Shrewsbury man arrested for drug trafficking, faces multiple charges

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SHREWSBURY — A routine security check at a local storage facility led to the arrest of a man on charges of drug trafficking and other offenses early Tuesday morning.

At about 2:17 a.m., Officer Ljunggren of the Shrewsbury Police Department was conducting a check at the Cube Smart Self Storage on 757 Boston Turnpike.

The officer noticed a vehicle parked in front of an open storage unit with a man inside.

Upon closer inspection, the vehicle’s license plate and inspection sticker appeared to be altered.

The man, later identified as Alexander Quinonez, 41, of Worcester, initially provided a false name and was unable to provide the vehicle owner’s information.

Further investigation revealed Quinonez had four outstanding warrants for his arrest.

A search of the vehicle uncovered two scales and a significant quantity of drugs, including 27 grams of cocaine, over 18 grams of crack cocaine, over 9 grams of fentanyl, and 27 unidentified pills pending lab analysis.

Officers also seized $2,158 in cash under the authority of the Massachusetts Controlled Substance Act, which allows confiscation of funds related to drug distribution.

Quinonez was arrested on the four warrants and faces additional charges, including trafficking of Class B substances (cocaine and crack cocaine), possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute, possession of a Class E substance with intent to distribute, providing a false ID to police, and uttering a false RMV document.

Officers Anding, Mattero, and Lieutenant Cameron assisted in the arrest.

The Shrewsbury Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

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