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Lawrence couple face drug charges

A Lawrence couple facing drug charges were being
held on high bail Thursday after police found a substantial stash of heroin and cocaine in their home, authorities said.

Brenda Torres, 42, and Norberto Nova, 25, pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, and possession of Class E drugs with the intent to distribute at their arraignment Thursday in Lawrence District Court.

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Judge Kevin J. Gaffney ordered that the couple be held on $250,000 cash bail each, said Essex district attorney spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan.

The couple were arrested Wednesday after police searched their Conduit Street home and found 189 grams of heroin, 223 grams of cocaine, bottles of pills, and more than $10,000 in cash, said Captain Roy Vasque of the Lawrence Police Department.

The seizure and arrests came after a two-week police investigation.

Neighbors called and complained about the home in early February, prompting officers to execute undercover drug deals with the pair, Vasque said.

After the deals, officers obtained a search warrant for the home and confiscated the drugs, Vasque said.

“We recovered a lot of product,” Vasque said. “I’d say they were servicing a lot of customers. It’s good we got them.”

Gaffney also revoked bail for Nova and Torres in a December case in which they were both charged with possession to distribute Class A and Class B drugs.

They are scheduled to return to court for a probable cause hearing April 2.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.
. Follow her on Twitter @jacktemp.
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