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3 Arrested In Southbridge After Month-Long Drug Investigation

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Edwin Estrada, Crisleonel Cuzado-Plaza & Janet Colon-Cintron/Southbridge Police Department

District Attorney Joe Early Jr.’s office has announced three people were arraigned in Dudley District Court on Thursday on drug charges after a month-long investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office and Southbridge Police.

Among the arrested were, 24 year old Edwin Estrada of 2 Cross Street in Southbridge.  He pleaded not guilty to charges of distribution of a class A substance (heroin), possession of a class B substance (cocaine), and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Also charged was 20 year old Crisleonel Cuzado-Plaza, of the same address, pleading not guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute a class B substance (cocaine), possession with intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin), and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

A third person, 44 year old Janet Colon-Cintron, also of the same apartment, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession with intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin), and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Judge Timothy Bibaud set bail at $1,000 for Estrada, $470 for Cusado-Plaza and $250 for Cintron and continued all three cases to April 18th.  Bail had been requested at $5,000 for each defendant.

Southbridge Police and the District Attorney’s office says the joint investigation culminated yesterday with the arrest of Estrada after an alleged sale of heroin on the street.  The other 2 were arrested at home after a search warrant was executed.

D.A. Early’s office says approximately 10 grams of a white rock substance consistent with crack cocaine, and 15 wax baggie bundles of a tan powder consistent with heroin were seized along with cash, a digital scale, packaging material and rubber bands.

Another search warrant was served on a vehicle belonging to  Cuzado-Plaza also produced 16 knotted baggies containing a white rock substance consistent with crack cocaine and 10 wax bags containing a substance consistent with heroin.

In addition to the Southbridge Police Department, the Narcotics Division of the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the District Attorney’s Office, State Police K-9 Unit and Charlton Police all assisted in this investigation.