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January 17, 2008

Two drug busts result in six arrests

Police busted two separate drug operations in two days, resulting in the arrests of six men; charges are pending against two others.

Five of the men were arrested in connection with heroin dealings from a second-floor apartment at 29 Church St. on Tuesday. Two were charged with dealing drugs from the apartment where they lived, where police said "substantial drug dealing (was) going on with people coming and going on a regular basis."

The sixth arrest was in a separate case involving illegal possession of the prescription drug Suboxone.

In the Church Street case, Lt. Michael Lane said 100 packets of heroin were recovered from the apartment after the arrest of residents Mark S. White, 31, and Randy S. White, 27. Lane was not sure whether the men are related.

Each was charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and possession of marijuana and prescription drugs. The men were also charged with selling drugs in a school zone, since the apartment is within 1,000 feet of St. Ann's School.

Gloucester detectives had been watching the apartment after receiving information that Mark White, Randy White and a roommate, who was not home at the time of the arrests, had been dealing heroin in $20 paper folds and $50 bags. The source had also told detectives that they had seen more than 100 bags of heroin in a sugar container in the apartment.

Around 10:15 a.m Tuesday, Detectives Sean Conners and Kenneth Ryan and Lane observed two men, later identified as Jason Moody, 18, of 20 Gould Court and his father, Brian D. Moody, 43, of 24 Myrtle Square, walk toward the house.

After watching Jason Moody enter the house while his father waited outside, police stopped them when Jason Moody left the home. Jason Moody turned over six paperfolds of heroin and was arrested on charges of possession of the drug. His father was arrested on charges of knowingly being in the presence of heroin.

Jason Moody told police he had purchased $100 worth of heroin from Randy White. He said he had called Randy White on Monday and made arrangements to pick up the heroin from under a picnic table in the backyard of 29 Church St. and leave money in the same place.

Police said Jason Moody told them he had made daily purchases of between $40 and $100 worth of heroin from Randy White.

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