HAVERHILL — Police said a city man drove to Maine each week to sell pain pills he received free through a state health program, and that he hid the pills inside containers with false bottoms.
When the man was arrested, he had a hollow cane with an illegal double-edged knife inside, police said.
But the man’s lawyer said police based their charges that he sold drugs in Maine on the word of confidential informants. The lawyer said his client hid his legally obtained pills because he was assaulted in his apartment last year and robbed of his medication. He was worried he might be robbed again, the lawyer said.
Police said the pills were hidden in containers that included a can of carpet cleaner.
Police have charged Gregory Davis, 52, of 10 Curtis Ave., with conspiring to sell Class B drugs with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and carrying a dangerous weapon (the double-edged knife). Officers said that when they searched his apartment, they found four containers with false bottoms, one of which contained a pill bottle and plastic bags stuffed inside to keep the bottle from rattling around.
At Davis’ arraignment Monday in Haverhill District Court, Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo said Davis drove to Maine every Friday morning to sell pills and that he was receiving free health care from the state, which also paid for his prescriptions.
”He’s getting the pills for free it appears, and he tells us he has an eight-hour-a-day home health aide (paid for by the state),” DePaulo said.
Defense lawyer Christopher Holland said Davis has a significant health problem and is prescribed medication for rheumatoid arthritis. Holland said Davis also receives home health care for his disability.
”At the end of the day, he has 40 pills he’s lawfully able to possess,” Holland said in response to allegations that police found 41 oxycodone pills and 100 empty pill bottles inside Davis’ apartment.