330 Packets of Heroin Seized in Arrest in Southbridge

330 Packets of Heroin Seized in Arrest in Southbridge

SOUTHBRIDGE – Two men were arrested on Thursday evening after members of the Southbridge Police Department witnessed a suspected transaction on Everett Street.

Upon approaching the first vehicle, 25-year-old Nicholas Harrington of Holland was witnessed holding a syringe. After he attempted to discard it, he was arrested. 

When police approached the vehicle of the other party to the transaction, 36-year-old Gary Ortiz of Southbridge was witnessed

counting a substantial amount of money. Upon searching Ortiz’s vehicle police recovered 330 packets of heroin, some $8,000 in cash, a digital scale and packaging materials. 

Both men were arrested without incident. 

Harrington was charged with possession with intent to distribute a class A controlled substance (heroin) and impeding an investigation by destruction of evidence.

Ortiz was charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of class A controlled substance (heroin). He was also charged with possession of class B controlled substance (cocaine).

330 Packets of Heroin Seized in Arrest in Southbridge 1

Nicholas Harrington

330 Packets of Heroin Seized in Arrest in Southbridge 2

Gary Ortiz


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