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November 4, 2013

Surveillance yields arrests, $500 in heroin

Police officers took a man they called a known drug user and alleged dealer off the city’s streets Friday evening and reeled in $500 worth of heroin from near the Maplewood Avenue McDonald’s and the 7-Eleven, where police said they’ve carried out numerous narcotics arrests.

According to the police report, officers were conducting surveillance in that area about 7:34 p.m. when they saw Scott R. Decosimo and another man exit a car and walk behind the business buildings. As police approached, they saw Decosimo toss something they later learned was a bag of heroin. Officers subsequently arrested both men.

Decosimo, 46, faces charges of heroin possession and heroin possession with intent to distribute. The other man, Kyle S. Barry, 25, was charged with knowingly being present where heroin is kept. Both men live on Maplewood Avenue.

“Both Barry and Decosimo are also both known to be involved in the use and sale of illegal narcotic drugs,” police officers wrote in the report.

Police said that officers picked up the baggie Decosimo had discarded as they neared and found it contained more than 5 grams of heroin. In his possession, they also found a needle and syringe and numerous plastic baggies. A person close to the case told police that Decosimo had bought the heroin in Lawrence.

In police interviews at the station, officers learned that Decosimo had planned to use some heroin with his girlfriend and sell the rest. As evidence, police also seized a cellular phone and $144 in cash from Decosimo.

Last month, police arrested three people in the same parking lot, bringing a prostitution charge and controlled substance and heroin charges. Officers acknowledged the issue with drug transactions in the area in their report.

“This area is known to officers of the Gloucester Police Department to be an area where individuals engage in the use and sale of narcotics, and numerous arrests have been made there in the past,” the officer wrote.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at

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