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News Release
July 8, 2003

Seven Lowell Individuals Arrested on Drug Distribution Charges

Boston, MA...Seven Lowell individuals were charged today in federal court with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Cocaine Base.

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; Edward F. Davis III, Chief of the Lowell Police Department; Colonel Thomas J. Foley, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced today that Antonio CAMACHO of 37 Canton Street, Lowell, Iscail RIVERA of 479 South Broadway #22, Lawrence, Jose LEBRON address unknown, Daniel AGUILAR, address unknown, Elizabeth GONZALEZ of 37 Canton Street, Lowell, Miguel COLINDRES of 952 Bridge Street, Lowell and Cristian MAURICO PABON of 231 Liberty Street, #206, Lowell, were charged with Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and Cocaine Base.

"There is good news for the citizens of Lowell. This morning people, who chose to traffic crack cocaine and heroin in Lowell, have been taken off the street. DEA is committed to the citizens of Lowell and we will continue to use our resources to combat drugs in this community," said DEA Special Agent in Charge Trouville. "This successful investigation was the direct result of hard work by DEA agents, Task Force Officers and our law enforcement partners, the Lowell Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police."

United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan said, "This morning's arrests in Lowell exemplify how effective joint law enforcement investigations can be. The collaboration between the Lowell Police Department, DEA and State Police, demonstrates Chief Davis' commitment to keeping the streets of Lowell safe and drug-free."

The complaint alleges that the defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired with one another to possess, with intent to distribute, quantities of cocaine and cocaine base. Following a three month investigation, the DEA, Lowell Police Department and MA State Police, executed search warrants at nine locations, recovering over 100 grams of cocaine base and over 100 grams of heroin were seized, as well as ammunition, U.S. currency, documents and other records detailing the purchases of cocaine and heroin and documents confirming travel.

If convicted on these charges, CAMACHO, RIVERA, LEBRON, AGUILAR, GONZALEZ, COLINDRES and PABON each potentially face 10 years minimum mandatory prison sentences, to be followed by at least 5 years of supervised release and fines of no more than 4 million dollars.

The case was investigated by the DEA, Lowell Police Department and Massachusetts State Police Assigned to the Attorney General's Office.

Press Contact S/A Anthony Pettigrew, 617-557-2138

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