Wanted Fugitive Tries To Bond Friends Out; Lands In Jail by; Rick McCann www.privateofficer.com

HUDSON MA. Oct. 20, 2007 — Hector Nieves drove to the police station Wednesday to help bail out two men arrested on serious drug charges. Now police, after determining that he has multiple Social Security numbers and fingers that don’t yield identifiable fingerprints, have arrested him, too. Mr. Nieves, 35, of 638 Haverhill St., Lawrence, drove a woman to the police station at 7 p.m. Wednesday in her attempt to bail out the two men, one of whom allegedly had 11 aliases. Angel L. Colon, 55, of 579 Lawrence St., Lowell, and Juan Fargas, 33, of 638 Haverhill St., Lawrence, were arrested on Manning Street around 5 p.m. Wednesday after detectives were tipped off that they would be making deliveries of narcotics to area residents.

Police said they confiscated 54 grams of cocaine, 3.5 grams of heroin and $1,400 in $20, $50 and $100 bills. They are charged with possession of cocaine and heroin, possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute, trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to violate controlled substance laws, and possession of a controlled substance in or near school property. Mr. Fargas, who was driving the 1997 Chevy Lumina, also is charged with driving without a license, use of a false or stolen Registry of Motor Vehicles document, and giving a false name to police after his arrest. Mr. Nieves has been charged with driving without a license, possession and use of a false or stolen Registry of Motor Vehicles document, and giving a false name to a police officer after his arrest. Because of questions about his identity, District Court Judge Jonathan Brant ordered Mr. Nieves held without bail and scheduled a pretrial hearing Oct. 26. Police said they were unable to determine Mr. Nieves’ true identity because the tops of his fingers had been cut to alter his fingerprints. “The suspect’s fingers appeared to have been cut through the center of the print area, making identification difficult,” police wrote in the report filed with Marlboro District Court. They said a check of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services showed that he has three Social Security numbers under three names. “He has been deported and returned illegally,” police wrote in the report. “Detectives received information from Salem, N.H., police indicating that one of the identities of the suspect is a deported felon on charges they filed.” Judge Brant ordered Mr. Colon held on $1 million cash or $10 million with surety. Bail for Mr. Fargas was set at $500,000 cash or $5 million with surety. When detectives stopped Mr. Fargas’ car, they requested the assistance of a Massachusetts State Police dog. Police said the dog immediately indicated that drugs were near the rear of the front passenger seat, and the officers noticed that the front passenger seat had been modified. The officers pried open the area and a banded roll of cash and an object wrapped in aluminum foil allegedly fell out. Police said the object was marked with a piece of tape with the number 28 written on it, and that inside were four plastic bags containing a large quantity of cocaine and a foil-wrapped ball, containing a plastic bag of heroin. Police said the drugs were found within 1,000 feet of the JFK School. Police said Mr. Colon, who is from the Dominican Republic, has 11 aliases and has default warrants in New York on charges of cocaine trafficking. Mr. Fargas, a native of Puerto Rico, has two active Massachusetts driver’s licenses under two names, police said. About two hours after their arrest, Mr. Nieves, who is known to police, drove a woman to the police station in an attempt to bail out his two associates. When Detective Scott M. Chaulk walked out of the station, he recognized Mr. Nieves and placed him under arrest, Police Chief Richard A. Braga said. He said Mr. Nieves and Mr. Fargas have been persons of interest in an ongoing narcotics investigation that has spanned several years. He credited the alertness of Detective Chaulk and fellow officers for the arrests. “These are people we believe have been dealing drugs for quite some time. It was a great bust,” the chief said.

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