NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

May 22, 2013

Port brothers charged in drug raid


Newburyport Daily News

---- — HAMPTON, N.H. — A Newburyport man with a history of drug arrests was arraigned on a felony drug charge Monday in Seabrook Circuit Court following his arrest Friday by local police conducting a drug raid at the Stone Gable Inn.

Brian Maguire, 24, was charged with felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held on $2,500 cash bail and is due back in court next Wednesday for a probable cause hearing. Maguire was last charged with drug related offenses in January when he was one of four people arrested by Salisbury and Amesbury police conducting simultaneous raids in those communities.

His brother, Joshua Maguire, 25, was arrested during the Stone Gable Inn raid and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and a previous bench warrant. A court official said Joshua Maguire was released on bail over the weekend but is likely to be arraigned June 5 at the same time he is arraigned for the warrant related to unpaid attorney fees.

Acting on anonymous tips regarding drug use and sales being conducted inside the Route 1 motel, Hampton police obtained and issued search warrants for two rooms. Investigators recovered a quantity of narcotic drugs, drug paraphernalia, money and weapons inside the rooms, according to Hampton police Lt. Daniel Gilday said.

Additional arrests are anticipated for others involved in the sale of controlled drugs at the inn, Gilday added.

In January, Brian Maguire was arrested, along with another man, inside a Central Avenue apartment in Salisbury and charged with possession of a class A and class D substance. Eighteen police officers, detectives and a state police K9 unit burst into the apartment complex that day. Found in at least one of the apartments were prescription drugs, heroin, drug packaging and needles, according to police.

According to an Essex County District Attorney’s office spokesperson, Brian Maguire is scheduled for a disposition hearing on June 14 at Newburyport District Court in relation to the January arrest, adding he was given a bail warning for his most recent arrest.

At the same time Maguire was arrested in January, a heavily armed raid by local police and SWAT team members from the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council burst into the Whitehall Road apartment of what police called the leader of an elaborate heroin distribution ring with ties to both Salisbury and Lawrence.

Dana Abrahams, 24, of Amesbury was charged of possession of heroin to distribute, conspiracy to violate the controlled substance law, being present where heroin is kept, two counts of possession of a class B substance (methadone and Suboxone) and possession of fireworks. He is out on $2,500 cash bail but expected back in court June 25 for a discovery motion, according to the same Essex County District Attorney’s office spokesperson.

Hampton police are encouraging anyone with information on their case or tips in general to call the department at 603-929-4444. Anonymous tips can be made through the Crimeline for the Hamptons at 603-929-1222 or emailed to: hamptonscrimeline@yahoo.com.