By Mike LaBella
---- — HAVERHILL — Police say it was a twist on the typical drug bust involving people from New Hampshire and Maine coming to Haverhill to buy drugs from dealers they meet just off the highway.
This time, it was a woman from New Hampshire and one from Maine who were arrested on charges of trafficking heroin.
Hillary Cloud, 28, of Hampton, N.H., and Lindsey Withrow, 21, of Kennebunk, Maine, were arrested in the Target store parking lot after police noticed they were acting suspiciously inside Withrow’s car.
They were each charged with trafficking Class A heroin and possession of Class B cocaine in the incident, which happened Thursday.
The women were arraigned on the charges on Friday in Haverhill District Court, where each was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. They were also issued 60-day warnings, meaning if they are charged with another offense while their cases are pending they could be ordered held for up to 60 days without bail. They must return to court March 14 for probable cause hearings.
Police spokesman Detective Lt. Robert Pistone said officers were working a patrol at about 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Target store off Broadway when they noticed the two women acting suspiciously.
Pistone said the officers were working the patrol under a grant that police received late last year for additional policing of crime hot spots.
According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, Haverhill detectives Glenn Fogarty and William O’Connell were on the lookout for drug activity in that area of the city, where police have recently made several arrests involving the use and possession of heroin.
At about 6:05 p.m., they observed a silver Toyota with Maine plates occupied by two women who appeared to be looking down.
When Fogarty and O’Connell approached the car, the passenger, Withrow, tried to hide something between the door and the seat.
The driver, Cloud, told police she had dropped her keys and they were looking for them, yet the car was running, the report said.
Police said Withrow’s leopard design pocketbook, which was open, contained cut pieces of a drinking straw, a small glassine bag containing heroin, another small bag containing rock cocaine, and glass tubes that are used to smoke rock cocaine. The purse also contained a scale police said was consistent with the drug trade.
Withrow told the detectives that she recently started using heroin.
Cloud’s Coach brand of pocketbook, which was in the trunk, contained a makeup bag that held two small bags of heroin, and $337 in cash that police also seized.
When asked if they had just purchased the heroin, Withrow told police that Cloud had met up with an unknown person in the store, and that she and Cloud had two frozen drinks and pizza at the food court.