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Three from Manchester face drug charges after arrest in Lawrence, Mass.

LAWRENCE, Mass.— Three Manchester residents were charged in Lawrence, Mass., late last week after police in that city allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia in a diaper bag.

Lawrence police say Laura Freitas, 22, Nathan Rivard, 31, and Alanna Dorriety, 21, all of Manchester, were arrested, with Freitas and Dorriety charged with possession of a Class E substance and Rivard charged with possession of a Class A substance.

According to Lawrence police, the Manchester residents were sitting in a parked Saab just before midnight Thursday in a pharmacy parking lot. Police Capt. Roy Vasque pulled up alongside Rivard's car, and reported seeing Rivard with a cap from a hypodermic needle in his mouth. Vasque also reported observing Rivard with a spoon with a brown-colored liquid on his right leg and a syringe in his right hand. Detectives ordered the three out of the car, and a test confirmed the brown liquid as heroin.

Police found Freitas' baby in a carrier in the backseat of the car. Police also found her diaper bag. After obtaining a search warrant, police found in the diaper bag two pill bottles, with one bottle containing one pill and the other containing three pills along with another kitchen spoon with a brown powder-like residue and two hypodermic needles.

All three were expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court Friday, but failed to appear. Warrants were issued for their arrest. Freitas' mother has custody of her baby as of late Sunday.


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