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January 29, 2013

Drug raid nets 'major supplier'

Police say arrests should make dent in heroin sales


Maguire and Sullivan were arraigned yesterday and are expected back in court on March 6 for pretrial hearings. Both posted $250 bail and are out awaiting their next court appearances.

Worthen said the raids took place around 5 p.m. Friday after law enforcement officials in both communities had obtained a search warrant following months of investigation. A heavily armed SWAT team was called in to assist Amesbury officials based on information Abrahams possessed weapons.

Among the items found in Abrahams’ apartment were machetes, bats, knives, digital scales, packaging supplies, about $6,000 in cash and two grams of heroin, according to police.

Both Worthen and Fowler said the drug activities going on at both addresses were related and that the departments were working together for an extended time. “We knew the two locations were connected,” Fowler said.

The raids were funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety. Newburyport police were also involved with the arrests and the investigations, according to police.

According to the report of Amesbury police officer Matthew Cunningham, Abrahams had been operating an extensive and profitable drug-selling business out of his British Colonial Apartments residence for at least several months. The suspect would pay people either in cash or drugs to work with him.

Abrahams received many rides to Lawrence, where he would purchase large amounts of heroin. The drugs would then be split up at his apartment and whatever wasn’t kept for his or his girlfriend’s personal use would be transported to the Central Avenue apartment in Salisbury. There, it was packaged and sold by Maguire and Sullivan, according to police.

Most of the heroin was sold to customers in Amesbury, Salisbury, Newburyport, with other customers coming from Rowley, Merrimac, Newbury, Byfield and Seabrook. Prices and amounts varied, but according to police, .02 grams of heroin was sold in red bags for $20 and .03 grams was sold in blue bags for $30. A clear bag held .04 grams of heroin and sold for $40 while orange bags containing .05 grams of heroin sold for $50, according to Cunningham’s report.

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