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April 24, 2014

Editorial: Alert neighbors prompt drug crackdown

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Kudos to Haverhill police for several drug arrests in the Bradford section of the city, prompted by complaints from residents about unusual activity in their neighborhoods.

According to police reports, Haverhill detectives conducted four days of surveillance in Bradford, including a stakeout of a home at 94 Chadwick St., just 300 feet from the Greenleaf Elementary School. Police said they were looking for John Rosado, a Lawrence man wanted for heroin distribution.

Police said that last Thursday, they observed Rosado emerge from the Chadwick Street home and get into a car that had pulled up at the curb. The car proceeded to the McDonald’s parking lot on South Main Street, where Rosado exited and began walking back toward Chadwick Street. According to the police report, detectives approached the car with guns drawn. They arrested Nicholas Malfatti, 29, of 71 Summer St., and Randel Dwyer, 30, of 53 Lewis St., Apt. 2, and charged both with possession of Class A heroin and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

The report said Rosado returned to 94 Chadwick St. where he was arrested after he ran into the backyard.

Rosado was charged with trafficking, distribution and possession to distribute Class A heroin, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and a drug violation near a school or park. A search of the home found scales and a backpack containing $2,527 in cash and 143.8 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $8,000. Police searched Rosado and seized $1,341.

The Chadwick Street arrests were among several made last week for drug-related crimes.

On Tuesday, police arrested Joshua Burney, 23, of Seabrook, N.H., Michael Anthony Burney, 28, also of Seabrook, Richard White, 23, of Salisbury, and Kevin Michael O’Malley, 28, also of Salisbury. Police charged Joshua Burney and Richard White with knowingly being present where heroin is kept. Police charged Michael Anthony Burney with possession of Class A heroin, and charged Kevin Michael O’Malley with possession of Class B Percocet, a prescription painkiller.

On Wednesday, police arrested Jacquelyn Frederick, 39, of Chester, N.H., and charged her with possession to distribute Class A and E substances, and possession of a Class B substance. Police also arrested Cameron Boudrow, 22, of West Newbury, and Joseph Lemaitre, 22, of West Newbury, and charged both men with distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Police noted that the drug crackdown was prompted by complaints by watchful neighbors.

“Today it appears that people purchasing heroin will often look for a close place to use the drug,” Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson told reporter Mike LaBella. “Often it is a business parking lot or just a parking spot on a side street. If you are seeing unusual activity in your neighborhood or work place, please let us know.”

That’s good advice. No one should have to tolerate illicit drug activity in their neighborhoods.

Residents with concerns about unusual activity in their neighborhood can contact police at 978-373-1212. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.