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April 2, 2014

Police: Two drug 'runners' caught

Officers believe man fled country after being charged

HAVERHILL — Police said they have made a dent in a network of drug dealers whom investigators have been watching for 18 months.

A Lawrence woman who received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to possession and distribution of heroin has been using “runners” who drove to Haverhill to sell drugs, investigators said.

Two Lawrence men who allegedly served as her runners and sold heroin and cocaine in Haverhill were both arrested and charged with selling drugs. Police believe that one of them fled the country after posting bail, while the other is being held on high cash bail.

Ana Caraballo, 32, of 8 Diamond St., No. 19, Lawrence, pleaded guilty to distribution and possession to distribute Class A heroin on March 26 in Haverhill District Court and was sentenced to one year in the house of correction, suspended to Feb. 26, 2015.

She was fined $5,000, which she had to pay prior to her release, had to forfeit $382 that police seized when they arrested her, and was ordered to pay a $90 victim witness fee and a $65-a-month probation fee. She was also fined $100 for failure to stop for police and was ordered to remain drug and alcohol free, with random screenings.

Caraballo was arrested May 1, 2013, on Woodcock Avenue after police observed what they said appeared to be a drug transaction. Police also charged her with failure to stop after she allegedly tried to get away from them and bumped her car into the side of an unmarked police car.

Police said her sister, Estefany Caraballo, 24, of 478 Riverside Drive, #301, Lawrence, was a passenger in the car. Police charged Estefany Caraballo with distribution of a Class A substance, possession to distribute a Class A substance and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. The charges against her were subsequently dismissed at the request of the Essex District Attorney’s Office, according to court officials.

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