HAVERHILL — A man who allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover buyer at Taco Bell shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday was sent to Middleton jail pending a pretrial conference June 21.
Ivan Silvestre, 21, of 4 High St., charged with distributing cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to sell, had $10,000 cash bail set on him by Haverhill District Court Judge Patricia Dowling on Wednesday. The judge also revoked his bail on a prior case, in which Silvestre is charged with breaking into an ATM at Bank of America, 191 Merrimack St., on June 14, 2010.
The Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit has been investigating Silvestre's activities for the last several weeks, according to a report filed with the court by Detective T.J. Howell. Neighbors who live near Silvestre have complained about people coming to and going from his home at all hours, police said.
Shortly before Silvestre sold just over half a gram of cocaine to the undercover buyer, officers saw him make what appeared to be a drug transaction with three young women in a silver Subaru, according to Howell's report.
Silvestre then went to Taco Bell at 280 Main St. and sold the cocaine to the buyer in a restroom there, according to the report. Detectives arrested Silvestre as he left the restaurant.
Silvestre is listed as unemployed, according to the police booking sheet, but he had $381 in cash with him when he was arrested, the police report said.
In the ATM case, police arrested David Haskell, 18, of 101 Laurel Ave., at the bank. Haskell, who told police Silvestre was his accomplice, cut a hole in the drywall above the ATM, climbed into the back of the machine and was trying to steal money from it when an alarm sounded, police said.
Haskell pleaded guilty July 6, 2010, and served four months of a two-year jail sentence imposed by Dowling.
Silvestre, a native of the Dominican Republic, had a jury trial in that case, but the jurors could not agree on a verdict and a mistrial was declared March 17. In addition to the pretrial conference for his most recent case, Silvestre is also scheduled to face his second jury trial in the ATM episode June 21, according to Stephen O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex District Attorney's Office.
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