NEWBURYPORT — A Woodman Way man with connections to those arrested Thursday in a series of drug raids conducted by local and Salisbury police was himself arrested two days later for allegedly selling marijuana, according to court records.
In addition to marijuana possession with intent to distribute, Francisco Rivera, 33, of 18 Woodman Way, No. 9, was charged with marijuana possession, two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Rivera was arraigned in Newburyport District Court yesterday and is being held on $2,500 cash bail pending a pretrial hearing scheduled for Dec. 13.
According to police, the charges stem from two separate incidents. The first took place Thursday afternoon as police officers, armed with a search warrant, conducted a raid of his apartment. The raid was one of many conducted by local and Salisbury police in connection with a massive drug dealing enterprise based out of a fake storefront at 50 Elm St. in Salisbury, a storage locker at a facility at Cross Roads Plaza and a residence at 232 Low St. in Newburyport.
The fake storefront in Salisbury was made to resemble a thrift store, and was just around the corner from a legitimate thrift shop, Mystery Treasures, which is in no way connected to this case.
Among those arrested by Salisbury police was Byron Lind, 36, 232 Low St., Newburyport, who was termed “the kingpin” of the drug operation by an Essex County prosecutor. Lind was charged on multiple counts of distributing class A drugs (opiates and heroin), distribution of counterfeit drugs and conspiracy to distribute drugs, with the possibility of additional charges being added.
Also arrested by Salisbury police on Thursday was Harley Fisher, 27, 53 Market St., Amesbury, taken into custody on outstanding warrants for probation violations on previous convictions on drug possession and felony larceny. Lawrence Crocker, 23, 21 Cove St., Derry, N.H., was also arrested by Salisbury police after being found at the 50 Elm St. address when they arrived.