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February 6, 2013

Two heroin arrests bring two-year jail term

A 26-year-old Salem man who was arrested in Gloucester in September twice within an 11-day span on charges including distributing heroin, resisting arrest, and assault with a dangerous weapon, faces two years in Middleton Jail, with 125 of those days already served.

Jose L. Rodriguez of 147 Washington St. in that city pleaded guilty Monday in one case of resisting arrest and possessing heroin for the purpose of distributing the drug, with Judge Joseph Jennings finding him guilty on both charges.

Jennings also found Rodriguez responsible for a disorderly conduct charge, and he pleaded guilty of distributing heroin in a second case and was found guilty on that charge as well. Jennings dismissed charges of drug possession, committing a drug violation near a school and assault with a dangerous weapon against Rodriguez at the state’s request.

Rodriguez was initially arrested after police received a tip that he would be arriving from Lynn on a train with 10 grams of heroin to sell in Gloucester, according to a police report.

Police waited for Rodriguez at the Railroad Avenue commuter rail station, and approached him as he got into a vehicle, according to the report. But the vehicle, driven by another man — identified as Aran Poole, 28, of 29 School St,. Gloucester — took off at “high speed,” striking and knocking down one police officer, according to the report.

During the pursuit, which ended near the Fire Department headquarters on School Street, passed by St. Ann’s School, a spot within 300 feet of a daycare facility and the YMCA building, causing police to file the charge of committing a drug violation near a school that was dismissed in court today.

Rodriguez was treated at Addison Gilbert Hospital after the stop because police believed he may have ingested some of the heroin, according to the report. Police also said Rodriguez confessed that he was hiding the drug in his anal cavity, and removed it for officers at the hospital. According to the report, Rodriguez told police he had been travelling to Lynn on the MBTA commuter train, where he would buy heroin to later resell in Gloucester.

Rodriguez posted his $200 bail, and 11 days later was arrested again in Gloucester after police detectives observed him selling heroin at Burnham’s Field.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at mnesin@gloucestertimes.com.

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