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New Drug But Same Result -- Two Dealers Busted

Aug 21, 2015 03:05PM ● By Bill Gilman

Two men dealing in a drug with the street name "Johnnies" were arrested by Tewksbury Police this week.

According to Chief Timothy Sheehan, Thomas Smith Sr., 53, of 47 Tanglewood Dr., Falmouth and  Joseph Mitrano, 26, of 2 Sanger St., Apt. 6, Medford were arrested Thursday with Neurontin-Gabapentin. Sheehan said the arrests came as the result of surveillance done by Tewksbury Detectives outside the Motel 6 on Route 38.

"This prescription medication Neurontin-Gabapentin has a street name of “johnnies” and is a nerve pain/pain killer that is widely used as an opiate substitute in the substance abuse community," said Sheehan. "The medication is sought after as it usually goes undetected when individuals are being screened for opiates."

Detectives recovered 104 gabapentin pills. 

Smith was charged with distribution of a Class E substance (gabapentin). He also had warrants for breaking and entering, larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property.  

Mitrano was charged with possession with the intent to distribute a Class E substance (gabapentin).  

Both were due to be arraigned Friday at Lowell District Court.  

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center at 978-851-7373.  If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line at 978-851-0175 or send an email to  


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