LAWRENCE — Former Lawrence High School football standout Luis Crispin will be back in Lawrence District Court next month as his heroin distribution and trafficking case moves forward.
Crispin, 18, of 231 Ferry St., who police said used the alias of "Brian," was arrested and charged in November after allegedly selling large quantities of heroin to an undercover police officer.
Police said Crispin, an LHS senior, was living a double life — going to classes and football practice during the day and selling heroin at night. A wide receiver, Crispin was twice named an Eagle-Tribune All-Star.
Held at Middleton Jail on $50,000 bail, Crispin was in Lawrence District Court briefly Thursday morning for a probable cause hearing. The hearing, at the agreement of both the prosecution and Socrates De La Cruz, Crispin's defense attorney, was rescheduled for Feb.22.
Crispin stood in the prisoner's dock, wearing a gray T-shirt and rosary beads around his neck.
During a probable cause hearing a judge will determine whether probable cause existed for Crispin's arrest.
Crispin is also facing a gun charge in Lowell, where he was arrested shortly before facing heroin charges in Lawrence.
On Nov. 2, Crispin was arrested in Lowell for illegally carrying a .38-caliber semi-automatic handgun. There were seven rounds of ammunition in the gun, including one in the chamber.
He is due back in Lowell District Court on the gun charge on Jan. 22.
After his arrest in Lowell, Lawrence narcotics detectives immediately applied for a warrant for his arrest on the Lawrence heroin charges.
According to a detective's report, roughly a month into the school year, police were told Crispin had been selling heroin for at least six months and had customers coming to the city from New Hampshire.
Crispin allegedly sold substantial amounts of heroin to the undercover police officer on two occasions since Sept. 21.
A confidential informant told detectives Crispin would sell them heroin by the "finger," a 10-gram package. Each finger of heroin yields about 20 illegal street doses. The heroin can also be stretched further it's mixed with other drugs, including fentanyl, a synthetic opioid painkiller.
The informant told detectives the more heroin you bought from "Brian" the lower the price would be.
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