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May 4, 2013

Prosecutor: Police found hidden drugs

HAVERHILL — Police say a Lawrence woman who came to Haverhill to sell drugs made her first stop at a Franklin Street home where a drug overdose happened recently and neighbors have been complaining about drug transactions. On her second stop, an apartment complex outside of Lafayette Square, police arrested a couple who said they’d just purchased heroin from her, then they arrested the woman and her passenger, who happened to be her younger sister.

A prosecutor said police in Haverhill have been monitoring 31-year-old Ana Caraballo for over a year and in the past stopped her twice on suspicion of selling drugs but were unable to find any when frisking her. This time a female officer was involved and conducted a body search that turned up drugs hidden in a spot where male officers would not look, the prosecutor said.

Police charged Caraballo, 31, 8 Diamond St., #19, Lawrence, with distribution of a Class A substance, possession to distribute a Class A substance, possession to distribute a Class B substance, and conspiracy to violate the drug laws. She was arrested Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. on Woodcock Avenue after police observed what appeared to be a drug transaction. Police also charged her with failure to stop and negligent operation of a motor vehicle 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, 478 Riverside Drive, #301, Lawrence, was her passenger at the time. 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 two sisters were originally arraigned in Haverhill District Court on Thursday but their cases were held over to yesterday so that a Spanish language interpreter could be provided.

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