Haverhill High Student Takes Home $4,300 from Valley Patriot Readers at Annual Charity BASH

Haverhill High Student Takes Home $4,300 from  Valley Patriot Readers at Annual Charity BASH

Haverhill High School Senior Maxwell Bourque received two scholarships and a check in the amount of $4,300 at the Valley Patriot’s 18th Anniversary BASH Scholarship and Award Night. Bourque took home a $1,000 scholarship from the New England Police Benevolent Association (Thanks to Jerry Flynn and the board) kicking off the first annual Dan Strange […]

Trinitarios Gang Member From Lawrence Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison for Trafficking 27 Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine and Crack 

Trinitarios Gang Member From Lawrence Sentenced to More than Five Years in Prison for Trafficking 27 Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine and Crack 

BOSTON – An alleged member of the Trinitarios street gang was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking firearms, ammunition, heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine in the Greater Lawrence area. Jose Omar Hernandez-Aragones, 24, of Lawrence, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 70 months in […]

Dracut Construction Business Owner James P. Enwright Sentenced for Tax Fraud

Dracut Construction Business Owner James P. Enwright Sentenced for Tax Fraud

Defendant failed to report over $2.8 million of business income in tax filings and paid millions of dollars in under-the-table wages for nearly seven years   4/1/2 BOSTON – The owner of a commercial and residential construction business in Dracut was sentenced yesterday for an income diversion and payroll tax scheme resulting in a tax […]

Andover, Lawrence Man Among 6 Indicted in Northern New England Fentanyl Trafficking Operation

Andover, Lawrence Man Among 6 Indicted in Northern New England Fentanyl Trafficking Operation

Alleged conspiracy spanned from Massachusetts to New Hampshire and Maine BOSTON – Six individuals have been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with a fentanyl trafficking operation that spanned across northern New England. Randell Starlin Medina Rodriguez, 26, of Andover, Mass.; Williams Colon Sanchez, 26, or Lawrence, Mass.; Douglas Morris, 31, of Bangor, […]

Ruben Mejia, (28) of Lawrence Sentenced for Distributing Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl

Ruben Mejia, (28) of Lawrence Sentenced for Distributing Counterfeit Prescription Pills Containing Fentanyl

Mejia disguised fentanyl pills as oxycodone pills and concealed them in a baby diaper BOSTON – A Lawrence man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with distributing counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. Ruben Mejia, 28, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge William G. Young to 45 months in prison and […]

Karen Silva-Brown (56), of Methuen Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

Karen Silva-Brown (56), of Methuen Arrested for Stealing Social Security Benefits

BOSTON – A Methuen woman was arrested  yesterday in connection with stealing Social Security benefits intended for her child. Karen Silva-Brown, 56, was indicted on one count of theft of public funds. Silva-Brown was released on conditions following an initial appearance yesterday afternoon before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein. According to the […]

Trinitarios Gang Member from Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Multiple Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine and Fentanyl

Trinitarios Gang Member from Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Multiple Guns, Ammunition, Cocaine and Fentanyl

Convicted felon sold at least 16 guns, ammunition and drugs to a cooperating witness BOSTON – A member of the Trinitarios street gang pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston in connection with trafficking firearms, ammunition, cocaine and fentanyl in the Greater Lawrence area. Arismendy Gil-Padilla, 31, of Lawrence, pleaded guilty to two counts […]

Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Lawrence pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to conspiracy and distribution charges involving large quantities of fentanyl. Ysrael Nunez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl; one count of distribution […]

Boxford Plumbing Company Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud

Boxford Plumbing Company Owner Charged with Tax Evasion and Mail Fraud

Defendant allegedly fraudulently billed customers and evaded taxes by cashing or depositing over $1.45 million in customer payments into personal bank accounts BOSTON – A Boxford businessman was charged today and has agreed to plead guilty to defrauding the government of more than $1.45 million by engaging in a multi-year tax evasion scheme and to […]

Methuen Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

Methuen Man Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy

Defendant sold drugs to undercover agent on five separate occasions BOSTON – A Methuen man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to selling a fentanyl and acetyl fentanyl mixture to an undercover agent on five occasions. Andi Guerrero-Lara, a/k/a “Manny Sierra,” 24, pleaded guilty to a seven count superseding indictment charging him with […]

21 Charged in Connection with Multistate Coke and Fentanyl Conspiracy

21 Charged in Connection with Multistate Coke and Fentanyl Conspiracy

Lawrence, Haverhill Area Raids Net Over 10 kilograms of cocaine and $200K cash seized during investigation BOSTON – Twenty-one individuals have been charged in connection with a large-scale drug trafficking conspiracy involving cocaine, fentanyl and other controlled substances with activity that spanned across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Puerto Rico. According to the charging […]

Illegal Alien, Michel Saredi-Munoz Morta of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy

Illegal Alien, Michel Saredi-Munoz Morta of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Cocaine Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national recently residing in Lawrence pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to her role in a cocaine distribution conspiracy. Michel Saredi-Munoz Morta, 21, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. U.S. Senior District Court Judge […]

Civil Service Blasts Methuen Officials for Bypassing Female Firefighter, Councilor Had Conflicts of Interest

Civil Service Blasts Methuen Officials for Bypassing Female Firefighter, Councilor Had Conflicts of Interest

11/19/21 The Massachusetts Civil Service Commission blasted City of Methuen officials for the handling of promotions in the fire department and passing over female Firefighter Tracy Blanchette, for a captain’s promotion calling the city’s actions “intolerable” and “extraordinary”. SEE FULL DECISION HERE  Civil Service Commissioner Cynthia A. Ittleman admonished every level of Methuen city government in the “flawed […]

Illegal Alien Michael Saredi-Munoz Morta of Lawrence Charged with Cocaine Conspiracy

Illegal Alien Michael Saredi-Munoz Morta of Lawrence Charged with Cocaine Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national recently residing in Lawrence was charged yesterday in federal court in Boston in connection with a cocaine distribution conspiracy. Michael Saredi-Munoz Morta, 21, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. According to charging documents, in or […]