The Tewksbury Police Department continued to wage a determined war on local drug trafficking with two more arrests on Wednesday.
Benjamin Torres-Ramos, 30, of 247 Salem St, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a class B substance (crack and cocaine) subsequent offense, and possession with the intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin).
The arrest came after Tewksbury Police Detectives stopped Torres-Ramos' vehicle around 3 p.m. for a motor vehicle violation on South Street. After speaking to Torres-Ramos, detectives suspected Torres-Ramos was involved in drug activity and called in Police K-9 Geox to search his vehicle.
"(Geox) gave an indication that narcotics were present inside the vehicle and detectives were able to locate several bags of narcotics which included, heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine," said Police Chief Timothy Sheehan.
Detectives also determined that while Torres-Ramos had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, he had several aliases. According to Tewksbury Police, Torres-Ramos had previously used the names "Omar Sanchez," "Luis Dejesus," "Luis Ruiz," "Nelson Villaga" and "Luis Dejesus-Ruiz."
Torres-Ramos was arraigned at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13.
That same day police arrested Stacy Matranga, 19, of 24 Juniper Lane, Tewksbury and charged her with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone) and conspiracy.
According to Sheehan, detectives were conducting surveillance on Helvetia Street and saw a suspicious vehicle. They then observed what they believed to be a drug transaction.
Detectives approached Matranga and learned she had sold oxycodone pills from her vehicle.
According to Sheehan, Matranga has a history of drug dealing in Tewksbury. On Oct. 5, 2012, she was arrested and charged with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone).
Matranga was arraigned on the new charges at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13.
These latest drug arrests by Tewksbury detectives come on the heels of arrests prompted by surveillance conducted on Woburn Street, the Walmart parking lot and the Home Depot parking lot in recent weeks.