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Tewksbury Police Make Weekend Heroin, Weapons Arrests

In separate incidents, police seized 550 grams of heroin and found a loaded handgun during an apparent drug deal.

Erik Owen, 41, of Andover. Photo: Tewksbury Police Department
Erik Owen, 41, of Andover. Photo: Tewksbury Police Department
In separate incidents, Tewksbury Police arrested three out of town residents, seized a large amount of heroin and confiscated two loaded firearms over the weekend.

Police said that on Saturday, Tewksbury officers combined with Andover Police to investigate drug distribution. The investigation began after Erik Owen, 41, of 486 Lowell Street, Andover, was arrested on drug charges by Andover Police.

That led to the search of a home at 94 Longmeadow Road, Tewksbury. During the search police located and seized 550 grams of heroin, a handgun and ammunition, Tewksbury Police said.

As a result, Owen was charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while committing a felony, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

On Sunday, Tewksbury Police said they observed what appeared to be a drug deal near Andover Street.

Following the incident, police arrested Kirstn Mateja, 25, of 120 Hampstead Road, Apt. A, Derry, N.H., and Kevin Nadeau, 25, of 4 True Ave., Derry, N.H. They were each charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing a loaded firearm.

Police said a third party was not arrested, but admitted that he was meeting with an individual to purchase heroin after being brought there by Nadeau and Mateja. According to Tewksbury Police, the drug deal never materialized because the dealer was suspicious and fled the area.

Both suspects were scheduled to be arraigned on Monday in Lowell District Court, police said.
Donna Marie Robitaille February 26, 2014 at 02:37 PM
I understand your post and agree things are so sad for this entire picture. I wrote my comment as a statement of support about the news article. I am glad you wrote back about the system. The governor of Massachusetts has ignored the need for an outcry for several years. He should be screaming from the state house steps. It has been the opinion of his office that government can not solve all our problems, therefore taking a hands off approach. Thankfully there is leadership from many state reps that have not been talking about this in a closet there. The Department of Public Health has been given next to zero resources for attention to the epidemic of opiate addictions. It is time for the governor to admit there is a deadly crisis facing the Commonwealth and he should seek help from the federal government for we are in a state of an emergency.
Gordon Pickguard February 26, 2014 at 02:53 PM
I think that we all know the definition of insanity, so why do you think we should flush more of our hard earned tax dollars down the drain ? The "War on Drugs" was, and I guess continues to be, a national delusion. It was never anything more than a full employment effort for all the various law enforcement agencies. Addiction is awful and we need to treat it, but treatment is for addicts that want it, not those that need it !
J. S. February 26, 2014 at 04:41 PM
The "War on Drugs" is a delusion. The "Just Say NO" campaign is no better. Why make drugs legal and safe.
Tewksbury2001 February 26, 2014 at 09:22 PM
look at this slob. how hooked would you have to be to buy anything from him?

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