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    I-84 arrest in Sturbridge yields $41,000 worth of drugs; second major bust in one day

    A New York City man is facing charges after State Police seized more than $41,000 worth of drugs including cocaine, heroine, and Percocet, from his car following a traffic stop last night, State Police said.

    State Police arrested Carlos Vargas after pulling him over at 9:50 p.m. Tuesday for speeding and marked lane violations on eastbound Interstate 84. Vargas, 35, was driving with a suspended New York license.

    During the search of Vargas’s car, State Police allegedly found drugs stashed in the passenger-side airbag, including 250 grams of heroin, 200 grams of cocaine, a pound of marijuana, and 79 Percocet pills. The drugs’ estimated street value is $41,300.


    Vargas faces a variety of charges, including cocaine and heroin trafficking, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. His car was towed to the State Police barracks in Sturbridge.

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    It was the second major drug bust in a day resulting from a traffic stop on Interstate 84 in Sturbridge. Early Tuesday morning, State Police arrested three men and seized a kilogram of cocaine and more than $28,000 in cash after stopping a livery van for speeding. One of the men arrested had the cocaine stashed in heat-sealed bags worn like a bandolier under his sweater.

    Vargas will be arraigned in Dudley District Court today.

    Lauren Dezenski can be reached at