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June 15, 2014

Deported man charged in drug sale

LAWRENCE — Thanks to the work of Lawrence detectives assigned to the Street Narcotics Unit, an alleged drug dealer – already deported once – is off the city’s streets.

For several weeks, police have been interested in Ramon Rodriguez, who had been deported in 2012.

Rodriguez, 44, lives on Kent Street and a week ago police observed him meet up with several vehicles for short periods of time. Agents believed they were observing several drug transactions.

According to police reports, agents sent up surveillance outside Rodriguez’s Kent Street home on Thursday.

At 12:50 p.m., a car filled with three Burlington residents pulled up into Rodriguez’s driveway. They were later identified by police as Brandon Henderson, Michele Henderson and Lauri Romano.

Police observed Rodriguez reach into the driver’s side of the vehicle and hand something off and receive something in return.

Detectives followed the car from the Kent Street home onto Interstate 495 South before pulling it over.

When police approached the car, they noticed a white powder on the floor. Michele Henderson then told police she had just purchased a $50 bag of cocaine from Rodriguez. All three were then charged with possession of class B substance and transported to Lawrence Police Station.

At 2:45 p.m., police returned to the Kent Street home and knocked on the door. They found Rodriguez and quickly placed him under arrest. Police found a bag of cocaine and 1 plastic twist of heroin in his pocket.

Police also found a fake Puerto Rico ID with Rodriguez’s picture under the name of Alvin Ventura Guzman.

He was charged with possession of a class A and B substance with intent to distribute and distribution of a class B substance and held on immigration charges.

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