LOWELL -- A 21-year-old city man is being held on more than $10,000 cash bail after Lowell police raided his Middlesex Street home Sunday where he lived with four young children and allegedly found 37 bags of heroin and thousands in cash.
In Lowell District Court on Monday, Pedro Torres, of 56 Middlesex St., Apt. 41, was ordered held on $10,000 cash after pleading not guilty to trafficking in heroin (36 grams or more) and possession of a Class C drug.
During the 6:55 p.m. raid, police said they found heroin, nine pills of Alprazolam, the generic name for Xanax, in a kitchen cabinet, a bag of marijuana in the kitchen and a pellet gun in the master bedroom, according to court documents.
Torres allegedly told police he had just "bagged up'' the heroin before the raid and that he was holding the Aprazolam pill for a friend. Police also found $3,569.
Police say Torres was alone in the apartment with four children, ages 6, 3, 1, and a baby, 3 months.
Police also had a warrant for Torres' arrest on charges of possession with intent to distribute and assault and battery. Torres also had a pending case in District Court.
Defense attorney Keren Goldenberg argued for Torres' release explaining that her client is participating in United Teen Equality Center to earn his high-school equivalency degree while working.
Gregg Croteau, executive director of UTEC, disputed that assertion after reading it in an online story.
Judge Thomas Brennan set an additional $5,000 cash bail on the drug case linked to the warrant and revoked Torres' bail on the pending case.
A probable-cause hearing is scheduled for Sept. 3.
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