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April 27, 2013

Police: Raid uncovers drug operation in Haverhill home

Former city worker charged with having steroids, Oxycodone

HAVERHILL — Police say two local men arrested on drug charges used a video surveillance system with multiple outdoor cameras linked to indoor monitors to watch who was coming and going from their home.

During a search of their home, detectives said they noticed heating vents covered in grates that appeared inconsistent with the home’s baseboard heating system. Detectives said they removed the bogus grates and discovered steroids and large amounts of needles in plastic bags.

“The grates appeared to be used to conceal drugs and not for any heating purposes,” police wrote in their report.

Police arrested Daniel Spero, 46, and David Burns, 43, both of 44 Taylor St. on Thursday. Police charged both with possession with intent to distribute Class B Oxycodone, possession with intent to manufacture Class B, and possession with intent to distribute Class E steroids. Burns was additionally charged with possession with intent to distribute Class B cocaine.

According to the mayor’s office, Daniel Spero retired from the city’s Public Works Department in 1998. Details about his retirement will not be available until Monday, officials said. The two men were arraigned on the charges in Haverhill District Court on Friday, where they were released on personal recognizance. Police booking reports listed Daniel Spero as “disabled” and David Burns as “self employed.”

Officials in the clerk’s office at Haverhill District Court said their cases will be moved to Newburyport District Court because of their relationship with local police. They said Daniel Spero is a brother of Haverhill police officer John Spero, who appears in Haverhill District Court as part of his job. They said David Burns, a co-defendant in the case, is their cousin.

Police said a home security system included multiple cameras and a receiving box that relayed images to televisions inside the home. Police said these types of surveillance systems are often used by drug dealers so they can be pre-warned of police or other people arriving at their home and can monitor activity on the exterior of the building.

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