, Newburyport, MA

December 5, 2012

Man convicted of selling drugs in Amesbury

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY — Jorge “Spider” Cano of Haverhill was sentenced to six months in jail after admitting he sold prescription drugs to an undercover police officer inside a Prospect Street apartment this September.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty last Friday in Newburyport District Court to possession of a class E substance and will spent a total of 75 days behind bars after already serving 63 days in jail awaiting trial. The remainder of his sentence will be suspended for two years during which time he will be on probation.

By pleading guilty to the possession charge, a conspiracy to violate drug laws charge was dismissed by Judge Peter Doyle. Cano also pleaded guilty to distributing a class E substance and was sentenced to two years probation to run concurrently with the possession sentence.

According to police reports, on Sept., 27, Amesbury police Detective Robert Wile set up a meeting with Cano inside a Prospect Street apartment to purchase prescription drugs from him and another man, 18-year-old Peter O’Neil. An undercover police officer went inside the apartment and purchased 23 Adderall, Klonopin and Ativan pills for about $200 before leaving.

After leaving the apartment, the officer met up with Wile in a hallway before the two reentered the apartment and arrested both O’Neil and Cano. O’Neil’s disposition remains undecided as of yesterday.

At the police station, Cano admitted to Officer Ronald Guilmette that he did sell drugs to an undercover police officer, according to his report.

Amesbury police Lt. Jeffrey Worthen said Cano isn’t a known drug dealer in town and that the buy was set up after receiving a tip that the Haverhill man was in town and looking to sell drugs.

“It was a real quick thing,” Worthen said.