February 2 2018,  Peabody

Police foil plot to frame marijuana dealer

By Christopher Roberson


At 5:58 p.m. on Jan. 27, Michelle Koen, 26, of Danvers, and Andrew DiCarlo, 26, of Peabody, walked into the city’s police station to report that they had been robbed. “It turned out that was a false allegation,” said Police Capt. Dennis Bonaiuto, adding that the two had purchased marijuana earlier in the day.

As a result, Koen and DiCarlo were arrested and charged with filing a false police report and interfering in a police investigation. Koen was also charged with giving a false identity, obstructing justice and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked driver’s license.

Although DiCarlo was charged with a false report made by a public employee, Bonaiuto said DiCarlo is not employed by the City of Peabody. In addition, police discovered that there was one arrest warrant out for Koen and two warrants out for DiCarlo.

According to other media reports, Koen and DiCarlo were unsatisfied with the earlier drug transaction and decided to frame the individual who sold them the marijuana as a robbery suspect.

To add to Koen’s legal problems, her six-year-old son was found home by himself with a pit bull and drug residue.

Koen and DiCarlo were arraigned in Peabody District Court on Jan. 29, and each entered a plea of not guilty. Although DiCarlo was released, Koen was held on a $250 bail.

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