Methuen Police Remove Young Child From City Home After Drug Arrests

Officers from the Methuen Police Department's narcotics and gang unit executed a search warrant, netting drugs, a gun and cash. (Courtesy photograph)

Officers from the Methuen Police Department's narcotics and gang unit executed a search warrant, netting drugs, a gun and cash. (Courtesy photograph)

A young child was removed from an apartment on Methuen’s Willow Street Wednesday after police raided the home and seized fentanyl, cocaine, a semi-automatic handgun and nearly $2,000, officials tell WHAV.

The department’s narcotics and gang unit executed a search warrant at 10 Willow St., near Howard Playstead Park, as part of an ongoing investigation under the direction of Sgt. Eric Deleon. According to Capt. James Jajuga Jr., Deleon’s team entered the home to find 53 bags of fentanyl totaling nearly 57 grams and 10 bags (seven grams) of cocaine. They also recovered a gun and $1,940 in cash.

During the apartment search, police located a young child and referred details of the incident to the Department of Children and Families.

As a result of the raid, 29-year-old Edgar Arias was arrested and charged with three counts of fentanyl distribution and alleged fentanyl trafficking, among other warrant-related offenses.

Twenty-eight-year-old Chelimar Gonzalez, also of Methuen, was arrested and charged with unlicensed possession of a firearm.

Both are expected to be arraigned this week in Lawrence District Court.