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LOWELL -- In May, Christopher Koziol was arrested on felony drug charges for the fifth time since late 2007, and police voiced frustration that he was out on bail despite four similar arrests in less than a year.
The next day, as Koziol was arraigned, a Lowell District Court judge set $5,000 bail for the new case, and revoked Koziol's bail from one of his earlier cases. Koziol was to be held without bail for at least 60 days.
What happened since was not immediately clear last night, but police say Koziol was once again free on bail, and once again selling drugs in the Highlands.
He was arrested, this time on his 37th birthday, for the sixth time since November.
Detective Lt. James Hodgdon said police got information that Koziol was out and selling cocaine and heroin yet again, so they were watching him.
About 10:45 p.m., they saw Koziol conduct a drug sale on Gates Street, and had a marked cruiser stop him on Chelmsford Street five minutes later, Hodgdon said.
Inside Koziol's 1995 Oldsmobile Sierra were several bags of heroin and cocaine, and a large amount of cash, according to Hodgdon.
Hodgdon declined to comment on the arrest, stating police still need to work with the courts.
There was no violence involved in this time, Hodgdon said.
In May, when Koziol was arrested on felony drug charges twice in the same week, he allegedly assaulted an officer as he was stopped on the Lord Overpass. He was pepper-sprayed as a result.
That incident came after one of Koziol's two most serious drug arrests -- a November bust for trafficking cocaine, which came about after Koziol allegedly smashed his girlfriend's face through a window, prompting her to tell police where his drugs were.
It was not immediately clear last night if any of Koziol's pending cases have been resolved.
He was previously indicted in Superior Court on at least one case charging trafficking cocaine, for which he would face a minimum of three years in prison.
The last time Koziol was arrested, in May, Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee said police are often confounded by judges' decisions to give bail to repeat offenders.
"Sometimes you're left wondering why, after multiple arrests for the same charges, why the bail wouldn't be revoked," Lavallee said in late May. "(Koziol) has obviously not decided, in any way, shape or form, to stop his criminal enterprise."
Koziol is charged with distribution of heroin, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
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