LYNN — A judge ordered $1,000 cash bail and that a Revere man be held on prior charges after police identified the man as a mid-level heroin dealer through several local undercover buys with the man and his wife.
“It seems to be a rather significant enterprise the defendant is running, dealing heroin in Lynn,” Assistant District Attorney Mark Byron said in Lynn District Court Tuesday. He noted that the defendant was in jail at the time of two of the undercover buys.
Timothy M. Bennett, 29, of 19 Walnut Place, Revere, was arrested on a warrant for distribution of Class A drugs, two counts; and a drug violation near a school/park.
A plea of not guilty was entered on Bennett’s behalf at his arraignment last week in Lynn District Court.
Byron told the court Tuesday that an undercover officer arranged to buy three twists of heroin — each weighing Â½ gram — for $110 from Katherine Bennett on April 17 and April 22.
Byron said both times, Katherine Bennett picked up the undercover officer at the Lynn Library, drove with him around the Common and pulled the bags of suspected heroin out of her mouth when the officer gave her the money.
Both Katherine and Timothy Bennett showed up for the third buy on May 8; but the latter exchanged the alleged drugs, according to Byron
“He then began to drive and as he did he asked me if I was a cop,” Lynn Police Sgt. Richard Carrow reported. “I immediately exclaimed, ‘god, no,’ and he stated, ‘good, because I got a year over my head.’”
The couple also arrived together for the fourth and final buy on May 21, but Katherine Bennett dealt the alleged drugs, according to Byron.
Police subsequently pulled the car over but allowed the couple to leave after they said they’d consider helping police find higher level players in the drug chain, police reported.
Katherine Bennett was arrested on a warrant for distribution of Class A drugs, four counts; and a drug violation in a school zone.
She was arraigned on the charges June 18 and released on personal recognizance, according to Carrie Kimball-Monahan, a spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Kimball-Monahan reported Timothy Bennett was arraigned in Salem District Court July 1 for resisting arrest; possession of Class C drugs; and possession of Class E drugs, two counts. A judge set $500 cash bail for those charges.
Byron requested $10,000 cash bail for Timothy Bennett on the Lynn drug charges and that bail for the Salem cases be revoked, meaning that Timothy Bennett would be held for up to 60 days.
But defense attorney Joseph MacDonald noted the judge in Salem had not revoked bail at Timothy Bennett’s arraignment the previous day. MacDonald requested $500 cash bail.
Lynn District Court Judge Mary McCabe revoked Timothy Bennett’s bail, ordering him held. She set $1,000 cash bail for the new charges. Timothy Bennett is scheduled to return to Lynn District Court July 31. Katherine Bennett is scheduled to return to Lynn District Court Aug. 15, according to court records.
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