cocaineAuburn and Worcester officers seized more than a kilogram of cocaine from a hotel room at the Comfort Inn in Auburn on Thursday.

According to Worcester Police, members of the Vice Squad and the Street Violence Prevention Team conducted a two month long investigation into the sale and distribution of illegal controlled substances in the city. As a result of the investigation, officers conducted a stop of a vehicle on Dorchester Street yesterday at approximately 11:30 AM. In the vehicle was the target of the search, 34-year-old Benjamin Diaz of Worcester. A search of Mr. Diaz produced more than 100 grams of cocaine packaged for distribution.

Mr. Benjamin Diaz, 34, of 99 Main Street, Worcester was charged with Trafficking in Class B Substance 100-199 Grams, two counts of Drug Violation within 1000 Feet of a School.

The arrest lead police to obtain a search warrant for a room at the Comfort Inn in Auburn. The operation became a joint investigation with the Auburn Police Department.

During the search police recovered the following: one kilo of cocaine, drug packaging material, scales and $3,500 cash.

The street value of the total cocaine seized is between $25,000 and $30,000.

Additional charges against Mr. Diaz were filed by the Auburn Police Department for Trafficking In Class B Substance.