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October 5, 2012

Surveillance in Lawrence leads to drug arrests

Police logs

LAWRENCE — Three people were arrested Wednesday morning on Winthrop Avenue after members of the police department’s Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit observed them selling and buying Percocet pills.

Melvin Difo, 26, of 14 Boxford St., Lawrence, has been charged with distribution of Class B, and distribution of Class B in a school zone. Kelly Marie Vilsmeier, 23, of 9 Pond St., Haverhill, and Devin Joseph DiTomaso, 21, of 9 Pond St., Bradford, were both charged with possession of a Class B drug.

According to a police report on the incident, detectives observed DiTomaso, the driver, and Vilsmeier, a passenger, sitting in a vehicle on Salem Street at South Union Street, next to South Lawrence Common. Vilsmeier was making phone calls on her cell phone.

Detectives believed she may have been setting up a drug sale, so they watched the vehicle for more than two hours. With police tailing them, DiTomaso drove away from that location and headed to the north side of the city, going into McDonald’s, then going to Prospect Hill, where they parked again.

Police continued following the car, into Methuen on Merrimack Street, then onto 495 southbound. The vehicle got off at the Merrimack Street exit, and was driven to Parker Street before going into the Wendy’s parking lot on Route 114. Again, they parked, with Vilsmeier on the phone, before moving again, this time to the parking lot of Blockbuster Video at 67 Winthrop Ave.

That’s when police observed another car pull up alongside the car driven by DiTomaso. A man later identified as Difo got out, went to the passenger side of the car, and handed Vilsmeier something through the open window.

Suspecting they had just witnesssed a drug transaction, detectives split up and stopped both cars.

As one of the suspects was exiting the vehicle, a blue pill fell on the seat.

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