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September 20, 2013

Drug suspect stashes cocaine in cruiser, police say

Staff report
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ANDOVER — A set of drug-related arrests took an interesting turn this week after one of the suspects allegedly tried stashing cocaine in a cruiser, according to police.

Andover Police made three arrests on Dascomb Road Tuesday evening, though they only went to the scene to make a single warrant arrest, according to Andover Police Lt. Eddie Guy.

Their plan was to arrest Paul Shannon, 28, of 22 Volk Road in Dedham on a probation surrender warrant.

When police arrived at the scene, “there was a vehicle at that particular location,” Guy said. “When the officers approached the motor vehicle, (two other) subjects were attempting to utilize narcotics.”

After searching the two people in the vehicle, police recovered 15 nuerotin pills, percocet pills and one clonazepam pill. The two people were attempting to smoke the narcotics, Guy said.

Arrested from the vehicle were Daniel Mulkern, 31, of 69 Carroll St., West Roxbury, and Cobi Deflurin, 21, of 72 Schiller Road, Dedham.

After bringing the three arrested back to the station, there was another surprise waiting for them, according to Guy.

“Once they transported the individuals back to the police department, a search of the back of the cruisers ended up uncovering a bag of cocaine,” Guy said.

The bag was found wedged between the cruiser’s seats, where Mulkern was sitting, according to Guy. How much was in the bag wasn’t available yesterday.

Deflurin was charged with possession of a class A drug and possession of a class B drug. Following the discovery of the bag of cocaine, Mulkern was charged with two counts of possession of a class B drug and a single count of possession of a class C drug.

Shannon, who was working on a home at the scene, was charged only on the warrant, according to Guy.

Police search every vehicle after a prisoner is transported, and at the beginning of every shift attached to a vehicle, Guy said.

The following items were recently recorded in area police logs:

ANDOVER

Tuesday

:Motor vehicle theft: Lowell Street, 7:47 p.m.

Wednesday

Theft from vehicle: Mayflower Road, 4:31 p.m.

Accident: Two cars towed, no injury, Lowell Street, 4:35 p.m.

Theft: Haverhill Street, 6:46 p.m.

Arrest: Maryanne Manozzi, 51, of 18 Dale St., Andover, marked lanes violation, operating under the influence of liquor, second offense, failing to use care in starting, stopping, turning or backing up, Lovejoy Road, 8 p.m.

METHUEN

Wednesday

:Theft: Copper stolen from yard, 7 Annis St., 8:54 a.m.

Assault and battery: 285 Broadway, 7:29 p.m.

Arrest: Joshua J. Harper, 21, 28 Fairmont St., Lawrence, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, threatening to commit a crime, 51 Osgood St., 6:52 p.m.

Hit and run: 70 Pleasant Valley St., 7:11 p.m.

NORTH ANDOVER

Tuesday

:Larceny: 28 Fuller Meadow Road, 8:57 a.m.

Citation issued for speeding: Bradford and Osgood streets, 9:15 a.m.

Larceny: 565 Turnpike St., 11:45 a.m.

Arrest: Meryl Beth Sousa, 48, of 236 Gray St., assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault on a household member, 236 Gray St., 12:27 p.m.

Larceny: 630 Turnpike St., 12:31 p.m.

Employee’s bicycle stolen: Stevens Memorial Library, 345 Main St., 3:21 p.m.

Citations issued to vehicle owner for inspection violation, driver for failure to wear seat belt: Massachusetts Avenue and Osgood Street, 3:26 p.m.

Accident with injury: near 757 Turnpike St., 5:12 p.m.

54-year-old man taken into protective custody: 757 Turnpike St., 8:25 p.m.

Summons issued: Patricia Benjamin, 62, of 33 Thorndike Road, driving under the influence of liquor, Ashland and Main streets, 11:13 p.m.

Wednesday

:Summons issued: William Antonio Barrios, 34, of 17 Basswood St., Lawrence, failure to yield or stop, unlicensed operation, Massachusetts and Mifflin avenues, 12:07 a.m.

Larceny: 43 Royal Crest Drive, 8:36 a.m.

Copper stolen: 16 Ferry St., 9:56 a.m.

Sign stolen: 22 Main St., 2:41 p.m.

Angry man ordered to leave Market Basket: 350 Winthrop Ave., 4:31 p.m.

Citation issued for speeding: near 200 Boston St., 5:49 p.m.

Summons issued: Cano Urbina, 24, of 232 East Haverhill St., Lawrence, shoplifting, Kohl’s Department Store, 6:49 p.m.

Threatening phone call: 12 Walker Road, 10:43 p.m.

Citation issued for speeding: Great Pond Road and Pleasant Street, 10:47 p.m.

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