Salem Men Among 11 Arrested in Connection With North Shore Drug Ring

11 people were arraigned in Salem Superior Court Thursday in connection with a drug trafficking ring operating on the North Shore.

Salem Patch file photo.
Salem Patch file photo.

A two-year investigation into an alleged drug trafficking ring that was operating on the North Shore included the undercover purchase of more than 4,000 pills, a representative of the Essex District Attorney's office said Friday morning. 

Three Salem men were among the 11 people arraigned in Salem Superior Court Thursday afternoon in connection with the alleged drug trafficking ring, Carrie Kimball-Monahan, Director of Communications for the Essex District Attorney’s Office, said Friday.

Members of the Salem, Peabody, Lynn and Danvers police departments assisted the DEA in conducting the investigation, Kimball-Manahan said.

Arraigned in Salem Superior Court Thursday were

  • Willmi Espinal, 25, of 20 Summit St., Salem. 
  • Jason Gentry, 33, of 5 Station Road, Salem.
  • Manuel Moya, 24, of 235 North St. #1, Salem.
  • Albert Moore, 43, of 49 Hale St. #3, Beverly.
  • David Soucy, 36, of 7 Garden St., Danvers.
  • Anthony Hernandez, 33, of 34 Clement Ave., Peabody.
  • Grejtis Osmanaj, 24, address unavailable, Peabody.
  • Celton Pelaez, 38, of 84 Aborn St. #2408, Peabody.
  • Sonia Aoube, 29, of 32 Columbia Ave., Lynn.
  • Henry Hernandez, 37, of 32 Columbia Ave., Lynn.
  • Anny Cruz, 31, of 247 Concord St., Manchester, N.H.
Individual charges were not immediately available. 

Salem Patch will post additional information as it becomes available. 
Drew January 24, 2014 at 03:39 PM
Station Road again and same dude!
Brian T January 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM
The Salem News said Jason Gentry of Station Rd was a former Constable. It's a shame when people who pretend to stand for the law go around breaking them. And I don't mean just little stuff, jaywalking or parking violations; I mean the big stuff like this or pornography or worse yet violent acts.
michele January 25, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Zero tolerance for drugs In Salem. Get the message...stay out of salem or you will end up behind bars.
Lilly January 26, 2014 at 10:30 PM
I wonder why my comment got deleted... Must not look good for the editor


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