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April 7, 2014

Drug busts net 5 suspects

Police seize heroin, cocaine in Amesbury, Salisbury

AMESBURY — Five people face multiple drug charges after two separate but related busts Saturday in Amesbury and Salisbury resulted in the seizure of heroin and a large quantity of cocaine.

Saturday at 6:30 a.m., a SWAT team comprised of Amesbury and regional police officers raided a Powderhouse Court home and arrested two people believed to be major heroin and cocaine dealers within the city, according to Amesbury police.

Sandra Magrath, 42, and Jesus Ruiz, 32, both of 29 Powderhouse Court, were charged with heroin distribution, cocaine trafficking and conspiracy to violate drug laws following the raid at their residence, off Whitehall Road near the South Hampton border. Both suspects are being held without bail and are expected to be arraigned today at Newburyport District Court.

About 12 hours later, Salisbury police entered a Lena Mae Way house and arrested Kendall L. DiGenova, 18, Peter J. Moughan, 48, and Rachael Sara DiGenova, 40, all of 23 Lena Mae Way, and charged them with conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Kendall DiGenova was also charged with possession of a class A substance to distribute. Moughan was also charged with being present where heroin is kept and a previous warrant. Rachael DiGenova was also charged with two previous warrant and possession of a class A substance to distribute. All three are also expected to be arraigned today at the State Street courthouse.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said the arrests were the culmination of a two-week investigation with input from Amesbury police in the pursuit of those selling heroin in the area.

Amesbury police Chief Kevin Ouellet said the raid was the result of a lengthy investigation spearheaded by Amesbury Detective Sean Leary with the assistance of other Amesbury police officers and law enforcement officials from neighboring communities. Armed with arrest warrants and a search warrant, local police and a North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team stormed the residence.

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