LAWRENCE — Police arrested two alleged heroin dealers in separate incidents recently.
One of them was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail while the other is accused of selling the drug to an undercover buyer near Lawrence High School.
Escolastico Hernandez, 47, of 35 Basswood St., was arrested on Embankment Street at around 2:30 p.m. last Wednesday and charged with trafficking in heroin and cocaine. Police saw a car with New Hampshire plates go through two red lights on South Union Street, according to a report filed by Officer Chad Lawlor.
Officers assigned to the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit saw the car head for Embankment Street, where one of the occupants got out and approached a silver Honda Odyssey driven by Hernandez, police said.
The car with New Hampshire plates was stopped shortly thereafter and detectives found five "fingers" of heroin and eight "twists" of cocaine, for which Daniel Koski, 21, of Keene, N.H., had paid $2,200, police said.
Koski was charged with possession of heroin and possession of cocaine.
Detectives then stopped Hernandez and arrested him, according to Gonzalez's report. Hernandez refused to answer any questions, but after his car was towed to Sheehan's garage, police did a thorough check of the vehicle and found 40 grams of heroin and 84 grams of cocaine, Gonzalez wrote.
Police also found $2,310 in cash on Hernandez, according to the detective's report.
When Hernandez was arraigned on Thursday, Lawrence District Court Judge Holly Broadbent ordered him held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for April 27. Hernandez was still incarcerated at Middleton jail Monday night, according to the Essex County Sheriff's Department.
Francisco Aponte, 30, of 12 Portland St., was arrested shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday on North Parish Road shortly after selling an unspecified quantity of heroin to an undercover buyer, police said. When officers approached Aponte, who was seated in a car, he tried to swallow a "twist" of heroin, according to a report filed by Detective Carmen Purpora.
Apone was charged with distribution of heroin as well as committing a drug offense within 500 feet of a school. Lawrence High School is at the end of North Parish Road.