LAWRENCE — Officer Chad R. Lawlor was assigned to the Special Operations Division Wednesday morning when he noticed a Ford pickup truck with a bent New Hampshire license tag, dangling by just a screw, leave the parking lot of the CVS on Broadway.
The officer said he also observed the driver holding a hypodermic needle in hid left hand as he was holding the steering wheel. Lawlor and Detective David Moynihan followed the truck in their unmarked cruiser down Haverhill Street and then into St. Mary's Cemetery on Barker Street.
The cemetery is a common spot for people who want to ingest drugs in privacy. Police have made several drug arrests here in recent months. Police saw one of the men try to swallow something once they noticed they were under surveillance.
After arresting the two men, police found several needles on the seat of the pickup truck. They also seized several empty baggies with what they believed had heroin residue in them.
Edwin Lavallee, 28, of Dracut, was charged with possession of heroin.
Peter Shelzi, 27, of Tewksbury, was charged with possession of heroin and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
The following items were taken from area police logs for Wednesday:
Arrest: David M. Morin, 32, operating with a license suspended, failure to wear a seat belt, 90 Main St., 1:19 p.m.
Hit-and-run: North Main Street, 10:47 p.m.
Disturbance: 55 Bodwell St., 12:27 a.m.
Arrest: Garry Gabin, 21, of 125 Lowell St., possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, operating without motor vehicle insurance, failure to pull over to the right for an emergency vehicle, attaching plates assigned to another vehicle, possession of cocaine, 165 Ferry St., 12:45 a.m.
Theft: 183 Bailey St., taxi driver claimed he was not paid for fare after someone left the taxi, 2:20 a.m.
House break: 319 Park St., computer equipment stolen from second floor apartment, cause of death doesn't appear to be suspicious, 9:30 a.m.