Tewksbury Police Win Two More Battles In War on Drugs

Two alleged dealers face charges; Oxycodone, crack, heroin seized.

The Tewksbury Police Department continued to wage a determined war on local drug trafficking with two more arrests on Wednesday.

Benjamin Torres-Ramos, 30, of 247 Salem St, 3rd Floor, Lawrence, was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a class B substance (crack and cocaine) subsequent offense, and possession with the intent to distribute a class A substance (heroin).

The arrest came after Tewksbury Police Detectives stopped Torres-Ramos' vehicle around 3 p.m. for a motor vehicle violation on South Street.  After speaking to Torres-Ramos, detectives suspected Torres-Ramos was involved in drug activity and called in Police K-9 Geox to search his vehicle.

"(Geox) gave an indication that narcotics were present inside the vehicle and detectives were able to locate several bags of narcotics which included, heroin, crack cocaine and powder cocaine," said Police Chief Timothy Sheehan. 

Detectives also determined that while Torres-Ramos had a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, he had several aliases. According to Tewksbury Police, Torres-Ramos had previously used the names "Omar Sanchez," "Luis Dejesus," "Luis Ruiz," "Nelson Villaga" and "Luis Dejesus-Ruiz." 

Torres-Ramos was arraigned at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13. 

That same day police arrested Stacy Matranga, 19, of 24 Juniper Lane, Tewksbury and charged her with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone) and conspiracy.    

According to Sheehan, detectives were conducting surveillance on Helvetia Street and saw a suspicious vehicle. They then observed what they believed to be a drug transaction.

Detectives approached Matranga and learned she had sold oxycodone pills from her vehicle. 

According to Sheehan, Matranga has a history of drug dealing in Tewksbury. On Oct. 5, 2012, she was arrested and charged with distribution of a class B substance (oxycodone), possession of a class B substance (oxycodone). 

Matranga was arraigned on the new charges at Lowell District Court on Thursday, Dec. 13.

These latest drug arrests by Tewksbury detectives come on the heels of arrests prompted by surveillance conducted on Woburn Street, the Walmart parking lot and the Home Depot parking lot in recent weeks.


Michele Matranga December 19, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Nicely said! Merry Christmas to you and your family and may you stay safe and healthy. My niece Stacy will be fine with love and guidance which she will get from her family. Thank you for the kind words and fair judgement!
Danielle December 28, 2012 at 04:28 PM
This is whats wrong with the judicial system. It would appear from what you are saying she is getting away with selling drugs on a technicality. I dont care if it was 1 or 100 if they are not hers and she is in posession of them and selling them, isnt that illegal. "Lack of product" what a joke!
Michele Matranga December 29, 2012 at 05:50 AM
Can you tell me why Stacy's face is posted on the patch and on the police website. We have two grown men arrested for child porn and no pictures posted. Well talk about special treatment. I have a sixteen year old daughter and would like to know what they look like. Does it matter if they have great jobs and live in luxury homes. Apparently so. Lets get these pictures posted and start being fair.
Bill Gilman December 29, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Hi Michele, the police department did not release copies of the booking photos but we will be asking for and/or getting photos as we continue coverage. I can guarantee you, no special treatment on this end.
Michele Matranga December 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Thanks Bill, if we don't see it soon, I myself will go down the police station and request it. I drop my daughter off every morning at Catamount and will not leave her alone to wait for the bus and this guys are yards away.


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