3 New Jersey men arrested on drug charges in Massachusetts

1 woman was also arrested, but claimed not to know the suspects

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police arrested 3 men from New Jersey on Saturday after a suspected drug deal in a Friendly’s parking lot in Sturbridge.

According to the State Police Media Relations, Trooper Daniel Pelletier and his Field Training Officer, Trooper Sergio Figueiredo, were patrolling Route 84 in Sturbridge, around 4:20 p.m. Saturday, when they saw a white Toyota Avalon moving “erratically.”

The troopers later identified the 3 men in the Avalon as 28-year-old Joseph Morales, 28-year-old Fernando Negron, both from Jersey City, NJ, and 30-year-old Elias Abreu of North Bergen, NJ. Morales was the driver.

After getting off the highway “abruptly,” the troopers saw the Avalon enter the parking lot of a Friendly’s restaurant. Then, a white Nissan Altima pulled up next to the Avalon, and the driver, 38-year-old Michele DeLeo of Worcester, was seen speaking with the 3 men.

State Police said Abreu got into Deleo’s car with a duffel bag before the Avalon left the parking lot. While Trooper Figueiredo pulled over the Avalon, Sturbridge Police Officer Adam Szymanski stopped the Altima from leaving the parking lot, and questioned Deleo and Abreu. DeLeo allegedly claimed she didn’t know Abreu, who was sitting in the back seat.

Troopers allegedly found various pieces of narcotics paraphernalia while investigating the Avalon, and Sturbridge officers allegedly found various containers of pills, powder-like substances, and what looked like marijuana while investigating the Altima and the duffle bag.

Morales, Negron, and Abreu were arrested and charged with the following offenses:

  • Possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute
  • Possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute (2 counts)
  • Trafficking in cocaine
  • Trafficking in heroin
  • Trafficking in methamphetamine
  • Conspiracy to violate drug law

All 3 men were taken to the State Police Barracks in Sturbridge for booking, and were scheduled to be arraigned this week at Dudley District Court. Police said Deleo will be summonsed to court to face a charge of possessing a Class B substance with intent to distribute.

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