HAVERHILL — No section of this city is immune to drug activity — not even the quiet, neighborhood behind Sacred Hearts School, police said.
For several weeks, neighbors in that area complained to police about what appeared to be drug-related activities, according to a report filed with Haverhill District Court by Detective T.J. Howell.
This has included cars, many with New Hampshire plates, making brief stops at certain homes, brief conversations between drivers and resident, and then an abrupt departure of the visiting automobile, according to Howell's report.
Howell and other officers kept the area and its activities under surveillance for some time, then got ready to make their move last Thursday evening, the report says.
It resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges — including the sale of drugs in a school zone.
During the surveillance, police said they watched two men involved in what appeared to be a drug deal with a third man on South Chestnut Street. Detective Sgt. Dana Burrill pursued a car driven by Michael King, 48, of 58 South Central St., a home in that neighborhood, police said.
Burrill, a veteran detective, is familiar with King from past arrests, police said. Despite Burrill's order to stop, King, whose driver's license is revoked, sped way at 50 mph, police said. He was arrested on a warrant Sunday morning.
The other suspect — Jason Cheney, 31, of 8 South Green St. — ran away, but Howell caught him in a yard in the neighborhood, according to the police report.
Cheney had eight small bags of heroin in his possession, police said. Both Cheney and King were charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, selling drugs in a school zone, conspiracy to violate the drug laws and resisting arrest. In addition, King was charged with driving after revocation of his license.
King was arraigned Monday and released on his own recognizance under an agreement between his lawyer, Michael Baldassarre, and Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo. Judge Stephen Abany ordered him to return to the court June 9 for a pretrial hearing.
Cheney was ordered held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail and ordered to return June 10 for a pretrial hearing.
Asked why King was let go without having to post bail while Cheney had a high bail set on him, Stephen O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex District Attorney's Office, said, "We don't believe him (King) to be a flight risk."
O'Connell said Cheney was accompanied by two young children when the police confronted him.
The state Department of Children and Families has been notified about that, police said.
The property at 8-10 South Green St. is owned by 8-10 South Green St. LLC while Jesse Girardi owns 58 South Central St., according to the city assessors' office.
Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said the owner of 8-10 South Green St. cooperated with police in their investigation.
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