HAVERHILL — Police said complaints of drug dealing in the River Street area led to the arrests of three New Hampshire people who came here to make buys from a dealer from Lawrence.
The dealer was also arrested, police said.
It is the latest in a series of incidents where areas just off the highway in Haverhill are the meeting place for buyers from states farther north and dealers from the Merrimack Valley, investigators said.
Police said they were monitoring suspicious activity in the area of a self-service car wash on River Street about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when they saw two cars meet. Officers then followed the vehicles into the city’s Bradford section, where the arrests eventually happened.
Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said the arrests were the result of ongoing efforts to stop people from New Hampshire and Maine from coming to Haverhill to buy drugs from dealers from Lawrence and Methuen.
Thompson said the three New Hampshire people were arrested without incident, but the Lawrence drug dealer led detectives on a high speed chase through Bradford before finally stopping.
Police charged Andrea Marable, 38, and Timothy Parshley, 33, both of Nashua, with possession of heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Police charged Joshua Dube, 40, also of Nashua, with being present where heroin is kept and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
The three were arraigned on Wednesday in Haverhill District Court, where they released on personal recognizance and given 60-day warnings, meaning if they get into trouble with the law while their cases are pending they could be held for up to 60 days without bail. All three must appear Aug. 26 for pretrial hearings, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.
Hector Morales-Ramos, 35, of 26 Dracut St., Unit 2, Lawrence, was charged with distribution of heroin and cocaine, failure to stop for police, drug violation near a school/park and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. At his arraignment on Wednesday, his bail was set at $15,000 cash, but he was ordered held without bail on an open case in Lawrence District Court of assault and battery. He must appear Aug. 20 for a pretrial hearing in Haverhill, according to the Essex District Attorney’s Office.
Thompson said detectives Daniel McDonald and Michael Shinners were in the area of Villa Street on Tuesday night after police received several complaints of drug activity in that area. He said the officers observed a white Mercury Marquis parked near the car wash on nearby River Street. The driver was later identified as Marable and her passengers as Parshley and Dube, police said.
The detectives watched as a black Mazda driven by a man who they later identified as Morales-Ramos pulled up to the Marquis then drove by it very slowly. The detectives followed both cars over the Comeau Bridge into Bradford.
According to a police report, both cars stopped on Bradford Avenue and Parshley exited the Marquis and got into the Mazda. The two cars then drove off with detectives following them to South New Street, where the two cars stopped. Parshley then exited the Mazda and got back into the Marquis, the report stated.
“They were approached by the detectives and, as a result of conversations, cocaine and heroin was discovered,” Thompson said.
The Mazda sped off with the detectives in pursuit and was stopped on South Prospect Street, where Morales-Ramos was arrested.
The detectives confiscated about 3 grams of heroin and 1.5 grams of cocaine from Marable. About $250 was seized from Morales-Ramos, Thompson said.
“This is another example of people meeting off the highway and, in this case, they were probably buying for themselves as it wasn’t a large amount,” Thompson said. “But in the past people have come down from Maine mostly to buy larger amounts (of drugs) to sell for a profit up there.”
“We’re thankful for people calling the tip line to let us know what’s going on,” Thompson said.