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Massachusetts man caught with alleged cocaine, heroine

Massachusetts police raided a Malden home at 21 Ripley St. after monitoring activity at the location. They reported finding drug paraphernalia, a .22-caliber gun, ammunition and substances alleged to be cocaine and heroin. Taken into custody as part of the raid was a 24-year-old man who police had previously considered connected to a local murder.

A press release from the district attorney's office stated that the man plead guilty to drug possession with the intent to distribute. He also acknowledged his guilt in possessing a firearm and ammunition. He had no license for the weapon.

Car accident in Massachusetts drive-thru leads to heroin arrest

A 77-year-old man whose car was hit from behind in a McDonald's drive-thru in Boston called the police after the other driver involved fell asleep at the wheel. After the collision, the two men had attempted to exchange insurance information, but the 43-year-old man whose car had hit the other car presented a learner's permit instead of a license as well as registration for a trailer.

According to the account given to police, the man with insufficient documents then returned to his vehicle and became unconscious behind the wheel. The other driver then summoned police for assistance. Police said the sleeping driver panicked when they woke him. After a struggle, police handcuffed him and searched the vehicle. They found a crack pipe, a jar containing crack cocaine and baggies of heroin and crack cocaine.

Drunk driving defense strategies

A person who has been charged for drunk driving in Massachusetts may attempt to build a viable defense in a number of different ways. Depending on the details of the case, a person could build an affirmative defense or dispute the observations of police officers.

Defendants who are using an affirmative defense will be admitting that they drove drunk because they were forced to by factors that were not within their control. This type of defense is not very common in drunk driving cases, but it could be effective in situations where an individual has ingested alcohol unknowingly or driven with an honest belief that they were not impaired. An affirmative defense against a DUI charge could also be used by an individual who was forced to drive out of absolute necessity or told to drive under the threat of force.

Underage drinking and driving in Massachusetts

When you are under the age of 21, you can be charged with drinking and driving if you have as little as .02 percent blood alcohol concentration. A conviction for an underage drinking and driving offense can leave you with serious consequences, including the loss of your driver's license for 30 days, fines, probation, jail and a criminal record.

In the event you have been charged with an OUI, it is important for you to mount an aggressive defense to the charge as soon as possible. There may have been flaws in the manner in which the officer stopped your vehicle, as the officer may not have had the probable cause necessary to do so in the first place.

Police arrest man for firearms and charges from 2012

According to reports, a Massachusetts man was taken into custody by Worcester police on Feb. 24 for multiple charges including some dating back to a 2012 investigation. Officers reportedly stopped him initially for driving with a revoked license.

The 38-year-old Worcester man was reportedly seen driving a Honda Pilot with livery license plates in the area of Endicott and Millbury Street. Worcester vice squad members were apparently in the area doing surveillance at the time. They stopped the man because an officer claimed to recognize him and to know his license was revoked.

Man accused of robbery after incident at market

A man in Massachusetts was accused of robbing a convenience market at gunpoint on Feb. 18. Police say the incident occurred at a Honey Farms store in Worcester at 6:15 p.m. According to police, the 35-year-old accused man walked into the store, informed the store clerk that he was armed with a gun and demanded money several times.

After the store clerk handed the man an unknown amount of cash, the man reportedly fled the scene in a taxicab. Detectives looking into the case used video surveillance footage from the store to help them identify the accused robber, and a still photo that was taken from the surveillance video was passed around the police department. At the time, there was an outstanding warrant to arrest the accused man for a separate criminal offense.

Police arrest 4 for heroin distribution in Tewksbury

Law enforcement officers with the Tewksbury Police Department arrested four people for their alleged involvement in distributing heroin. The four were arrested on Feb. 10 at several locations in the city.

According to reports, the arrests came on the heels of an investigation conducted by narcotics officers with the department. A 27-year-old Tewksbury man was arrested for possession with intent to distribute heroin and distribution of heroin. Arrested from the same address was a 64-year-old man for possession with intent to distribute both heroin and cocaine. A 22-year-old woman was also arrested for possession with intent to distribute heroin. The woman lived at a different residence. Finally, a 28-year-old New Hampshire man was arrested for possession of heroin.

3 men facing charges after traffic stop for broken taillight

Three Massachusetts residents were handed criminal charges after a traffic stop on Jan. 31, according to a report from the Massachusetts State Police. The incident occurred while the three individuals were traveling southbound along Route 395 in Oxford. A Sturbridge barracks trooper stopped the vehicle at about 9:15 p.m. after noticing that one of its taillights had gone out.

The 25-year-old driver of the vehicle was allegedly found to be driving without a valid license. When the trooper inspected the vehicle, drugs were allegedly found inside. A 34-year-old passenger sitting in the backseat of the car was also allegedly found with a significant quantity of cocaine in his possession. As a result of the trooper's discoveries, the driver was charged with Class B narcotics drug possession and the back seat passenger was handed a charge for trafficking cocaine. The driver was also cited for defective equipment.

Parolee accused of drug trafficking, possession

Officers with the Westport Police Department and a parole officer arrested a Westport man for drugs on Jan. 28. The arrest followed a discovery of the drugs by the parole officer, who then reportedly contacted the police.

The 55-year-old Westport man was apparently on parole for previous drug offenses. His parole officer searched the man's home and allegedly discovered cocaine, narcotic pills and $11,300 in cash. When law enforcement officers responded, they found cocaine, oxycodone, morphine, alprazolam, suboxone, suboxone strips and marijuana.

Massachusetts Housing Authority director accused of theft

According to news reports, the executive director of the Stoughton Housing Authority was arraigned on Jan. 5 on charges of larceny from a building, larceny of over $250 from someone older than 60 and theft of a controlled substance. He was also charged with breaking and entering. The charges, which are all felonies, stem from allegations that he stole medication from an elderly resident.

Investigators claim that the 90-year-old victim had an opiate pain pill prescription filled in December 2014. The prescription was for 120 pills, and the woman reportedly took just one each day. Two days later, a family member counted the number of pills remaining and counted 61 instead of 118. After installing video surveillance, the family contacted police and an investigation was launched. This led to the man being taken into custody on Jan. 2.

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http://www.salernolawoffices.com 877-WORC-LAW Attorney Anthony (Tony) M. Salerno has been involved in the criminal justice system for the past 35 years. Contact the Worcester, Massachusetts lawyer for criminal defense representation.

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