3 arrested in Worcester after police find nearly a kilogram of fentanyl

Authorities say three people face drug charges after search warrants led to the discovery of a “significant” amount of drugs in Worcester.

The Worcester County district attorney’s office says three people were arrested Friday night after a months-long investigation involving state and local police and federal drug agents.

Amin Ventura Polanco Mena, 36, and Yoerlyn F. Merejo-Mercado, 31, both of Worcester, were charged with trafficking fentanyl and cocaine. Lester Deleon, 25, of Lawrence, was charged with trafficking fentanyl.

All three are in custody and are expected to be arraigned Monday in Worcester Central District Court via video conference.

The district attorney’s office said search warrants led to the seizure of 950 grams of bagged fentanyl and 120 grams of bagged cocaine. Authorities also confiscated an undisclosed amount of cash.

The investigation was funded by a grant from the U.S. Justice Department.

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