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February 15, 2014

Police: Peabody heroin trafficker arrested

PEABODY — Police say two people were arrested and cocaine and heroin seized after a SWAT team served a search warrant at an apartment on Lowell Street early yesterday morning.

Steven J. Bossler, 35, of 135 Lowell St., Apt. 2, was arrested on charges of possession to distribute of a class B drug and trafficking in a class A drug.

At the same time, a 17-year-old man was arrested on charges of possession of a class A drug, possession to distribute of a class B drug and possession to distribute of a class C drug.

The investigation into Bossler’s residence began after police received anonymous tips via the department’s MyPD application, according to a press release yesterday from Detective Michael Crane. Detectives conducting surveillance after those tips reportedly observed 30 to 40 vehicles visiting Bossler’s residence a day.

Police executed a search warrant at the apartment at 5 a.m. and seized heroin, cocaine and cash, as well as handgun and assault rifle replicas, Crane wrote.

The warrant was served in conjunction with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s SWAT team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, a Salem police K-9 unit and officers from the Danvers, Salem and Ipswich departments.

Bossler was expected to be arraigned yesterday at Peabody District Court.

The juvenile was expected to appear at the Essex County Juvenile Court in Salem.

Neil H. Dempsey can be reached at ndempsey@salemnews.com.

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