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    6 people arrested on Interstate 290 in Shrewsbury on drug trafficking, gun possession charges

    The heroin, cocaine, knifes, and handgun seized by State Police during a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 290 in Shrewsbury Tuesday morning.
    Massachusetts State Police
    The heroin, cocaine, knifes, and handgun seized by State Police during a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 290 in Shrewsbury Tuesday morning.

    Six Maine and Connecticut residents were arrested for drug trafficking and gun possession after a motor vehicle stop on Interstate 290 in Shrewsbury early Tuesday morning, State Police said.

    A State Police trooper first noticed a Chevrolet Astro “commit motor vehicle violations” on I-290 eastbound in Shrewsbury around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, State Police said. The trooper stopped the van, which was driven by Ronald Latourette, 53, of Corinth, Maine, and had five other passengers.

    Troopers then investigated and searched the van, and found around 57 grams of heroin, 113 grams of cocaine, a semiautomatic .25 caliber handgun, and four knives — two of which were double-edged.

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    Latourette’s passengers included Luis Lebron, 20, of Naugatuck, Conn., Chaquin Allen, 30, of Waterbury, Conn., Rajion Melendez, 24, of Waterbury, Juana Matos, 36, of Waterbury, and Kelley Pileski, 37, of Bangor, Maine.

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    None of the occupants of the van were licensed to carry a firearm in the state, and all six were arrested and taken to the State Police Holden Barracks for booking. They were held there pending arraignment in Westborough District Court.

    Latourette and his five passengers were all charged with trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

    Latourette was also charged with possession of a Class B substance (cocaine), marked lanes violation, and speeding. Lebron was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a firearm in a felony. Allen was also charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, Pileski was also charged with carrying a dangerous weapon and failure to wear a seatbelt, and Melendez and Matos were also charged with failure to wear a seatbelt.

    Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson.