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October 4, 2013

More progress in heroin battle

Police to continue use of informants, undercover officers to catch dealers

SALISBURY — The recent arrest of a Salisbury man believed to be a major mover of heroin within town borders has taken one of law enforcement’s biggest targets off the streets, for the time being. But even with 50-year-old Dana Abrahams’ arrest, police concede that its campaign to rid Salisbury of heroin is far from over.

Abrahams, of High Street, was arrested by police Tuesday after officers observed him selling drugs inside a CVS Pharmacy parking lot on Beach Road. Abrahams was also wanted by Newburyport police for selling drugs in that city. Salisbury police charged Abrahams with heroin distribution and a previous warrant. Newburyport police charged him with heroin possession, heroin distribution and conspiracy to violate drug laws. He was arraigned Wednesday at Newburyport District Court and is being held on $10,000 cash bail.

Court records show that Abrahams has 143 entries in his criminal file including the sale of narcotics, kidnapping, break and entering and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

During the booking process, Salisbury police Detective Anthony King conducted a strip search of the suspect and found a white bag containing 2.7 grams of heroin inside a body cavity. Police also recovered $244 in cash and Abraham’s cellphone.

According to Salisbury police, as Abrahams was being processed, his cellphone continued beeping and ringing. One of the names that popped up repeatedly on the phone’s screen belonged to Kylie Grelle, a well-known heroin user known to live in Salisbury. In late September, Grelle, along with her boyfriend, Cameron Burke, and another man, Emmanuel Paraskoulakis of Newburyport, were arrested and charged with heroin possession by Newburyport police for allegedly shooting up in a wooded area behind Graf Rink.

The texts asked Abrahams to meet up allegedly so he could sell her more heroin. Pretending to be Abrahams, Salisbury police officer James Leavitt arranged to meet Grelle inside the Star of the Sea Church parking lot on Ferry Road. Grelle agreed, prompting police to place fake drugs in a plastic bag and assign an undercover police officer to conduct the reverse buy.

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