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February 17, 2014

Increase in heroin use brings sales near highway

Police: Pattern leads to series of arrests


According to the report, the witness agreed to buy heroin from Roman, who drove a dark-colored Mitsubishi SUV and also sold drugs at Hunters Run Place off Lowell Avenue.

On Tuesday, police arranged for the witness to contact Roman to buy four bags of heroin, to be delivered to the condo complex. Police said they provided the witness with $200. According to the police report, detectives witnessed a transaction where the buyer handed Roman $200 in exchange for four bags of heroin.

Police said they stopped Roman, although he tried to back up and drive away, and they seized $200 cash and 14 bags of a substance believed to be heroin, with a total weight of 17.9 grams and a street value of about $900. The police report indicated that in April of 2007, Roman was arraigned in Woburn District Court for distribution of Class B cocaine and later found guilty.

In another case, Thompson said officers were working a patrol on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Target store off Broadway when they saw a man and a woman acting suspiciously. They were subsequently identified as Noah Reynolds, 27, and his wife, Laura MacLeod, 20, both of Bedford, Mass.

Thompson said two officers were working the patrol under a grant that police received late last year for additional policing of crime hot spots.

He said the officers saw MacLeod’s SUV pull into the lot and wait. Then they saw Reynolds pull up in another SUV, he said. Reynolds got out and began looking around, then got into MacLeod’s SUV, he said.

When officers approached the vehicle, MacLeod tried to hide items in her lap, which turned out to be a syringe and a powdery substance determined to be heroin, police said. Thompson said the investigation revealed that Reynolds had just bought the heroin for himself and his wife.

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