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August 25, 2013

ID theft tied to drug trade

'Jane Doe' used stolen SS number to rent multiple apartments

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In addition to the apartment on Pleasant Street in Methuen, Rafferty said, that “Vega” also rented apartments at 51 Osgood Drive, Methuen; 10 Diamond St., Lawrence; and 100 Stockton St., Chelsea.

He said he couldn’t be certain why the apartments were rented. But based on “my experience and training regarding the investigation of illegal aliens and drug trafficking, individuals sometimes act as facilitators of drug trafficking by others by taking out leases and utility contracts in false identities,” Rafferty wrote.

“The facilitators then (allow) the drug traffickers to use the locations without actually having any documentation tying them to the apartments, thereby helping the drug traffickers in their effort to remain anonymous,” he added.

He said the drug traffickers often use multiple apartments rented by different people, some to store drugs and cash, others to conduct drug deals or to live in.

The investigation into the alleged scheme is continuing.

Vega is due back in court on Monday. Her attorney, Scott Gleason of Haverhill, declined comment for this story.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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