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Addiction in Franklin County

Task force makes dual drug busts in Turners Falls building

TURNERS FALLS — Two Montague women were arrested and a small child taken into state custody in a Thursday night drug raid.

Jessica Lawor, 41, of apartment 9, 15 Fifth St., was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine, possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate drug laws.

Jennifer Doolittle, 34, of 26 Lake Pleasant Road, was arrested on charges of heroin possession and being present where heroin is kept.

Members of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at Lawor’s residence at about 7:15 p.m.

Inside, they found 19 bags of heroin, an unspecified amount of crack, several unknown white pills and one orange one, and two drug ledgers used to keep records of transactions, according to Mary Carey, spokeswoman for the Northwestern District Attorneys Office.

A 4-year-old child in the apartment was taken into custody by the Department of Children and Families, according to Montague Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge.

Lawor was held on $10,000 bail and Doolittle was held on $5,000 bail. Both are expected to be arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court.

The task force simultaneously raided another apartment in the same building.

There, police found a single “twist” bag with a solid chunk of an unidentified substance, a bottle of unidentified pills and numerous items of drug paraphernalia, according to Carey.

Carey said two people will be charged in that raid. Since they will be summoned, and were not arrested, the district attorney’s office would not release their names until they have been arraigned, Carey said.

Dodge commended his officers and said similar arrests in Montague and elsewhere are likely to come soon.

“I’m glad to see progress being made in the war on drugs,” Dodge said. “Our officers will stay active, and hopefully we will see a lot more of these raids and arrests take place in the near future.”

The task force has performed several drug busts since its inception last year, in several Franklin and Hampshire county towns. It brings together local and state police, as well as the Franklin County Sheriffs Office, working under the district attorney.

“Having the anti-crime task force in place provides us with the knowledge, resources and manpower we need to handle this type of investigative work,” said Dodge. “We’re sharing resources, since none of our small departments have the resources to do this on our own.”

You can reach David Rainville at: drainville@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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