Dec 18, 2015 3:59 PM

Portsmouth drug sting leads to arrests of 4 suspected dealers, police looking for 5th woman

PORTSMOUTH - An investigation into street-level dealers led to the arrest of four Portsmouth residents charged with selling prescription drugs and one woman wanted for selling heroin.

Police say the investigation was conducted by its detectives, including the Special Investigations Unit and the High Intensity Drug Interdiction Team. Assisting in the arrest was the department's police K-9 Max.

The arrests

Kathleen Dickenson, 55, of 15 Weald Road, was charged with two counts of selling lorazopam, a prescription anti-anxiety medication.

Kelly Cook, 45, of 3 Winsor Road, was charged with two counts of selling alprazolam,a prescription anti-anxiety medication.

Jeffrey Argerow, 46, of 600 Lafayette Road, was charged with two counts of selling suboxone, a prescription medicine used to treat addiction.

James Read, 35, of 567 Sagamore Ave., Apt. 22, was charged with two counts of sale of Klonopin, a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, and Ritalin, used to treat ADHD.

Police say they're continue to look for Carolyn Johnson, 32, whose last known address is 1 Beechstone, Apt. 5. She faces charges for allegedly selling heroin.

Those arrested Friday have been released on bail and are scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 25 at Portsmouth District Court, except for James Read who was held on $1000 cash bail and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Monday.


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