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Alleged Fentanyl Trafficker Held on $500G Bail After Tewksbury Arrest

September 21, 2018

Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- A 35-year-old Lawrence man who is in the country illegally was ordered held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment Friday on charges he and his wife sold 43 grams of Fentanyl to an undercover Tewksbury police detective, according to court records.

Freddy DeJesus was charged with trafficking Fentanyl and several other drug charges after he sold the Fentanyl and a small amount of heroin to an undercover detective on Thursday afternoon in the area of Apache Way.

DeJesus’ wife, Martha Perez, 34, was also charged because she drove the vehicle DeJesus was in and was present when the drug deal took place, according to police reports.

Both live at 809 Essex St., in Lawrence, with their four children who are 17, 10, 9, and 8, according to a police report. The couple told police their 17-year-old was watching their other children while they drove to Tewksbury to meet with a detective who had posed as a drug buyer in telephone calls that set up the deal, according to a police report which says the Department of Children and Families was notified of the arrests.

Police reports say DeJesus sold the undercover detective 43 grams of Fentanyl and 1.5 grams of heroin for $1,000 while Perez sat in the driver’s seat of the Honda CRV where the deal took place.

After DeJesus was taken to the Tewksbury police station, officers found another 3 grams of heroin and one gram of crack cocaine in the back seat of the police cruiser DeJesus was transported in, according to a police report. DeJesus eventually admitted to officers that those drugs were hidden in his underwear before he was placed in the cruiser, according to a police report.

Judge Ellen Caulo ordered DeJesus held on $500,000 cash bail at his arraignment Friday in Lowell District Court, according to court records. She ordered Perez held on $75,000 cash bail, according to court records.

Police reports say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement faxed police a detainer for DeJesus following his arrest because DeJesus is in the country illegally.

Both DeJesus and Perez are due back in Lowell District Court for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 18.

Court records indicate police are seeking forfeiture of $1,678 in cash and two cellphones that were found on DeJesus.

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