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October 4, 2013

Danvers man indicted on heroin, gun charges

DANVERS — A Danvers man arrested last month after police witnessed what they said was a heroin deal in a parking lot was indicted this week by a grand jury on drug trafficking and gun charges.

Dana Randall, 27, of 5A Cherry St., will now face charges that include trafficking of more than 36 grams of heroin, possession of heroin and marijuana with intent to distribute, use of a firearm in a felony, and unlicensed possession of a gun and ammunition.

Randall is currently free on $5,000 bail in the case, which will be moved from Salem District Court to Salem Superior Court.

He came onto the radar of Danvers police detectives last fall after officers got tips that there were a large number of visitors to his apartment. In December, he was stopped on Route 1 and found to have heroin on him, police say.

Then, in March, police spotted him as he pulled into a CVS parking lot alongside another car and then engaged in what police say was a drug transaction.

Following his arrest, he agreed to be questioned by police and consented to a search of his home, during which officers found more than an ounce of heroin and a French military-issue handgun and ammunition in a backpack, police said in a report.

While police were searching the apartment, Randall’s attorney, Kevin James, called the police station and demanded that detectives stop speaking to Randall, according to the police report.

James later tried unsuccessfully to have the results of the search tossed out as evidence, according to court papers.

The indictments, handed up on Wednesday, start a new set of proceedings in the superior court. An arraignment date has not been set.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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