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February 27, 2014

Undercover cop used to nab drug suspect

SALEM — Salem police used an undercover officer in a recent drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of a suspect last night.

Salem police Capt. Thomas Griffin said that, starting in February, police used hand-to-hand sales of crack cocaine with an undercover officer throughout the investigation.

Around 6 last night, when the undercover officer met with the suspect, a number of police officers moved in and arrested him in Crosby’s Marketplace parking lot on Canal Street, according to Griffin.

Eduardo Leon, 37, 98 Rainbow Terrace, was charged with four counts of distribution of a class B drug, two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to distribute and possession of a class A drug with intent to distribute.

“It was a very good investigation, and a lot of hard work went into getting these drugs off the street,” Griffin said. “We’re plugging away to work on this problem as best we can.”

Griffin added that police were pleased they were able to confiscate heroin in addition to crack cocaine, given the number of overdoses plaguing the area.

At the scene of the arrest, police located three bags of crack cocaine that Leon dropped on the ground outside of his car when policed moved in on him, Griffin said.

While executing a search warrant at Leon’s home, police located more than 10 grams of heroin, more than 7 grams of crack, and a little more than $1,000, Griffin said.

The captain said that, given the charges, he intends to ask for a high bail for Leon, who is to be arraigned at Salem District Court this morning.

Terri Ogan can be reached at 978-338-2660, via email at togan@salemnews.com or on Twitter @terriogan.

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