By Breanna Edelstein [email protected] –
Ariel Pimental, 26, was arraigned in South Boston Municipal Court on Thursday, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley and Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Pimental faces two charges of distributing a class A substance and one charge of trafficking heroin.
Investigators said the charges stem from two $200 heroin purchases that undercover officers made from Pimental in September, followed by the recovery of more than 20 grams of heroin during his arrest Tuesday in the Seaport District.
Pimental is held on $60,000 cash bail. At the prosecutor’s request, Pimental has been ordered to wear a GPS device, surrender his passport and remain under house arrest if he posts bail.
Police said an investigation into Pimental began in the summer, when the Suffolk County State Police Detective Unit said they were notified of an Uber driver selling heroin in and around Boston.
Police said they were able to make contact with Pimental by phone and proceeded to send undercover state police to make six drug purchases from him during the fall.
Search warrants were issued Tuesday for Pimental’s home on Common Street in Lawrence and his 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, which he drove for work and made drug sales from, police said.
State police said they stopped Pimental as he was driving on Congress Street in Boston about 2 p.m. Tuesday.
He was charged for the earlier drug sales, as well as for carrying 22 grams of heroin, police said.
Police said they went on to find 26 grams of heroin and about $4,000 in cash at Pimental’s home.
The Essex County District Attorney’s office said additional charges are expected to be made at a later date.