EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 22, 2013

Neighbors' complaints lead to3 arrests

Apartment dwellers charged with having illegal drugs near school

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Police arrested three people on drug charges after neighbors complained to police about an unusual amount of traffic coming and going from an apartment near a school in Bradford.

The Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant Friday at 9:09 a.m. at 7 S. Lincoln St., Apt. 2, where they made the arrests and also seized heroin, cocaine and marijuana with an estimated street value of $700. Detectives also seized $185 in cash.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson credited neighbors with providing police with information that led to the arrests.

“This is an example of what can be done when concerned residents work with the Police Department,” Thompson said.

Police arrested Laura Gusoski, 32, of 7 S. Lincoln St., Apt. 2, and Anthony Martinez Jr., 21, of the same address, and charged each of them with possession of Class A heroin with intent to distribute, possession of Class B cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of Class D marijuana with intent to distribute.

They were also charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws and a drug violation near a school zone. The neighborhood is close to Greenleaf Elementary School.

Martinez was arraigned on Friday in Haverhill District Court, where bail was set at $10,000 cash, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office. Gusoski’s bail was set at $5,000 cash. They must appear Nov. 19 for pretrial hearings.

Police also arrested Kenneth Coberly, 36, of Exeter N.H., and charged him with being present where heroin is kept and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. At his arraignment on Friday, Coberly was given a bail warning and ordered to remain drug and alcohol free. His must appear Nov. 4 for a pretrial hearing.

Taking part in the execution of the search warrant were Sgt. Dana Burrill, Det. Daniel McDonald, Det. Michael Shinners and Det. Penny Portalla.

South Lincoln Street runs between South Elm and Middlesex streets, just north of Route 125.