The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.
HAVERHILL — Police say a 15-year-old girl was selling drugs to customers who walked up to her bedroom window with cash and that her mother was aware of what was taking place.
When police executed a search warrant on their apartment on Friday, officers found marijuana, cocaine, fentanyl and two unlicensed handguns along with ammunition. Police also seized a total of $1,069 in cash, which they retained as proceeds of the drug trade.
Police charged Heather Vittorioso, 37, of 53 Bellevue Ave. with possession of a firearm without an FID card, unlicensed possession of ammunition, reckless endangerment to a child (two counts), drug possession to distribute (four counts), trafficking in cocaine, possession of a Class B drug, and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Police also charged Cameron Dawson, 18, also of 53 Bellevue Ave., with drug possession to distribute (three counts) and conspiracy to violate drug laws.
Police said Dawson is dating the woman’s juvenile daughter and that they live together in a bedroom in the apartment. Police also identified the juvenile girl as the daughter of Demetrius Tragiou, who is currently being held without bail on assault and kidnapping charges.
Police said the juvenile girl was to be charged with various offenses in juvenile court in Lawrence, while Vittorioso and Dawson were arraigned on their charges on Monday in Haverhill District Court, which is temporarily located at the Newburyport District Courthouse.
Judge Stephen Abany ordered Vittorioso held on $3,000 cash bail and ordered Dawson held on $1,000 cash bail.
Should they post bail, both must remain drug and alcohol free, including medical marijuana, and must submit to random drug screenings.
Abany also issued a 90-day warning, meaning if either of them are charged with another offense while their cases are pending, they can be ordered held for up to 90 days without bail. Probable cause hearings were scheduled for Feb. 6.
According to court officials, the landlord of the third floor apartment filed a request for an emergency eviction based on the sale of drugs out of that apartment.
Officials said that as of Monday, a hearing was being scheduled for the emergency eviction request.
According to a police report on file in Haverhill District Court, on Friday at approximately 9 a.m., members of the Haverhill Police Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant for Vittorioso’s apartment.
Detectives encountered Vittorioso wrapped in a towel, and found Dawson and Vittorioso’s juvenile daughter in bed in a bedroom.
When police told the girl and Dawson why they were there, the young couple responded, “we only sell weed.”
Police encountered a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old boy in the living room. The juvenile boy told police he’d just slept there for the night while the 18-year-old (Vittorioso’s nephew) said he had been dropped off by a cab earlier that morning as he was planning to attend a court hearing for Demetrius Tragiou and Lisa Lavoie.
According to the Essex district attorney’s office, Demetrius Tragiou, 36, of 47D Forest Acres Drive, was indicted on Oct. 26 by an Essex grand jury on charges of armed assault to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and four counts of kidnapping.
Lisa Lavoie, 39, of 47D Forest Acres Drive, was indicted on four counts of kidnapping.
Police searched the 18-year-old boy’s pockets and found more than $750, which the boy said he earned by working for his father’s business. Both boys were allowed to leave the apartment.
A search of the bedroom where Dawson and the 15-year-old girl were staying turned up four bags of cocaine and a bag of marijuana. Police said they had learned during an investigation that the 15-year-old girl conducted her illegal drug operation by having customers walk up the back deck, knock on the window and then exchange cash for drugs.
Also seized were digital scales, a drug ledger, $439 in cash and can of Comet cleaner that had a false bottom for storing drugs.
Police searched an unoccupied bedroom where Vittorioso said her 16-year-old son sleeps and found a backpack that contained a silver Bryco .380 pistol and a Heckler & Koch P30L 9 mm pistol along with loaded magazines and a box of ammunition.
Also in the backpack were several bags of cocaine that totaled approximately 21 grams, and a bag that contained numerous smaller bags of fentanyl, a highly potent narcotic.
Police noted in their report that approximately two months ago, there was a shooting that involved associates of Tragiou at the location.
A search of Vittorioso’s wallet turned up a Suboxone strip, similar to ones found in the bedroom where Cameron and the juvenile girl were found. Also in the wallet was $630, which police also seized as proceeds of the drug trade.
Several cell phones were seized from the apartment as well.
Police said they also found a ledger that had the names of customers, amounts of drugs purchased, and what payments they had made.
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