LEOMINSTER – On Jan. 13, Leominster police obtained a search warrant for the apartment of Laurie Mendez and James Legault, after the couple sold crack to a confidential informant on three separate occasions.
According to Leominster Police Detective Jose Algarin’s Statement of Facts, at 2:40 p.m. on Jan. 19, members of the North Worcester County Drug Task Force, Massachusetts State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed the search warrant at the couple’s Mooreland Avenue apartment.
In the couple’s bedroom, the officers seized the following:
- 1.06 grams (gross weight) of heroin-fentanyl
- .46 grams (gross weight) of crack-cocaine
- 44 Clonidine pills
- 2 scales covered with a “white powdery residue”
- Several tiny sealable bags for drug packaging
- $1,444 in cash
Both Mendez, 49, and Legault 63, were arrested.
Mendez was charged with possession with intent to distribute Class A drug (heroin-fentanyl), possession with intent to distribute Class B drug, specifically, crack-cocaine, (subsequent offense – according to Det. Algarin, she was found guilty for the first Class B distribution offense), and possession with intent to distribute Class E drug (Clonidine).
Legault was charged with possession with intent to distribute Class A drug (heroin-fentanyl), possession with intent to distribute Class B drug, specifically, crack-cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute Class E drug (Clonidine).
Both Mendez and Legault’s bail was set at $1,040. They were arraigned in Leominster District Court on Jan. 20. The conditions of their release was $10,000 surety with the potential for bail revocation. The two are expected to appear in court again on Feb. 17 for a pretrial hearing.
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