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May 19, 2011

Neighbors' complaints bring drug arrests

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.

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