By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURYPORT — A Salisbury man with a history of drug offenses was arrested again Sunday evening outside the MBTA commuter rail station for allegedly selling an undercover police officer an ounce of marijuana.
Samuel Andriotakis, 19, 52 Railroad Ave., was arraigned yesterday at Newburyport District Court on two counts of possession of a class D substance to distribute and two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws. Judge Peter Doyle ordered Andriotakis held on $500 cash bail until a pretrial hearing scheduled for May 10. A clerk at the courthouse said yesterday Andriotakis had posted bail.
In September, Andriotakis was charged with possession of a class B substance, possession of a class D substance to distribute and possession of a dangerous weapon following his arrest by Salisbury police on Elm Street. Two other men were arrested at the same time, also on drug-related charges. In January, Andriotakis was sentenced to a year’s probation on the distributing marijuana charge. The other charges were either continued without finding for a year or not prosecuted.
According to Newburyport police, Andriotakis twice sold an ounce or less of marijuana to an undercover police officer before his arrest. The first buy took place March 13 outside the suspect’s house and involved the sale of an eighth of an ounce for $55.
Eleven days later, the same police officer set up a second, even larger buy, at the MBTA commuter rail station off Boston Way. At that transaction, the suspect gave the officer $380 for an ounce of marijuana. After the deal was complete, the officer called three assisting officers, including one from Amesbury, who swooped in and arrested Andriotakis before he could leave the commuter rail parking lot.