Andover Police Arrest Man for Cocaine Trafficking, Using Stolen Identity

ANDOVER — Chief Patrick Keefe reports that the Andover Police Department arrested a man yesterday on drug-related charges and for using a stolen identity.
  • Distribution of a Class A Substance (Heroin)
  • Trafficking a Class B Substance (Cocaine)
  • Giving a False Name During Booking
  • False Application for Motor Vehicle License
  • False Application for a Motor Vehicle Registration
On Tuesday, July 31, Andover Police detectives, in conjunction with the DEA Cross Borders Initiative Task Force, were conducting an investigation into suspected drug dealing in the Shawsheen Heights neighborhood after receiving numerous complaints of drug activity from neighbors.


Through a three-month long investigation, undercover officers were able to make contact with PIMENTAL and conduct a controlled drug transaction. PIMENTAL was subsequently stopped in his vehicle and placed under arrest. Officers seized 28 grams of suspected cocaine and a small amount of suspected heroin.


At the time of his arrest, PIMENTAL provided a Massachusetts driver’s license that identified him as Juan Carlos Morrera, as well as a motor vehicle registration that came back to the name Morrera.


Upon further investigation, detectives discovered the person in custody was not Morrera, and PIMENTAL was using a stolen identity from an individual in Puerto Rico. PIMENTAL, who is from the Dominican Republic, allegedly purchased Morrera’s information when he illegally crossed the Mexican border into the United States in 2014. He then used the information to obtain a driver’s license, credit cards and during booking for previous crimes committed.


PIMENTAL was held pending his arraignment at Lawrence District Court. This is an active and ongoing investigation and additional charges are pending.


“I want to commend our detectives and partner law enforcement agencies for the outstanding police work on this case,” said Andover Police Lt. Edward J. Guy. “There is a real problem with people using stolen identities and committing crimes under those names, and I am glad we will have the opportunity to bring this case to justice.”