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April 15, 2014

Husband, wife jailed for selling oxycodone

NEWBURYPORT — A Salisbury woman will be joining her husband in jail after being sentenced to two years for trying to sell more than 240 oxycodone pills.

Jennifer Bernardini, 38, 70 Northern Blvd., pleaded guilty after being charged with two counts of possession of a class B substance (oxycodone) to distribute, two counts of possession of a class B substance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license and marked lanes following a March traffic stop in Amesbury. Oxycodone is a powerful painkiller that can be addictive.

Her arrest on Route 110 came just a month after she pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge and was sentenced to 18 months in jail, with the sentence suspended for two years while on probation. A possession of a class E substance (prescription narcotics) 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.

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.

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 came and went 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 that contained prescription medications,” King’s report reads.

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