2 charged in Massachusetts cocaine trafficking

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LAWRENCE (AP) - Two men have been arrested and charged with drug trafficking after a task force of law enforcement officers intercepted 11 kilos of cocaine worth $500,000 at a produce warehouse in Lawrence.

State police received information that cocaine was hidden in produce boxes en route from the Dominican Republic to Lawrence, and surveillance was set up at a warehouse Saturday.

Authorities say around 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the business' owner, 60-year-old Miguel Betances, pulled up in an SUV and that he and 50-year-old Francisco Gonzalez began loading boxes into it.

Officers converged on them as they drove away. Packets of suspected cocaine were found hidden in the boxes. More was at the warehouse.

Betances and Gonzalez have been charged with trafficking and drug violations. It wasn't immediately known if they have lawyers.


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