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Merrimack Valley

October 12, 2012

Police raid suspected drug house, arrest six

LAWRENCE — Six people were arrested on heroin and cocaine possession and distribution charges during a raid at a suspected drug den on Springfield Street Wednesday.

Based on information from a confidential informant, as well as citizen complaints and police surveillance, the police department’s Street Narcotics Enforcement unit, along with the Emergency Response Team, executed a search warrant at 131 Springfield St. about 3:40 p.m. where they found buyers and sellers of drugs, according to a police report.

As police took up position around the house, a confidential informant was sent in to conduct a drug transaction. The “C.I.” , as the person is referred to in the police report, first made a phone call to someone in the house, went inside, and, using money given to him by police, purchased heroin.

The informant then gave police a detailed account of what was going on inside the building, including who was inside, where they were seated and what they were doing. He said there were two women looking out the windows, serving as lookouts. Others inside were making and receiving phone calls or maintaining and procuring illegal narcotics, police said.

As police prepared to raid the building, another person arrived and went inside, likely to purchase drugs, police said.

According to the police report: “The occupants were all working in conjunction with the storage, packaging and ultimately the distribution of illegal narcotics.”

The Team then converged on the building, securing the front and rear exits. As they entered the dwelling, the person who had just been seen entering the house tried running out, dropping a baggie of what turned out to be heroin on the ground. Another man tried jumping out a window, dropping a case police later determined contained heroin. Both men were arrested.

The following residents of 131 Springfield St. were arrested: Freddy Hernandez, 40, charged with distribution of Class A (heroin), distribution in a school zone, possession with intent to distribute Class B (cocaine) and other charges; Eric Alberto Corales, 43, knowingly present where heroin is kept, distribution of class B and distribution within a school zone; Lamar Hammonds, 63, knowingly present where heroin is kept and possession of a Class B drug; Rebecca Blais, 38, being present where heroin is kept.

Also under arrest were: Stacy Swank, 33, homeless, charged with being present where heroin is kept; and, Loc Dang, 37, 107 South Union St., Lawrence, possession of a Class A drug.

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