LAWRENCE — Police nabbed three New Hampshire people in a Broadway parking lot Thursday with a spoonful of heroin ready to be injected, a 4-month-old baby in the backseat, and a diaper bag containing syringes, pills in bottles prescribed to others, and a spoon with a heroin-like residue.
Arrested were the baby’s mother, Laura Freitas, 22, of Manchester, N.H., along with two other Manchester residents, Nathan Rivard, 31, and Alanna Dorriety, 21. Freitas and Dorriety were both charged with possession of a Class E substance. Rivard was charged with possession of a Class A substance.
According to police, the three were sitting in a parked Saab shortly after midnight Thursday in the pharmacy parking lot. The Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit has been watching the area because of several previous drug arrests made in the parking lot over the last several months, according to a report filed by Patrolman Dean Murphy. Those arrests were of people in cars with New Hampshire plates, the report says.
Police Capt. Roy Vasque pulled his car next to Rivard’s car and could clearly see Rivard with an orange cap from a hypodermic needle in his mouth. Vasque reported he could also see Rivard had a kitchen-style spoon with a brown-colored liquid on his right leg and a syringe in his right hand. Detectives converged on the vehicle and ordered all three from the car. A test was done to confirm the brown liquid as heroin.
Once the three were ordered out of the car, police found Freitas’ baby in the backseat in a carrier. They also found her diaper bag. Police obtained a search warrant and found in the diaper bag two pill bottles, neither of of which was prescribed to Freitas, with one bottle containing one pill and the other containing three pills. Also inside the bag, police found another kitchen spoon with a brown powder-like residue and two hypodermic needles.
Inside Dorriety’s pocketbook, police found eight white pills and a stamp-size bag containing a brown powder like residue, which police said is believed to be heroin.
All three were expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court yesterday, but failed to appear and warrants have been issued for their arrest. The baby was turned over to Freitas’ mother.