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Groton Woman Worked IBM Cafeteria While Doing Drugs

March 9, 2019

By Jon Winkler

jwinkler@nashobavalleyvoice.com

LITTLETON -- Police say that a Groton woman charged with trafficking heroin may tie-in to reports of drugs being found in the bathroom of an IBM building in Littleton.

Elizabeth Gapinski, 30, was arrested by Littleton Police on March 1 at the business office on King Street and charged with trafficking more than 36 grams of heroin. Police said that two separate reports filed in the last week and half were filed by IBM employees stating that they had found possible drugs in a bathroom in the building. Police detectives found traces of a brown powdery substance in the bathroom, believing it to be heroin or fentanyl.

When police arrived at the building last Friday, the building’s Human Resources Director Fiona Moffett told detectives that security had found more drugs in the cafeteria and were searching the lockers of cafeteria employees. Said employees worked for the food vendor Compass, whose Human Resource Director Diane Carr was also at the building.

Police said that Gapinski told Carr she was using heroin and had it on her person. When she talked to police, Gapinski explained that she got the drugs from an ex-boyfriend that lived in Nashua. Gapinski added that she used to drive him to Lawrence to meet with a drug dealer. She told police that she had been to an AdCare substance abuse treatment center for heroin addiction but had started using again. She then turned over a small pink alligator-skin bag that contained a small straw and 46 bags that held a total of 54 grams of heroin.

Gapinski was arraigned in Ayer District Court on Monday in front of Judge Margaret Guzman, who set Gapinski’s bail at $500 cash and ordered her to stay away from the IBM building. Gapinski is set to reappear in court on May 8.

Representatives from IBM and Compass did not return calls for comment.