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April 2, 2013

Gloucester District Court: Man gets suspended term on heroin charge

Gloucester District Court

A 23-year-old Pearl Street resident pleaded guilty to a charge of heroin possession with intent to distribute and was sentenced to 18 months in Middleton Jail.

Luis Martinez was ordered to serve six months of the sentence, with 21 days credited to him and the balance will be held suspended over him until March 2015.

An additional charge of possessing heroin was dismissed upon the request of the commonwealth.

Police had arrested Martinez after an officer pulled Martinez’s vehicle over when he allegedly saw Martinez drive past a posted “stop” sign without stopping, according to police. Police said Martinez had 13 air fresheners, 4.7 grams of heroin and a digital scale in his car.

A charge of failing to stop at a posted sign was entered with the defendant’s consent.

A judge found that Stephen L. Mione, a 34-year-old Clearview Avenue resident, had admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of driving after a license suspension, but continued that case without a finding until September.

In the meantime, Mione was ordered to remain under administrative supervision, pay a $50 assessment and not drive until licensed.

A number of cases were dismissed in Gloucester District Court:

A charge of heroin possession against 22-year-old Jennifer Bernabel of Salem was dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Charges of disturbing the peace and property vandalization against 54-year-old Ronald J. Heckman of Millet Street were dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Assault and battery charges in two separate cases and a charge of disturbing the peace against 22-year-old Mariah Gauthier of Pearl Street were dismissed upon failure to prosecute.

Charges of driving with a license suspended because of a drunken driving charge, possessing a class C drug, and not having a valid inspection sticker for a vehicle against Patrick J. Corning of Peabody, 29, were determined “nolle prosequi” or not to be prosecuted.

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