EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 4, 2013

Police arrest two on drug charges on I-93

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM — Two people face drug charges after their car was stopped for “unsafe operation” Friday afternoon on Interstate 93.

State police Trooper Chad Lavoie was conducting traffic enforcement along I-93 in Salem just past 4:30 Friday afternoon when he noticed a car traveling in the breakdown lane.

Lavoie stopped a 2008 Mazda 6, traveling north. It was driven by Robert Correale, 35, of Lady Lake, Fla. Marissa Santos, 24, of Berlin was a passenger in the car.

Lavoie discovered there was a felony warrant out for Santos for narcotics possession. She was taken into custody and police found she had narcotics in her possession.

Further investigation revealed a “substantial” amount of narcotics in the vehicle, as well as a substantial amount of cash, police said. The drugs found in the car are believed to be heroin, according to police.

Correale was arrested for possession and transportation of narcotic drugs, and intent to distribute. He is being held in the Rockingham County jail for lack of $5,000 cash bail.

Santos is being held at the county jail for the warrant, a 72-hour probation hold, and for a new felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug.