Lost Phone Leads to Heroin Arrests

Two Leavitt Street residences have been charged with illegal possession of heroin.

Police say a lost cell phone led to two drug-related arrests Tuesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, police said a citizen found an abandoned cell phone and turned it in to police. "While attempting to identify the owner of the phone, several incoming calls were received and were determined to be from numerous people looking to purchase illegal street level drugs," authorities said.

The case was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division and detectives "enlisted the services of the department's Special Response Unit and a plan of action was drawn up and executed," according to police.

Police said an undercover officer was able to "negotiate the sale of heroin to two calling customers."

Police said Clinton W. Henderson of 17 Leavitt St. was arrested on Salem Street after "calling from a government assisted phone" and buying heroin from the undercover officer. Henderson was charged with one count of illegal possession of a Class A substance.

Kristy L. Silva of 47 Leavitt St. called later looking to buy heroin and was arrested after buying the drug from the undercover officer with $26 in bills and $4 in pennies, according to authorities. Silva was charged with one count of illegal possession of a Class A substance.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

john October 31, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Why do taxpayers foot the bill for cell phones to welfare recipients? Outrageous,we supply the phones for them to sell the drugs,in a school zone,and we pay the police to catch them.
Jack Carver October 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM
The free cell phone is just the snow flake on the tip of the iceberg. If I told you what really goes on your head would spin right off. I have a friend who works down at Shetland and when they told me my head spun off
john October 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I realize the system is out of control but why cell phones? I ask this as a person that has never owned one.
John Dumas October 31, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Why are the police bothering these sick people? They need psychological and medical help to quit heroin. There is no glory in punishing people for their weaknesses.
john October 31, 2012 at 11:57 PM
You cant be serious.If they have state issued phones,they have access to medical help. They dump the dirty needles all over the city.There is no glory in enabling them to continue to abuse the taxpayers money. Under your theory a stumbling drunk walking around drinking should not be bothered? We should just give him a cell phone?
JOHN CAHILL November 01, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Letty C November 01, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thanks to stupidity or luck, the SPD were able to chip the tip of the iceberg. A "Government Assisted Cell Phone." That was obviously not edited out. I am a Democrat by nature. An Independent by choice. I will write in Hillary Clinton IF I bother to vote. I am so sad that Salem's wonderful history and charm has been over-run by the crime and politics of The Mayor Who Would be King.
john November 01, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Hilary lost all credibility when she took the fall for Obama over Bengazi.She should have resigned.
Jack Carver November 01, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Vouchers for free cell, free car, free furniture, free linens, free clothes, vouchers for keeping their children in school, vouchers for rent, vouchers for mortgage payments, yes I said vouchers for mortgage payments and if they have elderly parents in lets say Russia , they bring the parents over here and automatically get on social security having never paid a dime into it.
john jones November 01, 2012 at 05:35 AM
All you people who complain about people on welfare and government assistance can move to a country that doesn't care or try to help its citizens. We help many other countries and you so called "Americans" complain when we try to help our own people??
john jones November 01, 2012 at 05:48 AM
Who cares if the phone he called from was "government assisted" don't you think this guy would of called from another phone if not that one? Give me a break. Listen John, you can always move to China or Iran where the people there get no help whatsoever from their governments. We live in the richest country in the world. I for one am happy to see some of my tax money help poor and needy Americans. The people who usually complain about welfare etc. have no clue what they're talking about. Id rather my money go to the needy than to bail out the banks who take homes away from families!
DanielV November 01, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I totally agree that footing the bill for this kind of activity is NOT acceptable. I believe that if you get a phone like this from any form of Assistance programs the phone should be locked with minimal abilities to call out. Maybe 911, Family, and government agencies. I understand the need for a phone in this day and age but we must remember that every right allowed to citizens has a corresponding responsibility. As we can tell people on assistance what they can spend their food stamps on then the same style of restrictions and responsibilities should and more importantly COULD be implemented. One the things that makes me mad is watching someone use food stamps to purchase soda and candy etc. The food stamp program should be run more along the lines of EBT where only certain food items can be purchased.
DanielV November 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I agree incarceration for drug addicts is a losing proposition, treatment does work and getting the addict off the drugs is more important than putting them in jail at a much higher expense to the taxpayers. The problem with this is that many addicts will not help themselves by voluntarily detoxing and end up in Jail going cold turkey with no treatment and that just leads them to start up their habit the minute they are released.
DanielV November 01, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Most people are complaining about how the assistance is used, not the assistance in the first place. I am an American and I believe that we should not let our citizens die in the streets from lack of food/clothing or shelter. What I am against, and it seems like many of the commenters here agree, is the use of assistance in a manner that is contrary to the intended purpose of the assistance. Food stamps for Food - Not candy and Junk, Phones for emergencies and job seeking NOT for the purchase of illegal substances. Public assistance should be a hand up not just a hand out. I repeat my comment from above that every Right has it's corresponding Responsibility and misuse of the system to avoid your responsibility should be the more important consideration.
DanielV November 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
I Agree John, Bailing out large corporations while we let our citizens, who truly need help recovering from the criminal behavior of the very banks that put them into peril is one of the topics that shows which side our elected officials are on, and it ain't ours!
SuzannM November 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Now Obama created welfare? I dont think so? Did Bush create welfare or Clinton or any president going back to the source of public assistance. Please
john November 01, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Thats why they all come here,because no other country will give anyone a dime. Why would I move to a country that offers nothing when I have paid my share to live in the US? How is the richest country in the world in debt 16 trillion dollars? Have you ever considered how many recipents are not even Americans. You are the one that should take your bleeding heart and move to China or Iran.
john November 01, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thats the stupidist statement I have ever heard.What other country could we move too? Everyone hates America even though they can ALL come here and suck off our system.I am an American.The day I leave because I am feed up with non-Amiricans geeting help will never come.
anon November 01, 2012 at 09:36 PM
you know im a single mother and i get government assistance. i didnt choose this life i work 40 plus hours a week and spend all my free time with my daughter and still struggle. not everything is free you people think we just sit here and live some kind of lavish life. im 24 my daughters 3 and im embarrassed to be getting assistance but you know what its the best thing for my daughter and for me to not get the help when i really do need it is selfish and in my opinion bad parenting. i know alot of people do abuse the system but for me 12 bucks per hour just doesn't cover all the bills and im just talking necessary ones, i don't have cable because i cant afford it. i dont plan on the goverment picking up that bill. if i want it i need another job simple as that. some of you rich non-welfare folks are just as ignorant as a the bums that do collect.
DanielV November 01, 2012 at 09:53 PM
@Anon I understand what you are saying and I believe most people here understand the need for government assistance and are only upset at a system that is so flawed that it can be manipulated by people who are only out to abuse the system. You work, you are raising your child alone, you are trying to better your life and I believe that you are who the system is meant to help. I do not believe any American would prefer to see your child starve or freeze but the money that is wasted by people like the drug dealer with the government phone makes it worse for people like you and your daughter. If we could somehow, make this system work as it was really intended we could better help people like you and your daughter and not waste the money on people who are only out to rip off the system. I don't know the solution and it appears that our elected officials don't know either but for all of our sakes I hope we can figure it out soon. And finally, I agree, that for you to be a good parent you need to do everything you can to raise your child is a safe and healthy manner, don't be ashamed of needing a system that is there to take care of situations like this.
Sheila Maceachern March 14, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Annette Mathis and Clinton Henderson shouldnt be allowed to raise animals never mind children. They live in her public assistance apartment and buy drugs with a government phone . The government and the department should be ashamed DCF to let these two raise kids SMH


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