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February 25, 2014

Police: Kids in car watch parents sell drugs

Officers calm children during arrests in sting operation

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According to the report, Jamie Robitallie told the informant that she was running late because she had to pick up her children and would be at the Pines at about 4:30 p.m.

The report said that when the couple arrived in a Dodge Caravan at 4:40 p.m., the informant and Morton got out of their unmarked vehicle and approached the mini-van. Morton handed the couple $360 and received 120 pills in return. When Morton asked Jamie Robitaille where she gets the pills and if he could buy more each month, she said they were her husband’s prescriptions and they refill them around this time each month.

According to the report, the children were in the back seat hearing and watching what was transpiring.

As the mini-van drove out of the Pines parking area, uniformed police in marked vehicles stopped it. West Newbury and Georgetown police helped Groveland police in making the arrests.

Morton identified himself and ordered Paul Robitaille out of the mini-van, while other officers ordered his wife out of the mini-van, police said. Officers seized the $360, along with an additional $115 along with 30 Fioricet pills and 93 Tramadol pills.

Paul Robitaille was taken to the police station and booked, while his wife was allowed to bring the children home and told to return to the station afterwards.

According to the report, Paul Robitaille told Morton that he and his wife were having financial problems and needed to earn some extra money. Paul Robitaille said they had come to Groveland four to six times in the past to sell pills, but they don’t usually bring their children with them. Police said they notified the Department of Children and Families of the incident.

Paul Robitaille was released on $40 cash bail on Saturday evening. His wife was summonsed to court.

They were arraigned yesterday in Haverhill District Court, where Judge Mary McCabe released them with a 60-day warning, meaning if they are charged with other offenses while they cases are pending they could be ordered held for up to 60 days without bail. They must return to court April 8 for pretrial hearing.

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