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November 19, 2012

The Other Place tavern probed for drug dealing

Federal agents infiltrated business, bought Oxycodone from bartender


The first time the agents entered the bar they negotiated a price of $25 per Oxycodone pill with a customer and exchanged telephone numbers to make the deal later, the agents said. At Thursday’s meeting, federal agent Timothy Williamson told the commission that Michael Chiarenza watched and heard the conversation to arrange the drug deal, but did not participate in the discussion.

When the agents returned to the tavern two weeks later, April 27, they arranged to buy Oxycodone pills from a bartender named Jennifer Morin, police reports and the federal agents said. Two days later the undercover agents met Morin in Salem, N.H. and purchased 30 “Perc 30’s” from her for $950, police said.

On June 14, the agents contacted Morin, who was still working at the tavern, for another drug deal, this time in Methuen.

Prior to meeting, the agents said Morin tried to change the location of the exchange to Lawrence General Hospital, but the undercover agents declined. The meeting eventually took place in a Burger King parking lot in Lawrence, police reports said. When the agents met Morin, she was with another woman named Jennily Paris, police said.

Paris told the agents she had to leave the vehicle to meet someone “up the street” to pick up the pills, reports said. The agents gave Paris $1,400 and waited with Morin for Paris to return. Paris never returned, however. Police said they found Paris the next day and arrested her for larceny over $250.

At that point, the agents said they revealed themselves to Morin and asked her to help with their investigation of Michael Chiarenza and The Other Place. They said Morin agreed, but Haverhill police soon learned from their informant that Morin told Michael Chiarenza about the agents and the investigation. As a result, the investigation of the tavern was stopped and Morin was arrested for her role in the Salem drug deal, police said. She has since been indicted on drug charges, the agents said.

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