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5 arraigned in connection with drug-ring conspiracy in Lawrence, Methuen





Five people were arraigned for allegedly running an opioid trafficking ring in Methuen and Lawrence, according to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office.

The suspects were arrested Tuesday on charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy, prosecutors said in a statement. During an investigation leading to the arrests, police seized nearly 2,000 oxycodone pills and over 200 grams of cocaine, prosecutors said.

The suspects were arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Wednesday, where they each pled not guilty to the charges.

Edgar Candelario, 34, of Lawrence, was charged with three counts of distributing oxycodone, four counts of trafficking oxycodone, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $25,000 cash.

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Encebio Esperitusanto, 42, of Methuen, was charged with two counts of trafficking oxycodone and one count each of trafficking cocaine and conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $10,000 cash.

Yohannel Gil, 28, of Lowell, was charged with five counts of distributing oxycodone, five counts of trafficking oxycodone, and one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Marco Martinez, 45, of Lawrence, was charged with three counts of trafficking oxycodone, and one count each of distributing oxycodone, trafficking cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws. His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Betsaida Valentin, 44, of Lawrence, was charged with two counts of trafficking oxycodone, and one count each of distributing oxycodone and trafficking cocaine. Her bail was set at $15,000 cash.

A probable cause hearing was scheduled for July 13.

Laney Ruckstuhl can be reached at laney.ruckstuhl@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laneyruckstuhl.




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