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June 3, 2014

Police take another gun off streets

Inner-city focus nets man with shotgun in car, police say

HAVERHILL — Local police and federal agents have charged more people with street crimes in the troubled Acre neighborhood, and — for the second time in three weeks — they took an illegal gun off the streets.

Police said a New Hampshire man had a shotgun in his car and that he wasn’t licensed to carry the firearm. He was also in possession of illegal drugs, police said.

This is the latest action by police as they focus on the Mount Washington and Acre neighborhoods, where residents have been complaining about violent street crime.

On May 29 at 10:30 p.m., members of the Gang Task Force — which included Haverhill police, U.S. Marshals, ATF, FBI, Homeland Security/Immigration and members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department — were in the Acre section of the city when they observed a vehicle that appeared to have been in a recent accident. It had significant front-end damage and a damaged tire.

Police stopped the car at the intersection of 4th Avenue and Cedar Street and arrested the driver, Kyle Carpenter, 23, of Manchester, N.H.

Carpenter was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, operating under the influence of drugs, unlawful possession of a shotgun, unlicensed possession of ammunition and possession of a Class B substance.

Carpenter was arraigned on the charges on May 30 in Haverhill District Court, where bail was set at $1,500.

“This is the second gun arrest made by Task Force Officers within the last three weeks in which an illegal gun was taken off the streets,” said Detective Lt. Robert Pistone.

Task Force officers and the Haverhill Street Crimes Unit have made more than 25 arrests in the past several weeks in the Acre and Mount Washington sections of the city, and more than 100 arrests in the past three months, Pistone said.

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