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November 14, 2013

Police continue crackdown on drug network

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Jeffrey Parks was charged on multiple counts of distributing class A drugs (opiates and heroin), distribution of counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs. He was arraigned Tuesday at Newburyport District Court and is being held on $25,000 cash or $250,000 surety bail pending a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 5.

According to court records, Jeffrey and John Parks were employees at Lind’s thrift store and lived in a backroom behind the storefront. In September, a criminal informant told police that Jeffrey Parks had sold him two 30 milligram oxycodone pills. That prompted police to set up a series of buys with Jeffrey Parks that brought Lind’s role into clearer focus.

After Jeffery Parks allegedly sold an undercover police officer two oxycodone pills for $65 outside Ellison’s Woodman Way apartment, police took the pills to a local pharmacy. A pharmacist there determined the pills to be counterfeit. Additional buys were conducted outside the Woodman Way apartment and inside the Sylvan Street Grill parking lot in Salisbury. On Oct. 15, police allegedly purchased 10 oxycodone pills for $270 from Jeffrey Parks. Less than a week later, police set up another purchase of 10 oxycodone pills from Lind and Jeffrey Parks inside the same parking lot. According to court records, at least some of the pills sold to an undercover police officer were laced with heroin.

Around that time, police believe Jeffrey Parks and another man broke into Lind’s storage unit inside Cross Roads Plaza and stole $200. Lind declined to press charges related to the theft and police say he and Jeffrey Parks stopped communicating with each other, according to court records.

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