Evidence seized from the car of Hector Javier Rentas sits on a car in Natick.
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Nov 22, 2008 @ 12:37 AM
A suspected member of a drug ring was ordered held on $10,000 bail yesterday following his arrest Thursday on cocaine trafficking charges.
Hector Javier Rentas, 40, of Roxbury, was arrested at 6:20 p.m. near Natick High School, police said.
Rentas had 18.4 grams of cocaine and $1,800 in his 2000 Volvo, Natick Police Lt. Nick Mabardy said. Police seized the drugs, the money and the car.
Detectives had been investigating Rentas, of 55 Ruggles St., for about three months.
Detectives had conducted undercover drug purchases and surveillance before obtaining a search warrant for Rentas' car, the lieutenant said.
"Even though this particular investigation has gone on for three months, in the past two and a half years, we have been investigating a Dominican coke trafficking ring that has been working out of Natick, and they may be active in other communities," said Mabardy. "We think he's a member."
Police aren't sure if Rentas is the man's real name, the lieutenant said.
Rentas was charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of narcotics within a school zone.
Mabardy said he believes the department's narcotics unit is doing a good job pursuing the drug ring.
"I think the detectives that are doing the investigation are having an impact on the activity from this ... drug trafficking ring," he said. "They're definitely having an impact. They are vigilant. They (the detectives) just keep going."
Rentas will be held at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge. He is due back in Natick District Court next month.