I wish I was kidding, but that’s the charge, and it’s a 3- to 15-year felony.
It’s also not the most serious charge filed in this case, though it’s probably the most disgusting.
This story started Saturday about 12:15 p.m., when detectives in the Special Investigations Unit, aka Vice Unit, stopped a Mitsubishi Endeavor near Chelmsford and Plain streets in Lowell as a result of an ongoing investigation.
Inside the Endeavor, detectives found 472 grams of cocaine, almost half a kilo, as well as a loaded large-capacity 9mm handgun, according to Capt. Jonathan Webb, who oversees the Special Investigations Section.
Freddie Morales-Lugo, 30, of 11 Grove St., Haverhill, was arrested as a result and charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine in a school zone, unlawful possession of a large-capacity weapon, unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, unlawful possession of ammunition, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and illegal possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
The trafficking charge, since it’s over 200 grams, has a mandatory minimum sentence of 15-years in prison. Good luck with that, Freddie.
The investigation wasn’t over, though.
As a result of the investigation, police were also conducting surveillance on a home at 16 Barclay Street in Lowell while detectives did the paperwork to get a search warrant for that address.
While watching the home, police saw Yina Gonzalez, 31, of 16 Barclay St., give a trash bag to a 10-year-old boy, who then walked away from the property, according to Webb. Police stopped the boy and spoke to him, and had a canine sniff the bag. Webb said the canine indicated there were drugs in the bag.
Inside police found cocaine residue, a digital scale and about $3,000 in cash, according to Webb.
Once the warrant was obtained, detectives found an even larger amount of cash inside the home, hidden in a toilet, Webb said. The money was wet due to its hiding spot, so it hasn’t been counted yet as I type this. Police also found a .357 revolver, and and several dozen rounds of both .357 ammunition and 9mm ammunition, according to Webb.
Gonzalez was charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine, trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine in a school zone, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and, finally, distribution of cocaine to a minor.
Gonzalez and Morales-Lugo were both held without bail over the weekend. They will be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.
Police contacted DCF to look after the 10-year-old.