EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 16, 2014

Task force nets 'mid-level' cocaine dealer

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said they seized about $3,500 worth of cocaine in a raid on a Rose Street home on Tuesday.

According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, members of a drug task force began an investigation during the month of December into cocaine distribution in Haverhill.

Police said Anthony Dilone, 26, of 7 Rose St., third floor, was the target of an investigation in which a series of controlled purchases of cocaine were made by a confidential informant.

According to the report, the task force applied for and received a warrant to search Dilone’s apartment.

Haverhill police along with the State Police and Federal ATF agents executed the search warrant on Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m.

Police said they entered Dilone’s apartment without incident and seized two ounces of cocaine with an estimated street value of about $3,500. Dilone, who was alone at the time his apartment, was arrested and charged with possession to distribute cocaine (subsequent offense) and trafficking in cocaine. Police referred to Dilone as a mid-level dealer in the city.

Dilone was arraigned yesterday on the charges in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Patricia Dowling ordered him held on $15,000 cash bail. Dowling also issued a 60-day warning, meaning if Dilone is charged with another offense while his case is pending he could be ordered held for up to 60 days without bail.

Dilone was ordered to appear Feb. 18 for a pretrial conference.