Tewksbury police nab alleged trafficker with drugs, guns

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TEWKSBURY — The Tewksbury Police Department has arrested a 29-year-old Lawrence man on multiple drug trafficking and firearm charges, Chief Ryan Columbus announced Tuesday.

Jan Paul Baerga-Mariani faces charges including trafficking in cocaine, possession of a large capacity firearm in the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, among other offenses.

The arrest followed a targeted operation by the department’s Narcotics Unit.

Detectives, acting on intelligence from an ongoing narcotics investigation, located and apprehended Baerga-Mariani.

A subsequent search revealed approximately 208 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine, a handgun with its serial number removed, multiple magazines and loose ammunition, prescription drugs not prescribed to Baerga-Mariani, several cell phones, a quantity of cash, and other items.

Baerga-Mariani is also being held as a fugitive from justice on three outstanding warrants from Lowell and Lawrence courts and a full extradition warrant for domestic violence from Puerto Rico.

Chief Columbus lauded the efforts of his detectives and thanked the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and NEMLEC SWAT for their support in the operation.

Baerga-Mariani was booked at the Tewksbury Police Department and is being held without bail.

He is expected to face arraignment Tuesday in Lowell District Court.

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