A lost cell phone in Salem lead to an improvised drug bust that landed two people behind bars for allegedly purchasing heroin from an undercover narcotics officer late Tuesday afternoon.
According to an item in the Salem Police Department's activity log for Tuesday, police came into receipt of a cell phone shortly before 3:30 p.m. after an alert citizen found it abandoned on Federal Street. Police received several calls a short time later while attempting to identify the owner of the phone.
"These calls were determined to be from numerous people looking to purchase illegal, street-level drugs," the log reads.
Less than two hours later, undercover officers had successfully negotiated the sale of heroin to two customers who had called the phone, police said.
Clinton W. Henderson, of 17 Leavitt Street, was arrested behind the Saltonstall School after allegedly purchasing heroin from an undercover officer at about 5:15 p.m.
Shortly after, Kristy Lynne Silva, of 47 Leavitt Street, was arrested after allegedly purchasing $30 of heroin from an undercover officer using $26 in bills and $4 in pennies.
Each was charged with one count of illegally possessing a Class A substance.
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