At just before 7 p.m. Friday, an employee of Sam's Mobil gas station on Massachusetts Avenue called police and reported that a customer had been in the restroom for half an hour.
Officers Jay Staude and Michael Hennessy went to the business and reportedly discovered heroin on the customer.
Randy Booth, 27, of 11 Temple St., Nashua, N.H., was charged with possession of a class A substance.
That particular Sam's Mobil has seen a rash of drug activity recently. On the previous Sunday, two separate couples -- one couple from New Hampshire and another couple from Maine -- were charged with heroin possession after employees told police the couples were using drugs in the parking lot. The two incidents were hours apart and not related, police said.
It's unknown why that gas station has potentially become an out-of-towner pit stop for drug use, but the location is on the town line along Lawrence -- a city with a high rate of drug activity -- and next to exits for I-495.
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The following are excepts from the North Andover Police log.
Thursday, Sept. 5
At 3:59 p.m., a caller reported that her daughter called her and told her that her sister hit her. Police went to the home and charged the sister, a juvenile, with assault and battery on a household member, and the girl was taken to a juvenile lock-up facility in Lowell.
Friday, Sept. 6
At 10:12 p.m., a caller on Waverly Road reported that a man was seen in her back yard. Her husband had pulled up to the driveway and spotted the man near their daughter's car, and her husband then chased the man toward Middlesex Street. Police did not find the suspect.