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Peabody man arrested on drug trafficking charges after 3-month long investigation

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PEABODY — A 44-year-old Peabody man was arrested on drug trafficking charges and a large amount of Oxycontin and Xanax pills were seized as a result of a three-month investigation by the Peabody Police Department Narcotic Unit.

After observing suspicious activity consistent with the illegal sale of drugs, an investigation was launched, which culminated with the execution of a search warrant at  4 Apple Hill Road on Tuesday at approximately 2 p.m.

The warrant was executed by members of the Peabody and Beverly Police Department Narcotic units, along with Peabody Police, detectives and the department’s K9, Caine, and his handler.

Police seized 240 Oxycontin pills, approximately 4,000 Xanax pills, anabolic steroids and more than $150,000 in cash.

Marino J. Spirakis was arrested and charged with oxycontin trafficking, Class E drug (Xanax) possession with intent to distribute and Class E drug (anabolic steroid) possession.

Spirakis will be arraigned in Peabody District Court Wednesday.

Peabody Police Chief Thomas Griffin cited the diligence and hard work of the members of the Peabody and Beverly police departments for their ongoing efforts in fighting the opiate and illegal drug crisis that is affecting so many communities state- and nationwide.

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