Watertown Police Arrest Four In Drug Probe

WATERTOWN — Four people were arrested on drug charges Thursday when a month-long investigation culminated in a raid on a Franklin Avenue home, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant at 56 Franklin Ave. with the help of a police SWAT team, police said. Two of the home's residents, Aldo Vargas and Carlos Bermudez, were arrested.

Vargas, 31, and Bermudez, 27, were both charged with numerous drug offenses and risk of injury to a minor because officers found a woman with a small child inside the residence, police said.

Police believed several other people were selling drugs out of the home, and later in the afternoon, detectives received information that those people were there. Detectives approached a vehicle at the residence at about 1:30 p.m. Police said the detectives smelled marijuana burning and removed two men from the vehicle.

Henry Vargas, 27, and Andre Hoffler, 22, were charged with two counts each of possession of narcotics with intent to sell and possession of marijuana less than 4 ounces. Detectives found crack cocaine in Vargas's pocket, police said, and Hoffler admitted to possessing heroin.

About 410 bags of heroin and more than 2 ounces of crack cocaine were seized, along with other drug paraphernalia, police said. An additional 465 bags of heroin and 3 grams of crack were found when detectives arrested Henry Vargas and Hoffler, police said.

"These arrests demonstrate our continued focus on illicit drug activity in the Watertown and Oakville area," Chief John Gavallas said in a statement. "I commend the entire detective division along with the support personal for an outstanding job on in closing down this illicit source of heroin and crack cocaine."

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