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November 13, 2013

Another arrest made in drug case


Arrested by Newburyport police were John Parks, 22, 8 Atlantic Ave., Amesbury, who was charged with two counts of sale of class A drugs and one of conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Maria Christina Ellison, 35, who lives at Rivera’s apartment, was also arrested. She was charged with two counts of sale of class A drugs and one of conspiracy to violate the drug laws. During their raid of Rivera’s apartment, police found a red coffee can filled with 4 grams of marijuana, hundreds of plastic baggies and plastic containers. A digital scale was found in his bedroom. A set of brass knuckles and a doubled-edged knife were also found inside the apartment, according to court records.

Two days later, police were called to a disturbance outside Rivera’s Woodman Way apartment around 6:40 p.m. Upon their arrival, police found a large crowd gathered in a parking lot. Members of the crowd reported that Rivera had threatened to get a gun and shoot everyone there. Moments later, a woman came out of a back door and said Rivera and another man were fighting in a hallway, according to police.

Officers Eric Marshall, Joshua Tierney and Gregory Whitney ran inside to find Rivera and another man fighting at the bottom of steps leading to the basement. Two firearms were close by. The three officers managed to tackle, separate and then handcuff the two men. The firearms, one silver and another black, turned out to be pellet guns.

Upon talking to witnesses and the two alleged combatants, police determined that Rivera was the aggressor. During questioning, Rivera told police that the other man had “got in his face,” prompting him to attack him, according to Tierney’s police report.

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