ANDOVER — A Lowell Street resident alleged to have been dealing cocaine and heroin out of his parents’ home was arrested on drug trafficking charges yesterday after a month-long investigation.
Erik Owen, 41, of 486 Lowell St., where he lived with his parents, was charged with trafficking more than 200 grams of heroin and trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine, according to Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine.
Inside the home, police found around a half-kilo of heroin with a street value of about $45,000 and a quarter-kilo of cocaine, worth about $14,000 on the street, Heseltine said. Police also recovered $2,300 in cash, he said.
Owen was also charged with possession of a class B drug (Percocet) with intent to distribute, distribution of a class A drug (heroin) and four counts of distribution of a class B drug (cocaine). About 30 milligrams of Percocet, worth $900, were recovered, Heseltine said.
The home, located not far from the Tewksbury town line and the Route 133 interchange with Interstate 495, is owned by Owen’s parents, who were not involved in his arrest, the commander said.
The arrest followed “a month-long investigation into the sales of heroin and cocaine from that residence” that was launched after police received a complaint about alleged drug activity there, Heseltine said. Andover Police Detectives John Delaney and Michael Lane led the investigation.
Over the span of the last month, the detectives “observed a lot of activity at that home, a lot of people coming and going on a daily basis,” Heseltine said.
A search warrant for the house was obtained yesterday from Lawrence District Court. Heseltine said when police arrived at the house in the afternoon, Owen was outside and was taken into custody without incident.
Owen’s arrest marks the end of the investigation. No further arrests are expected at this time, according to Heseltine.
The two trafficking charges, each for more than 200 grams of their respective drug classes, are the highest level of charges possible. The charges scale based on the weight recovered, according to Heseltine.
If found guilty of trafficking either class of drugs, sentences could carry a mandatory minimum of 12 years in prison and maximum of 20, and a $50,000 to $500,000 fine for each, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Heseltine declined to discuss the origin of the distribution charges to protect the integrity of the case against Owen going forward.
However, Owen’s proximity to I-495 makes the arrest a notable one, according to Heseltine.
“By the amount of traffic we’ve seen at this house, meaning people coming and going, his arrest is going to put a dent in people’s ability to get drugs,” Heseltine said.
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