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A three-month investigation culminated Saturday night in a prostitution and drug bust at a half-million-dollar Peabody house.

Police said that they shut down a brothel housed in a large Peabody residence on Dark Lane, MassLive reported, adding that the raid came after three months of investigating illegal activities at the house.

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Peabody officers executed a search warrant of the house on Friday night, citing “numerous anonymous community tips,” and were assisted by the FBI’s Human Trafficking Division and Salem police, the Boston Herald reported.


Dawn Spurr, 48, the woman who owns the house, was charged with two counts of drug possession and human trafficking for sexual servitude, Mass Live. Five other people were charged with drug and prostitution offenses. They will all be arraigned on Monday, MassLives reported.

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“I am extremely pleased, once again, with the close contact the community has displayed in reaching out to members of our department in assisting with the riddance of such types of despicable acts,” Peabody police Chief Thomas M. Griffin said to the Boston Herald.

Police said that, besides prostitution, the residence is suspected of being “heavily involved” with heroin and cocaine, according to the Herald report.

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