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October 28, 2013

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Alleged heroin dealer 'feared for her life'

NEWBURYPORT — Well before 27-year-old Katie Sullivan was arrested by local police for allegedly selling heroin across the city to customers, including an undercover police officer, the Merrimac resident had been in and out of the legal system for years. Court documents show that Sullivan is a part of a network of alleged drug dealers and addicts who bounce around several communities in between arrests and convictions.

Records also show how efforts by the state to rehabilitate Sullivan have failed, leading her to pick up where she had left off, only this time in a different community.

Sullivan and Thomas E. Dastous, 30, both of 56 East Main St., No. 2, Merrimac, were arrested Oct. 1 by Newburyport police in Merrimac and charged with heroin distribution, heroin possession, conspiracy to violate the drug law and selling drugs near a school or park. They were arraigned in Newburyport District Court hours later and are due back in court today for pretrial hearings.

Since January, Sullivan has been arrested at least three times by local, Amesbury and Salisbury police. In January, she was arrested by Amesbury police for selling heroin in her apartment and in June sentenced to 18 months behind bars. But Sullivan avoided jail time, as the sentence was suspended for 18 months in an effort to get her clean. In September, Sullivan was arrested by Salisbury police on two previous warrants based on probation violations stemming from January’s arrest.

Before moving to Merrimac earlier this year, Sullivan lived at the British Colonial Apartments off Whitehall Road in Amesbury, where she was arrested in January on charges of selling heroin out of her apartment. A lengthy police report obtained at Newburyport District Court shows that Sullivan was not only pregnant at the time of her arrest but also serving as a drug runner for a 24-year-old Amesbury dealer living in the same apartment complex.

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