81-year-old woman among seven arrested in Worcester drug bust

An 81-year-old woman who stuffed a bottle of oxycodone pills into her bra was one of seven people arrested by Worcester police Monday as part of a raid on a Main Street apartment, police said.

Blanca Diez was charged with trafficking a class B substance, Worcester police said in a press release.

She was arrested after police executed a search warrant Monday morning at the Main Street apartment of Ruben Melendez, 35.


Melendez was found inside the apartment, hiding under a bed. He did not comply with police commands to show his hands, and was tazed, police said.

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“Mr. Melendez resisted the officers attempt to be placed under arrest. One of the officers had to deploy their tazer and finally Mr. Melendez complied,” the release stated.

A search of the apartment turned up $1,198 in cash, packaging materials, 14 plastic bags of heroin, six bags of crack cocaine, and nine suboxone strips, police said.

Police also discovered Galarza had access to a vacant apartment in the building. When they knocked on the door of that apartment, Diez and a 42-year-0ld man were found inside.

“The officer observed a large pill bottle protruding from Ms. Diez’s bra area,” the release stated. “The officer asked Ms. Diez if she could remove the pill bottle. Ms. Diez complied.”


Others arrested in the raid were identified as Brian Rodriguez, 25, Emmanuel Torres, 31, Javier Mercado, 44, and Frankie Galarza, 50, police said.

Along with Melendez, they were charged with possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute.

Brittany Drake, 27, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant, police said.

The suspects are due to be arraigned in Worcester County District Courthouse.

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