Bangkok Paradise Owner, 5 Others Arrested in Multi-Agency Drug Raids

Six North Shore men including the Bangkok Paradise owner, were arrested Friday morning. Police seized thousands of oxycodone pills, more than $50,000 in cash and a gun.

Authorities arrested six local men Friday morning in several drug raids across the North Shore.

One of the men was also identified as the owner of Bangkok Paradise, Jesus Franco.

Essex Country District Attorney's office spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan said warrants were executed at 10 different locations in Lynn, Peabody, Salem and Danvers and police also seized thousands of oxycodone pills along with more than $50,000 in cash and a gun.

She said the arrests were the result of a "long-term, multi-agency drug investigation." The agencies involved were DA's Drug Task Force, state police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Peabody, Lynn, Salem and Danvers police.

The following men were arrested and scheduled for arraignment in Peabody and Salem district courts Friday morning:

  1. Celton Pelaez, 36, of 84 Aborn St., Peabody, was charged with trafficking oxycodone.
  2. Jesus Franco, 42, of 34 Perkins St., Salem, (owner of Bangkok Paradise) was charged with trafficking oxycodone.
  3. Jason Gentry, 32, of 5 Station Rd., Salem, was charged with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.
  4. David Soucy, 35, of 7 Garden St., Danvers, was charged with trafficking oxycodone.
  5. Henry Hernandez, 36, of 32 Columbia Ave., Lynn, was charged with trafficking oxycodone.
  6. Joel Gonzalez, 32, of 44 Lawrence Rd., Lynn, was charged with the sale of a firearm.
Jess October 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Why would Sarah want to leave "your" country? This is America, CN it's everyone's country whether you like them or not
Jess October 22, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I have been there a few times and resent the fact that you say all the patrons are in the ER for withdrawal symptoms and No I am not condoning their behavior.
Jess October 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I agree with you, but I know some people who live there and have lived there who aren't "bad."
Mordecai November 10, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I used to live in the Point. Most everyone there are just normal, if poor, families. It's the small but unfortunately visible minority that makes things worse for everyone else.
Jack Carver December 23, 2012 at 06:59 PM
True, I also heard all charges where dropped against Jason Gentry. He is also a Salem Constable. #255 – 256 CONSTABLES The following Constable reappointments with the following terms to expire recommended by the Mayor were received and placed on file. Jason Gentry, Street address 5 Station Rd., City Salem Term to expire: April 1, 2013


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