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January 29, 2013

Drug raid nets 'major supplier'

Police say arrests should make dent in heroin sales

AMESBURY — The leader of what local police call an elaborate heroin distribution ring with ties to both Salisbury and Lawrence is out on bail following his arraignment yesterday in Newburyport District Court.

Dana Abrahams, 24, of 164 Whitehall Road, B1A10, was arrested Friday afternoon in his residence at British Colonial Apartments following a heavily armed raid by local police and SWAT team members from the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. Also arrested at the scene was Abrahams’ girlfriend, Kimi Kelley, 23, who lives at the same address.

“He’s been a major supplier for the area,” Amesbury police Lt. Jeffrey Worthen said earlier, referring to Abrahams. “I’m very pleased with the arrest on these charges. I think it will put a dent in the sales of heroin in the area.”

Both Abrahams and Kelley were arraigned yesterday on charges of possession of heroin to distribute, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law, being present where heroin is kept, two counts of possession of a class B substance (methadone and Suboxone) and possession of fireworks. They are expected back in court on Feb. 25 for pretrial hearings. While Kelley was released on her own recognizance, Abrahams is being held on $2,500 cash bail, which was posted by Kelley yesterday.

At the same time police were storming Abrahams’ apartment Friday, 18 police officers, detectives and a state police K9 unit burst into an apartment complex on Central Avenue in Salisbury, arresting two suspects and issuing a summons against a third.

Brian Maguire, 23, of Central Avenue, and Dale Sullivan, 40, of Oakland Street in Amesbury, were charged with possession of class A and class D substances. Found in at least one of the apartments were prescription drugs, heroin, drug packaging and needles.

Brian Birmingham, 24, also of Central Avenue, was issued a summons on a charge of possession of a class D substance with intent to distribute. Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said police found cellophane bags, smoking pipes with marijuana residue, a long glass bong, a vaporizer and tweezers inside Birmingham’s apartment.

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