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By Will Richmond
Herald News Staff Reporter
Posted Jul 28, 2008 @ 06:40 PM

Fall River -
A collaborative effort between city police and the Drug Enforcement Agency has led to the arrest of two people on a variety of narcotics charges.
An investigation lasting just over a year culminated Friday in the arrests of Wilfredo Vega, 25, and Marisa Ferreira, 28, both of 709 Second St., first floor.
Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Mauretti said city detectives and members of the DEA, working as a task force operating out of New Bedford, began a surveillance of the Second Street home Friday morning. There they saw Vega leave in a 2005 Mercedes Benz and later travel to Rhode Island.
Upon returning to Fall River, Vega was pulled over by uniformed police officers and DEA agents. A search of the vehicle turned up 70 bags of suspected cocaine totaling 54 grams.
Vega was placed under arrest, and task force members and detectives later executed a search warrant for Vega's apartment.
Additional evidence of drug possession was found in the apartment Ferreira, who was home at the time, was placed under arrest.
Police seized the Mercedes that Vega had been driving and three other vehicles - a 2000 BMW, a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer and a 1999 Volkswagen Passat.
Vega is also charged with eight counts of distribution of a Class B substance for selling drugs to undercover officers. He also faces a school zone violation for allegedly selling drugs within 1,000 feet of the Lincoln School, 439 Pine St.
Assisting in the raid were task force members, John Ribeiro, Chris Brady, Tim Cook, Bill Serpa and Glen Cudmore, along with special agents Carl Rideout, Jen Fallon and Clem Fisher. Fall River Police detectives James Elumba, Dave Pacheco, Brian Nadeau, John Cabral, Kevin Bshara, James Autote, Lt. James Keighley and officers David Lafleur and Greg Wiley participated in the raid.
Vega faces charges of conspiracy to violate drug laws, trafficking in a Class B drug over 28 grams, trafficking in a Class B drug over 28 grams in school zone, and eight counts each of distributing a Class B drug and distributing a Class B drug in a school zone. Vega also had two outstanding warrants for speeding and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Ferreira has been charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws, distributing a Class B drug and distributing Class B drug in a school zone.
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