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January 7, 2011

Gloucester District Court: Heroin charges bumped up to Superior Court

A Gloucester man had drug charges dismissed in Gloucester District Court Friday because he has been indicted and arraigned on the charges in Superior Court in Salem.

Shawn M. Silva, 34, of 9 Pearl St., Gloucester, was arrested in October by police detectives on charges of distributing heroin, heroin possession and dealing drugs in a school zone.

With police monitoring Silva on the suspicion he was dealing heroin, detectives pulled over a vehicle that they had seen Silva get into along School Street.

According to police reports, Silva put something in his mouth as police approached. At the request of officers, police say Silva spit one small plastic bag of heroin out of his mouth, while another was found hidden underneath his tongue.

Richard Means, 56, of 7 County Road, Essex, had charges of assault and battery and witness intimidation dismissed by Judge Joseph Jennings due to a failure to prosecute.

Means was charged in September after Essex police say he assaulted his girlfriend at his County Road home.

Lenroy A. Thomas, 28, of 28A Friend St., Gloucester, was sentenced to three months' pretrial probation by Judge Jennings on charges of leaving the scene of an accident.

Thomas was charged in August after police say he struck a car parked on Friend Street and left the scene. A witness provided Thomas' license plate number to police.

Jessica Freeman, 33, of 86 Washington St., Gloucester, was sentenced to a year's pretrial probation by Judge Jennings on charges of assault and battery and resisting arrest.

Freeman was arrested in August after police say she punched her boyfriend during an argument. Freeman then struggled with the officers who were attempting to arrest her.

Robert V. Goodick III, 44, of 71 Maplewood Ave., Gloucester, had charges of assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime dismissed by Judge Jennings due to a failure to prosecute.

Goodick was charged in September after police were called to a Common Way home on reports of a domestic incident.

Nick Curcuru can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3461, or at

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