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Merrimack Valley

March 14, 2014

Four arrested on drug charges at gas station

ANDOVER — Police arrested four people at the Mobil gas station on River Road Wednesday after police detectives checked out a suspicious vehicle and say they saw evidence of drug use inside.

At 2:39 p.m. Wednesday, two detectives were on a routine patrol along River Road when they saw “a car parked next to the gas pump not refueling,” Andover Police Commander Charles Heseltine said.

The officers pulled up next to the vehicle and saw, among the four passengers, “a female twirling something around her arm, which appeared to be consistent with someone trying to affix a tourniquet,” Heseltine said.

When police then got out of the car, they saw one of the passengers were “drawing a substance out of a small blue plastic container into a needle,” Heseltine said.

Police then asked the four people in the vehicle to get out. Two were arrested on drug charges, while the other two put up a fight as police pulled them from the vehicle, according to Heseltine.

“Neither one of them wanted to come out of the car so they both had to be physically removed,” Heseltine said, adding that the people were “holding onto the gear shift lever.”

In addition to drug charges, those two people were also charged with resisting arrest, according to Heseltine.

Arrested in the incident were:

Lina Abdalla, 27, of 8 Todd Lane, Lynnfield, charged with possession of a class A drug, and on four warrants;

Natalya Barnard, 20, of 171 Beach Bluff Ave., Swampscott, charged with possession of a class A drug;

Antonio Garcia, 29, of 134 Western Ave., apartment 1, Lynn, charged with resisting arrest and possession of a class B drug; and

Crystal Hogan, 28, of 116 Pond St., Newton, N.H., charged with resisting arrest, possession of a class A drug, and possession of a class B drug.

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