Judge Sentences Former Methuen Man to Three Years in Prison for Trafficking Cocaine

A former Methuen received a more than three-year prison sentence after he was sentenced this week in federal court in Boston for trafficking cocaine. Twenty-seven-year-old Cesar Rodriguez-Sanquentin, a Dominican national, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton to 37 months in prison and four years of supervised release. On Feb. 12, Rodriguez-Sanquentin pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. In 2018, federal and state law enforcement began investigating a Brockton drug crew allegedly headed by Djuna Goncalves, described by officials as a violent Brockton-area drug dealer.

Haverhill Police Investigate Theft at St. James Church; Minor Damage

Haverhill Police are investigating a theft at St. James Church that took place sometime overnight Monday. Church officials reported just before 10, Tuesday morning, that someone entered the Winter Street building, threw stored clothing about and took what were described as “low value” items, according to Haverhill Police Capt. Stephen J. Doherty Jr.

Doherty said there was no evidence of forced entry and no significant damage except for a broken wooden gate inside.

Rockingham Sheriff Charges Man with Recklessly Driving 5 Children Through Haverhill into N.H.

A 29-year-old Dorchester man, accused of recklessly driving five children through Haverhill, Plaistow, N.H., and other New Hampshire towns, was arrested yesterday afternoon by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s office. Haverhill Police alerted Plaistow, N.H., after receiving a 911 call late morning that the driver was live streaming the trek and distressed passengers were pleading for help. Haverhill Police at first believed a woman had been thrown from the blue Honda Odyssey. Another report said the woman jumped from the car to seek help. Alpalus Slyman was arrested after a Rockingham County deputy sheriff pursued the Honda up Route 125 north.

Methuen Police Seek Info on Third Man Involved in Thursday Kidnapping and Armed Robbery

Methuen Police are looking for a third person after arresting and charging a man and woman with armed robbery and kidnapping Thursday night. Twenty-five-year-old Eric Deugarte and 24-year-old Meghan Wood, both of Methuen, were both charged with armed robbery and kidnapping, according to Mayor Neil Perry and Police Chief Joseph Solomon. Deugarte was also charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit a crime. The third person is described as an adult light-skinned black male with a long ponytail, weighing approximately 155 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to call Methuen Police at 978-983-8752.

Former Haverhill Resident Pleads Guilty to Fentanyl Dealing, Gun Charge and ID Theft

A former Haverhill resident pleaded guilty Tuesday to fentanyl distribution, illegal firearm possession and engaging in identity theft to receive state benefits, among other charges. Domingo Garcia Suero, a 55-year-old citizen of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty during a videoconference to five counts of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of a controlled substance, specifically fentanyl; unlawful possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number; two counts of Social Security fraud; and one count of aggravated identity theft. U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. scheduled sentencing for Sept. 22. As WHAV previously reported, Garcia Suero was among 25 people charged in 2018 with document and benefit fraud during an investigation called “Double Trouble.”

On five occasions in 2017, Garcia Suero sold and possessed fentanyl for sale.

Haverhill Police Seek Public’s Help in Identifying Person Who Fired Shots Monday Near Tattersall Farm

Haverhill Police are asking for the public’s help in determining who may have fired gun shots last night near North Broadway and Lake Street. Police, in a social media release this morning, said there were no reports of injuries or property damage stemming from the 10 p.m. incident near Tattersall Farm. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective William O’Connell at 978-722-1553.