Lawrence Couple Arrested For Possession Of Drugs And Stun Gun

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

Good instincts by a led to the arrest of a pair of Lawrence residents on drug charges, Friday evening (July 20).

The officer spotted car in the parking lot of and determined the occupants were acting suspiciously.

With a second officer at the scene as backup, the officer approached the vehicle. After a brief investigation, drugs and a weapon were found in the car and both occupants, a man and a woman, were arrested.

Mariano Barrera, 48, 167 Salem Road, Lawrence, is charged with possession of a Class B substance and possession of an electronic stun gun. Omaida Romero, 20, was charged with possession of a Class B substance.

They knocked on the wrong door (July 20)

On Friday, a Highland Road resident called police at 1:23 a.m. and reported that she had seen two people, a man and a woman, knock on her door. The caller said the people appeared to be drunk. She said they left the scene in a car.

Officers responded to the scene and stopped the car a short distance from the woman's home. Michael J. Robson, 29, 9 Boylston St., Lowell, was arrested and charged with OUI-liquor. A 26-year-old female in the car was taken into protective custody.


Maura Petrocelli, 41, 17 Thorney Meadow Lane, Hanover, was arrested on July 19 and charged with OUI-liquor.

James F. Wright, 44, 15 Pond View Lane, Tewksbury, was arrested on July 19 and was charged with assault and battery.

Additional Incidents:

On Friday, July 20, at 9:54 a.m., a 6th Street resident called police and reported that her car had been rummaged through some time overnight. She reported that her GPS was stolen.

On Friday, July 20, around 4 a.m., police received multiple 911 calls reporting a loud party going on at an Ames Hill Road home and people shooting fireworks from off the roof of the home. Officers responded to the scene and then requested an ambulance for a man who had lost consciousness. Officers reported that the party was quieted down and that the man refused treatment.

On Friday, July 20, at 5:41 a.m., a First Street resident reported that his car had been broken into the previous night. He said a power cord, sunglasses and some change had been taken. He also reported that his brother, who lives across the street, had his car broken into also, with some small items being stolen.

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Rick Campbell July 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Motel Caswell? Shocking
Joe Bill July 22, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I know, who'd have thought. More shocking is that they are from Lawrence. I can't imagine people being arrested in such a fine establishment. It's shame these outstanding citizens got arrested before they were able to enjoy the heart shaped jacuzzi tub.
Rusty July 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Joe Bill how do you know about the shape of the tub????
Jennifer Nagle July 22, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Not for nothing, but it says the people were occupants in a vehicle that was in the parking lot.... not clientele of the Caswell. Sorry, folks, can't throw the blame on the Caswell here. If the same incident happened in the parking lot of the TCC, I feel pretty sure the comments would be different.
Bill Gilman (Editor) July 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Good point Jen. I actually was going to mention that. There is nothing from the police report that indicates the people had done anything more than found a convenient parking lot to stop in.
Joe Bill July 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Because the heart shaped jacuzzi tubs are advertised on the sign out front...classy! I would cheer the day the dozers level the place. They could even save taxpayer money if they leveled it with the occupants inside.
Sarah July 22, 2012 at 02:19 PM
The heart shaped tubs sign has been covered at this point if I'm not mistaken. Shame, I kind of wanted to take a picture of that, just to prove that it actually advertised that.
billvill July 22, 2012 at 03:00 PM
It's the Caswell's parking lot, they're responsible for what goes on there, same as you would be if you owned a commercial property.
billvill July 22, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Hello George Will??
Mary July 22, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I also agree that the owner's should have control of what is going on in their parking lot.
Jane Smith July 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Walmart has lots of drug arrest in their parking lot, the store attacts shoplifters and people from lowell and lawrance. Todays law does not let business owners pick and choose who they want as customers. there is no law that protects Owner. You get it from both ends. You also get suck Dry ($$) by the town and state. There are a lot of great people from lowell and lawrance
Jane Smith July 22, 2012 at 04:25 PM
also if you are smart you will keep your crime out of Tewksbury because they are the Finest
Steve McMahan July 22, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Im surprised to see someone stick up for the Caswell. It is a total blight on the community. If you are in that parking lot, it had better be because you needed to turn around and head the opposite direction on 38. Otherwise, you're the very definition of suspicious. #demolishthatdump
Jan July 22, 2012 at 09:03 PM
A couple of years ago, I went out to my car to go to work at 6:20 AM. On the grass was an unoccupied car with keys in the ignition "parked" right next to my car in the paved driveway. Am I responsible for what the driver of that vehicle may or may not have done? Drugs? OUI/DUI? Hit and Run? I called the Police; they had the car towed away... By the way, I checked the police logs for a week; nothing was ever recorded for the incident.
Walter White July 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Thanks Jan, it cost me 50 for storage and 30 for the tow.
billvill July 22, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Is your house a commercial property?
T M July 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Most businesses these days (if they want to protect thier commercial property) usually hire a security firm, but then again, we are talking the Caswell dump.
Bill Jon July 25, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The motel 6 has just as many problems if not more than the Caswell motel but you never hear of them because of a biased police department which stands to gain a lot of money if the Feds get to railroad the forfiture case through. It's amazing how ignorant people voice opinions about things they know nothing about . The hotel business pays the highest tax rate in town .
Bill Jon July 25, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Probably cleaner than your house, the last time you stayed at a hotel did they serch you and do a background check ?


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