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Massachusetts authorities charge 16 with drug distribution

On Dec. 10, Massachusetts authorities took 16 people into custody after they were accused of being involved in a drug trafficking operation. According to a police spokesperson, the operation mainly targeted those who were thought to be street-level or mid-level heroin and cocaine dealers throughout the city of Springfield.

The officers reportedly purchased drugs from each of the 16 dealers, which provided them with the grounds to seek arrest warrants. Six of the individuals were already in police custody but were served with new charges for distribution of a controlled substance. The other 10 individuals were also charged with either distribution of a controlled substance, distribution of heroin or distribution of cocaine. The 10 individuals who had not been in police custody were taken less than 24 hours after the authorities raided a home in Indian Orchard and seized an unknown amount of heroin and cocaine.

2 men detailed in Massachusetts on drug charges

Authorities in Massachusetts detained a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old man claiming that both were involved in marijuana distribution. The men were taken into custody on the afternoon of Nov. 29 after police allegedly observed the 31-year-old man selling marijuana to the other man.

The sale took place near a garage in Springfield that police had under surveillance. Police followed the man who made the purchase and say they found him with 10 pounds of marijuana. They then took the seller into custody shortly after he left his home later that same day. Authorities claim to have seized nearly 15 more pounds of marijuana from the man along with drug paraphernalia and more than $12,000 in cash.

Man charged with armed robbery, sexual assault in East Boston

Officers with the Boston Police Department reported they arrested a 20-year-old East Boston man in connection with a sexual assault and armed robbery case that allegedly occurred on Nov. 22. The incident reportedly occurred in the Eagle Hill area around 1:44 a.m. as a woman returned home from work.

The woman reportedly told police that upon arriving home, a man pushed her up against a wall and demanded money from her while he allegedly held her at knifepoint. After robbing the woman, the man then allegedly sexually assaulted her before leaving with the stolen money.

What happens during a field sobriety test?

Massachusetts residents may be curious about what types of tests to expect if they are pulled over by a police officer who thinks they may have been drinking. There are three types of field sobriety tests endorsed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The first test that an officer might use to determine whether someone has been drunk driving is the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN). A person who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs may have trouble focusing on a moving object, so the police officer may try to get the driver to stare at a moving finger while the officer examines his or her eyes for jerking movements.

Drunk driving convictions and ignition interlock devices

When a person has been convicted of drunk driving or has had their license suspended as a result of driving with a blood alcohol concentration greater than .08 percent, Massachusetts law mandates they must have an ignition interlock device installed in order to get their driving privileges reinstated. A separate certified device must additionally be installed on every vehicle the person owns, leases or operates.

The required installation period for each vehicle is at least two years. After installation, the person must have the devices regularly inspected and maintained during the entire period.

Massachusetts man facing third OUI charge

Authorities in Massachusetts have reported that a 60-year-old man was taken into custody on Oct. 31 in Hopkinton for driving under the influence of alcohol. A records check revealed that the Ashland resident has been involved in two previous drunk driving incidents. The man has been charged with OUI and a number of traffic violations. He was released from custody after posting bail in the amount of $750, but a judge ordered that his phone be equipped with a device that will be used to monitor his drinking.

According to a Hopkinton police report, the man's car was pulled over on Hayden Rowe Street. A patrol officer claimed that he observed the car crossing a double yellow line as it passed another vehicle. The officer alleged that the man's car was traveling at more than double the posted 20 mph speed limit at the time.

Defining shoplifting in Massachusetts

Under Massachusetts law, an individual can be taken into custody for shoplifting with no warrant necessary. Shoplifting is any act that aims to deprive a merchant of use or benefit from merchandise located inside of a store, in a container inside of a store or in a shopping cart that is removed from a retail location. An individual may be charged with shoplifting if he or she did not actually steal any merchandise.

This is because an individual may be charged with shoplifting for changing the price on a price tag or by entering a different price for a product when making a sale. This may be done for the benefit of the individual who changes the price or for the benefit of another individual. If an individual removes a shopping cart that has merchandise inside of it without the merchant's consent, that may be construed as shoplifting.

What rights does one who is accused of a criminal charge have?

When people are charged with a crime in Massachusetts, it is not uncommon for many of them to be unaware of the rights they have. People who are accused have both constitutional and statutory protections in place to ensure their rights are guarded.

Massachusetts has delineated several rights that people who are accused have during a criminal case. When a person is arrested or served with a summons to appear for criminal charges, the arresting officer must inform them of the charges for which they are being arrested. If the officer refuses or lies to them about the charges, the officer may be punished by up to a year in jail or a fine. People who are charged with an offense that could result in a state prison penalty have the right to be proceeded against by indictment unless the district and superior courts both have jurisdiction and the district court retains the case. People also have the right to waive an indictment, and if they do, the court will hold a probable cause hearing unless that is waived as well.

2 Massachusetts men accused of drug, weapons offenses

Two Massachusetts men were facing charges after being taken into police custody following a raid on Oct. 16. The men, 29 years old and 22 years old, were from Stoughton. The raid occurred on Pratts Court near Route 27.

Multiple agencies were reported to have been a part of the raid, which took place at 5:45 a.m. While the authorities were reportedly executing the search warrant, agents allegedly recovered two loaded firearms. The two firearms were identified as a 9mm Ruger pistol and a .40-caliber Glock handgun, the latter of which had been reported stolen. Authorities also reportedly seized heroin and approximately $4,500 in cash.

Police raid leads to charges for heroin trafficking

Two men in Massachusetts were taken into custody on Oct. 3 after authorities allegedly found marijuana, heroin and packaging materials in their Springfield apartment. Police say the 20- and 27-year-old men are both suspected of supplying heroin to gang members and dealing heroin around Western Massachusetts. Before the men were handed the drug charges, their apartment had reportedly been under surveillance by detectives who believed it was being used as a drug distribution center.

According to the police report, during the 9 a.m. raid, police seized 1,432 packages of heroin that were each decorated with a stamp that read "Interstate 91." The report says that cash totaling $3,294 was also seized along with a bulletproof vest, a firearm and 25 rounds of ammunition. Police also say they seized an unknown quantity of marijuana, scales and materials believed to be used for packaging heroin. Following the raid, authorities reportedly found city ordinance violations on the property, and the landlord was instructed to begin eviction proceedings.

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