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April 27, 2012

New Hampshire trio charged in heroin bust

LAWRENCE — Three New Hampshire residents were arrested on drug charges after their pickup truck was seen in a high-drug trafficking area of the city Wednesday afternoon.

Detective Sgt. Gene Hatem was patrolling the Bradford Street area when he saw the truck parked in front of 99 Bradford St. with three occupants, later identified as Meghan Joyce, 21, and Patrick MacLaughlin, 23, and James Lennon, 41, all of Raymond, N.H.

Police said as Hatem watched, Lennon walked from the Ford F150 across the street and into the back yard of a building there. Hatem found the incident suspicious and stopped the truck and called for a marked cruiser.

Officer Adam Goujon arrived and began to question Lennon about the reasons he was in the city and Lennon answered them evasively, police said. Lennon then volunteered the information that he was clean and had not used heroin in 30 days, police said.

When they learned Lennon's license was suspended, they called for a tow truck and had Joyce and MacLaughlin get out of the truck.

When the officers looked inside the truck they found a plastic twist of heroin on the floor on the passenger side, and also a green bottle containing heroin and residue.

When police asked who owned the heroin, Joyce initially remained silent, but then admitted it was hers.

Joyce was arrested and charged with possession of heroin. Lennon and MacLaughlin were both charged with knowingly being present where heroin is kept.

While pat-frisking Joyce and MacLaughlin, the officers found two hypodermic needles, police said.

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