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March 19, 2014

Local woman charged with selling drugs

AMESBURY — A Salisbury woman already on probation for selling prescription drugs was arraigned yesterday at Newburyport District Court after local police say she was in the process of selling more than 240 oxycodone tablets.

Jennifer Bernardini, 38, 70 Northern Blvd., was held without bail based on her alleged probation violation and is due back in court on April 9. Judge Peter Doyle also instituted a 60-day warning on her probation status.

Last month, Bernardini pleaded guilty to possession of a class B substance to distribute and was sentenced to 18 months in jail with the sentenced suspended for two years while on probation. A possession of a class E substance to distribute charge was dismissed.

February’s plea deal stems from a lengthy drug investigation conducted by Salisbury and state police related to the mailing of prescription drugs to the Northern Boulevard home she shares with her husband, 41-year-old Eric J. Bernardini.

According to the report of Salisbury police Detective Sgt. Anthony King, the Bernardinis received hundreds of narcotic-based pills through the United States Postal Service beginning in February 2012. Police watched as cars would come and go from their residence at all times of the day and night.

A second package addressed to the couple was intercepted by a USPS inspector at a sorting facility in June 2012, and it was determined that it contained drugs. The inspector delivered the package to the Bernardinis personally and it was signed for by Jennifer Bernardini. Local police then arrested Jennifer Bernardini, who admitted to “receiving numerous packages in the mail which contained prescription medications,” King’s report reads.

Earlier this month, Eric Bernardini pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of a class B substance to distribute and a single count of possession of a class B substance to distribute. He was sentenced to six months in jail for each count with all sentences to run concurrently.

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