$65K worth of heroin seized in Athol

(Photo Courtesy: Northwestern District Attorney's Office)

ATHOL, Mass. (WWLP) – A 52-year-old man from Lawrence was arrested in Athol Wednesday evening after police stopped him from delivering approximately 100 grams of heroin.

According to Mary Carey of the Northwestern DA’s office, Julio Morales was stopped and arrested by members of the Northwestern Anti-Crime Task Force in Athol around 5:47 p.m. Wednesday.

Julio Morales (Photo Courtesy: Northwestern District Attorney's Office)
Julio Morales (Photo Courtesy: Northwestern District Attorney’s Office)

Carey said that police estimate the retail street value of the heroin to be well in excess of $65,000 in the Athol area.

Morales had recently been released jail after serving a 7 to 9 year state prison sentence for a similar drug offense in Middlesex County

“We applaud this latest success of the Task Force,” said Jeremy Bucci, Chief Trial Counsel for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.  “Its members continue to do all they can to identify and arrest those responsible for poisoning this community with this dangerous drug.  This community cannot tolerate those who bring large quantities of heroin to our doorstep solely to line their own pockets.”

Carey said Morales is being held on $100,000 cash bail and will be arraigned in Orange District Court on charges of trafficking in heroin over 36 grams.

Members of the task force led by Massachusetts State Police Sergeant Chris Ray and the case officer Athol Police Officer Jarret Mousseau converged on Morales (AKA “Face”) when he arrived in Athol in a motor vehicle ready to deliver the heroin.

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