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April 29, 2014

One dead, one charged in city heroin case

GLOUCESTER — Heroin apparently claimed another life over the weekend in Gloucester, according to city police.

And a Gloucester woman was subsequently arrested and handed drug-related charges.

Dylan R. Aguirre, 21, of 473 Washington St., Apt. 2 in Haverhill, was found unconscious and not breathing when emergency responders arrived at 18 Addison St., Apt. 1 Saturday following an 11:14 a.m. 911 call.

Aguirre, who went by the street name “Wiss,” was thought to be selling heroin from the Addison Street home, according to information detectives received from reliable sources and a police narrative filed by Detective Thomas Quinn. The home was suspected of being a haven for illegal drug use and sales, according to Quinn’s report.

Aguirre was later pronounced dead at Addison Gilbert Hospital. It was not clear Whether Narcan, a drug carried by city rescue crews and used to reverse heroin overdoses, was used at the scene.

Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said that, while a heroin overdose can only be suspected until confirmed by a toxicology report, circumstances surrounding Aguirre’s death led police to believe this was the cause.

“Right now, it’s consistent with a suspected overdose,” he said Monday.

According to the police report, there were at least six people at the scene when police arrived. Asked if there might be more arrests in the case, Campanello would say only that the investigation is continuing.

The person who was arrested — 19-year-old Sierra Huffman, who lives at the Addison Street address — was charged with possession of a class A drug, possession with intent to distribute a class A drug, being present where heroin was kept, and trafficking of heroin because of the 18.7 grams of the drug found in her bedroom.

Officials believe that Aguirre and Huffman were working together “in the possession, packaging, distribution and trafficking of heroin within Gloucester,” according to Quinn’s report.

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