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Off-Duty Police Officer's Observations Lead to Drug Arrests

The following information was supplied by the Tewksbury Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

CORRECTION: In the original version of this story, the wording indicated a drug transaction was occurring in Keri Plaza. However, neither suspect was charged with drug distribution. We apologize for that error and it has been corrected.)

A man and woman thought they were out of sight of the prying eyes of law enforcement when they chose the parking lot of the Keri Plaza to park in with drugs in their possession on Friday, Jan. 4 at 5 p.m..

They were mistaken.

A keen-eyed, off-duty police officer saw the pair acting suspiciously in a vehicle and reported it to dispatch. Four officers responded to the scene and a short time later, the pair was under arrest.

Christopher James Hutchinson, 23, 53 Heath St., Somerville, is charged with possession of a Class A drug.

Gina M. Murray, 20, 135 Elm St., Tewksbury, is charged with possession of a Class A drug and possession of a Class B drug.

Two-car crash sends one to the hospital

One person was injured as the result of a two-car crash at the intersection of North Street and East Street, Monday morning. The crash was reported at 10:53 a.m.

Responding officers determined the crash was caused by one driver failing to stop at a posted stop sign. The driver was issued a citation. The injured person was taken by ambulance to Lowell General Saints Campus. Both cars were towed.

Missing Dog

A Chandler Road resident called police on Jan. 6, just after 3 p.m. to report that their dog was missing. The dog was described as a black/brindle hound dog that is sometimes mistaken for a Lab.

The dog's name is Chester and it has a red collar with Tewksbury dog tags.

Additional Arrests

Jamie L. Albertion, 32, 1 Villa Roma Drive, Tewksbury, was arrested on Jan. 7 on a warrant.

Christina Costello, 24, 65 Oxford Road, Tewksbury, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with OUI-liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation.

Michael Eastman, 19, 50 Pine St., Tewksbury, was arrested Jan. 6 and charged with being under 21 in possession of alcohol.

Cindy Madrid, 27, 64 Bennington St. #2, Boston, was arrested and charged with selling or delivering alcoholic beverages to people under 21.

Steven Lee Zeda, 19, 6 Freemont St. Apt. B, Lowell, was arrested on Jan. 6 and charged with being under 21 in possession of alcohol.

Roger A. Caterino Jr., 47, 19 Rangeway Road, Billerica, was arrested on Jan. 5 and charged with operating a motor vehicle after his license had been revoked, an improper turn and failure to yield.

James Rivers, 25, 113 Bradford Ave, Apt. C, Fayetteville, NC, was arrested on Jan. 5 and charged with OUI-liquor.

Gerard M. Cuddy Jr., 37, 135 Franklin St., #203, Stoneham, was arrested on Jan. 5 after being found parked at Motel 6 behind the wheel of a car that had been reported stolen. He was charged with receiving stolen property in excess of $250. More charges are possible.

Additional incidents

On Sunday, Jan. 6, at 5:29 p.m., a Patten Road residence reported a breaking and entering at their home.

On Sunday, Jan. 6, the owner of a property on Patrick Road called police at 7:54 p.m. to report that someone had broken into her property and had left items behind. Officers responded to the scene. After an investigation it was determined that the condo association had to enter the building to repair some pipes. What was left behind was some of their work gear.

On Sunday, Jan. a River Road resident called Police at 12:40 to report malicious damage to their property at ome time overnight.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, a Deering Road resident called police at 8:21 a.m. to report someone had broken into their vehicle some time overnight.

For questions about this blotter, email williamg@patch.com.

TomH January 08, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Where is Keri Plaza?
jo January 08, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Keri Plaza is at the intersection of Shawsheen Street and EastSt/Dascomb Rd. I want to commend the Tewksbury Police for the fine work that they are doing. There seem to have been a considerable number of arrests lately of individuals from out of town. The efforts of the TPD in apprehending these criminals might deter future incidents in our town.
TomH January 08, 2013 at 02:45 PM
jo, I couldnt agree more. It seems that drug dealers have been using shopping area parking lots with easy highway access to conduct their deals. The police have been responding well to this new trend. I hope that Tewksbury gets a reputation among street level dealers thats its not a good idea to conduct that sort of business here. On a side note, I wish that police department press releases would identify the drugs seized instead of "Class A" or "Class B'.
Brooke January 08, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Young kids dealing drugs, followed by a list of young kids under the influence. Promising future generation. Good job police though for recognizing and stepping up their game!
Craigjr January 08, 2013 at 05:55 PM
If it was a drug deal who was the dealer and why didn't they get charged with intent to distribute? Because I saw these 2 in court and the police report they read outloud did not say anything about a drug deal, the drugs were actually found under the seat of the car not on them personally... And they used a friends car, so how do they know it wasn't the car owers drugs? This story just doesn't make sense!
Hailey January 08, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Not surprised.. Losers
Italian Mama January 08, 2013 at 07:33 PM
maybe i need to take off the Rose colored glasses now, since every other article is about child porn, drugs, and school shootings. Tewksbury's finest are doing an outstanding job protecting our children and serving our community. Not sure if there is more drugs in Tewksbury or the police are doing a better job and saying NO to drugs!
Bill Gilman (Editor) January 09, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Two comments have been removed from this stream. Sorry guys. Can't have accusations about crimes people havent been charged with. If you have information about a certain crime, definitely connect with the Tewksbury Police.

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