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Haverhill

August 16, 2013

Neighbors' tips lead to drug bust

Strange car incident latest in out-of-town dealer trend

HAVERHILL — Neighbors are helping fight the problem of people from northern states coming here to meet drug dealers from Lawrence and Methuen.

Police said a drug dealer from Mattapan was arrested after neighbors of the rural Middle Road area reported he was driving there on different days and stopping briefly to meet other cars.

Police arrested Irving Davila-Diaz, 27, of Mattapan on charges of possession of Class A heroin and Class B cocaine with intent to distribute, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and conspiracy to violate the drugs laws. Two Seabrook men will be summonsed to court on charges of conspiracy to violate the drug laws, police said.

It was the latest in a series of arrests made in parts of Haverhill near highways where people from New Hampshire and Maine arrange to meet dealers, police said.

Officers from Haverhill and other Merrimack Valley communities have been tracking the buyers and sellers.

Although a rural area, Middle Road is about a mile from Interstate 495 — just a brief drive to the highway.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said narcotics detectives were in the Amesbury Road area near Middle Road on Tuesday about 6 p.m. looking for a gold Toyota Camry.

Neighbors told police they had seen the Camry on different days driving through the Elliott Street, Kenoza Street, Whittier Road and Middle Road area.

Thompson said the neighbors called the police tip line and left information about the suspicious car that would often pull up to another vehicle for just a few seconds before driving off.

Thompson said detectives in unmarked cars noticed the Camry on Amesbury Road and followed it along several roads before the Camry turned onto Middle Road. There, the detectives saw another vehicle with New Hampshire plates make contact with the Camry for a short period of time.

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