaction with undercover officers on Lynn Street in Peabody, police said. Bonaiuto said police later discovered that Sanchez had a three-year-old child in the car with him at the time of the sale.
The investigation began when Peabody narcotics officers received information from the DEA office in Portland, Maine, regarding the sale of drugs in Peabody and the greater North Shore.
Peabody police also collaborated with the DEA Task Force 2 Boston office, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Salem police, and K-9 units from Wilmington and Burlington.
Sanchez is charged with two counts of trafficking heroin, and was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail at his arraignment in Peabody District Court on Thursday, in addition to being held on an ICE detainer.
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