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August 21, 2013

Police: 'Brazen' couple sold drugs near playground

City man, Lawrence woman arrested after tip from public


Detectives in unmarked vehicles stopped the Honda at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Main Street and arrested the couple on charges of distribution of cocaine. Police charged Giovanni DeLeon, 37, 78 Bellevue Ave., second floor, with distribution of cocaine, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and a park/school zone violation. Police brought the same charges against the driver, Marie Zayas, 28, of 153 Beacon Ave., Lawrence.

Thompson said detectives seized $110 from DeLeon in the stop.

After the Honda was stopped, the narcotics unit obtained a search warrant for DeLeon’s home, where they found about 13 grams of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1,100, Thompson said.

He said detectives seized about one gram of cocaine from the female buyer. As of yesterday, police had not brought any charges against that woman, but Thompson said the investigation continues.

DeLeon and Zayas were arraigned on the charges yesterday in Haverhill District Court.

According to the Essex District Attorney’s Office, bail for DeLeon was set at $10,000 while Zayas was released on personal recognizance. Both must return to court Sept. 16 for pretrial hearings.

Police said this and other recent arrests of drug dealers who drive around the city and meet up with their customers have been made possible through the assistance of residents who report suspicious activity to police.

“There have been several drug arrests made in the last several weeks and a lot of this is the result of information the narcotics unit received from the public,” Thompson said.

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