“We don’t usually see that kind of activity in Merrimac,” Shears said, adding that the Greenleaf Park apartment complex is not known as a hot spot for drug deals.
Wednesday’s buy was the fourth conducted by undercover police officers over the course of about a month starting Sept. 26. All the buys took place around Ellis’ Greenleaf Park residence, according to court records.
Shears said Serrano’s arrest was made possible by the close cooperation between Merrimac police Officer Robert Coppola, Amesbury police and Salisbury police. Also playing a part was a federal grant that Newburyport, Amesbury and Salisbury police have been awarded the last two years: the Edward J. Byrne Memorial Justice Grant program. Assisting in the arrests were Shears, Amesbury police detectives David Pare and Sean Leary, Amesbury police officer Thomas Nichols, Merrimac police officers Richard Holcroft, Steven Ringuette and several Salisbury police officers.
“The cooperation lead to the arrest of a substantial street-level drug dealer getting him off the streets,” Shears said.
Police are continuing its investigation into the matter and checking with area agencies to determine Serrano’s sex offender classification, Shears said.