EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 4, 2013

Salem teens cited for prowling

No drug charges, but pair cited for prowling

By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
jmackenzie@eagletribune.com

---- — SALEM, N.H. — Two teens, allegedly high on synthetic marijuana, were arrested at 4:42 a.m. yesterday after a resident told police they banged on her window and told her they had a gun.

Police found the two — Kyle Braciska, 19, and Keith Beal, 19 — a short distance away near 72 Townsend Ave.

The caller never saw a gun, nor did police find one, Lt. Robert Morin said yesterday. Braciska denied the two had a gun, he said.

Both men were charged with disorderly conduct and prowling. Braciska also faces a charge of resisting arrest.

Beal never made it to the police station. He was “extremely impaired,” due to drugs, Morin said, and was taken to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for evaluation and treatment.

“Braciska told us he and Beal were smoking Spice all night,” Morin said. “Beal started to hallucinate.”

Braciska told police he was trying to get his friend to his house when Beal ran up to 40 Townsend Ave. and started banging on the window.

The caller told police after the men started banging on her window, she told them she was calling police. They told her they had a gun, according to police, then left her yard and headed up the street toward Lou Avenue.

Braciska, who “apparently didn’t heed officers’ orders to stop,” Morin said, was released on $500 personal recognizance and ordered to appear in 10th Circuit Court in Salem Sept. 9.

Beal was released on a summons and given the same court date.

The arrests come nearly a year after, federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents and local police swarmed Can You Dig It at 101 Main St. as part of a nationwide sweep targeting manufacturers, distributors and retailers of synthetic drugs.

Dubbed Operation Log Jam, the sweep netted millions of packets of synthetic cannabinoids (including Spice and K2) and more than 150,000 packets of synthetic cathinones (bath salts). More than 90 people were arrested in more than 100 cities across the country.

But in Salem, where more than 75 cardboard evidence boxes were removed from the store, no arrests were made. The DEA was in charge and the information released extremely limited.

The raid was conducted under a federal search warrant, but no one would say what was taken.

The shop, now doing business as Havoc, sold pipes, rolling papers, hookahs, adult novelties and clothing, DVDs, “decorative” swords and more.

Less than a month after the raid, Mark Iannazzo of North Andover registered Havoc as a trade name with the N.H. Secretary of State. About six months after that, Judith Tridenti, who lists the same home address as Iannazzo, joined Havoc as an owner, according to paperwork filed with the state.

Tridenti was listed as the owner of Can You Dig It last year.

Havoc, which shares space with Salem Ink, a tattoo parlor, appears to sell much the same products.

After the federal raid, Salem police visited other stores they believed were selling synthetic marijuana or bath salts, telling business owners such sales were illegal, Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said at the time.

About two days after the federal raid, police were called to a S. Policy Street home for a teen “flipping out” after allegedly smoking K2 and Crazy Monkey bath salts.

Since then, all has been relatively quiet — until yesterday. But Morin said he didn’t believe there was a local resurgence in sales or use of the synthetic drugs.

“I don’t think it’s an issue,” he said, “although I think some shops still have it behind the counter. Like anything else, if you want it bad enough, you can find it.”

Detectives will continue to investigate and try to determine the source of the Spice, if that is what the teens were smoking, he said. He also noted three more synthetic drugs recently were added to the DEA’s list of controlled substances. That list changes fairly often because manufacturers tweak the ingredients to avoid legal action.

“It’s the first arrest I can remember in a long time,” Morin said. “It’s not good stuff. Putting anything that’s chemically produced into your body probably isn’t a good idea.”