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October 3, 2012

Same man nabbed twice amid drug raids

For the second time in 10 days, Gloucester detectives have arrested the same Salem man for dealing heroin in town.

Detectives Jeremiah Nicastro, Sean Conners and Tom Quinn arrested Jose Rodriguez III, 24, of 147 Washington St. in Salem on charges of distributing heroin after a chase through the city center on Sept. 22. But 10 days later, Nicastro got a call from an informant, who said Rodriguez was back in business

The detectives then staged a controlled buy at Burnham’s Field, and brought Rodriguez back into the station where he was arrested. He said he sold three bags of heroin on Monday, Oct 1.

Rodriguez was held Tuesday on $5,000 cash bail, after his arraignment, whereas he had walked out of court on $200 bail 10 days earlier.

This time, even if he paid the $5,000 Tuesday, said Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex County District Attorney’s office, he could be ordered held without bail for 60 days, as his first bail was revoked.

His arrest is the latest in a string of heroin and cocaine busts that Gloucester Detectives preformed last month. Since Sept. 1, Gloucester Police have worked an investigation that saw a total of six people arrested for heroin and cocaine possession, three of those for distribution. The three, Detective Jeremiah Nicastro said were high volume dealers from out of town.

The out-of-town dealers, said Chief of Detectives, Lt. Kathy Auld, are in it to make money — and that differentiates them from most local dealers, she said.

“Gloucester dealers deal to get their supply (of drugs), not to make money,” Auld said.

The investigation started after Nicastro and Detective Steve Mizzoni arrested a Chelsea man and a Salem woman on heroin distribution and possession charges on Grove Street, Sept. 1.

That afternoon, police arrested Luis Martinez, 21, of 154 Pearl St., Apt. 1 in Chelsea and Jennifer Bernabel of 89 Rainbow Terrace in Salem on heroin possession charges. Martinez had cut off Nicastro in a car after Nicastro left Burnham’s Field after hearing that four known heroin users were hanging around in the downtown park off Pleasant and Burnham streets.

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