Updated: Hadley West Arrests Net $95K in Heroin, Other Drugs

Article is updated with details of the arrests and drugs seized.

Police seized heroin and other drugs with an estimated street value of more than $95,000 after arresting two area men Thursday morning at the Hadley West apartment complex off Lowell Avenue.

Haverhill Police, working with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Cross Borders Task Force, arrested Wilkins Martinez, 33, of Methuen on an outstanding warrant, charging him with trafficking heroin, distribution of a class B drug and conspiracy to violate drug laws, said Haverhill Police Detective Lieutenant Robert Pistone.

During the arrest Martinez was  in possession of 26 fingers of heroin (approximately 260 grams) with a street value of $20,000 and approximately 2,500 30mg oxycodone pills with a street value of approximately $75,000.

Martinez was additionally charged with major trafficking of heroin over 200 grams, resisting arrest as, police said, he tried to run, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and trafficking more than 200 grams of oxycodone. Detectives also seized $1,300 from Martinez, Pistone said.

During this arrest, detectives observed an unrelated, secondary drug deal which lead to the arrest of Diogenes Santana, 24, 500 Hadley West Haverhill. Santana was charged with possession of class B (50 oxycodone pills) with intent to distribute. Detectives also seized $4,465 from Santana.

The arrests occurred at 10:46 a.m., Thursday. Both men were due to be arraigned in Haverhill District Court.

In other police news, a Haverhill teenager is due to appear in juvenile court to face shoplifting charges after his arrest by Haverhill Police Thursday afternoon at the Westgate shopping plaza, 400 Lowell Avenue. Police report the 14-year-old male was taken into custody shortly after 2 p.m., Thursday, and charged with two counts of shoplifting. His identity is being withheld due to his age.

3 thoughts on “Updated: Hadley West Arrests Net $95K in Heroin, Other Drugs

  1. It is getting worse every month. Haverhill leaders had better “react” quick or this will get out of hand very fast. They need to hire more cops and fast. They should try offering a little bit more money and maybe they will get more qualified applicants.