Two Arrested in Fitchburg with Firearm while Trafficking Narcotics

November 12, 2018 — Last evening, at approximately 10:18 p.m., Trooper Michael Cofleskey, of the State Police Troop C Community Action Team (CAT), was patrolling Route 31 in the city of Fitchburg, when he stopped a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta for motor vehicle violations. The location of the stop was on Route 31 near the intersection of Eaton Street.

As the result of an investigation, with the assistance of Trooper Justin Burd, the driver, identified as ROBERT J. ORTIZ, 28, of Erving, and passenger, identified as KISHANIA I. VEGA-MARTINEZ, 28, of Turners Falls, were found to be in possession of 48 grams of heroin, 8 grams of cocaine, and a bag with green vegetable matter and two pills. During the investigation, ORTIZ was also found to be in possession of a loaded Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol. Although ORTIZ is licensed to carry a firearm, it is unlawful to carry a firearm while committing a felony, which includes trafficking narcotics.

Both were placed under arrest and transported to the State Police Barracks in Leominster for booking.

ORTIZ was charged with the following:
1.            Trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium
2.            Possess to distribute class B drug
3.            Conspiracy to violate drug law
4.            Possession of a firearm in felony
5.            Speeding

VEGA-MARTINEZ was charged with the following:
1.            Trafficking in heroin/morphine/opium
2.            Possess to distribute class B drug
3.            Possess class E drug
4.            Conspiracy to violate drug law

ORTIZ was held on $20,000 bail and VEGA-MARTINEZ was held on $50,000 bail, pending arraignment in Fitchburg District Court on Tuesday morning.

No further information is available.  Please do not contact the barracks directly.

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