LAWRENCE — A 41-year-old man arrested last month in a Haverhill Street alley denies he admitted to police he used and possessed heroin at the time of his arrest.
Milton Montaldo of Haverhill said he was arrested and charged with trespassing, but that he never possessed any heroin or a needle and syringe as indicated in the police report.
According to the report, officers were sent to the area behind 383 Haverhill St., about 12:20 a.m. to investigate a report of an assault with a dangerous weapon in the alley.
They were approached by a woman who told them she had just seen a man shooting heroin under a streetlight and told him to put his hands in the air.
The man then tossed a bottle cap, and a plastic bag, and the officer also found the orange cap to a hypodermic needle and syringe.
According to the police report, the man, identified as Montaldo, admitted to using and possessing heroin, and because of his honesty, the officers only charged him with trespassing.
But Montaldo said he never made such an admission to the officers.
Montaldo said he was leaving the Hispanic Week carnival on Campagnone Common and was walking through the alley when he encountered the police.
“I want to clear my name,” Montaldo said. “ I love my wife.”
He said his wife’s co-workers saw the story of his arrest in The Eagle-Tribune and told her about it and she was embarassed.
“We’ve been together for 23 years,” he said.
He said it was unlikely he would not have been charged with heroin possession, if in fact he had it and threw it, because the police arrest everyone they find with heroin.
“I reviewed the report and in fact he admitted to the officers that he used drugs, although he was not charged with that,” police Chief John Romero said. “The department is now reviewing that.”.