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3 face criminal charges for 5 alleged armed robberies

Three people have been arrested and accused of committing several armed robberies. The three Massachusetts individuals face serious criminal charges for allegedly robbing four businesses, as well as a pizza delivery driver, over a two-week span. The investigation into the alleged events is still underway.

On Aug. 13, a Citgo gas station clerk called local police officers and complained that the store had just been robbed. The employee stated that a woman came into the store brandishing a handgun. The clerk supposedly gave the woman an undisclosed amount of cash, and she then left the store. The woman allegedly got into a vehicle and left the scene, but witnesses were purportedly able to provide the officers with details of the vehicle, including the license plate.

4 accused of drug charges for buying, selling heroin

After receiving several complaints from upset neighbors, the Springfield Police Department investigated a local neighborhood. Four men were eventually arrested on drug charges for supposedly buying and selling heroin in the area. The Massachusetts men now face serious accusations for their alleged activities.

Many neighbors began calling the police station and complaining about possible drug activity in the area. The police decided to investigate their claims. Narcotics detectives supposedly began a surveillance operation in the neighborhood. Shortly after the investigation began, the police arrested two men who they believe were dealers, and two other men accused of being buyers were arrested subsequently.

32 total arrested on drug charges during drug sweep

After an investigation headed by multiple divisions of both state and local police departments, 32 people were recently arrested in Fall River. Out of the 32 arrested, 21 of these individuals are suspected drug dealers who allegedly sold illegal substances to undercover officers. These people face varying drug charges associated with their alleged crimes, and the Massachusetts officers purportedly have 18 more arrest warrants in relation to the sweep.

The goal of the drug sweep was supposedly an effort at "cracking down" on suspected drug activity in Fall River. The investigation began in June when undercover agents supposedly began making controlled purchases of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and prescription pills. Specific details about these alleged transactions as well as the arrests of the accused individuals were not publicly provided.

21 arrested on drug charges in narcotics drug bust

Several persons were recently arrested in Holyoke under accusations of various drug crimes. Operation Tidal Wave consisted of the joint efforts of federal officials and Massachusetts state and local police departments. In total, 21 people were arrested on drug charges.

Operation Tidal Wave is reportedly a component of the state's heroin initiative, which targets alleged drug dealers -- specifically narcotics dealers -- on our streets. These specific investigations focused on those who reportedly sold drugs to undercover officers. However, the details surrounding what led the police to initially investigate these particular individuals, as well as the details around their specific arrests, were not publicly released. It is also unclear whether the persons arrested are accused of being part of a larger narcotics organization.

Brothers accused of drug charges after heroin overdose

When a person overdoses after using illegal drugs, the authorities may try to discern from whom the person obtained the drugs, in an effort to make an arrest. This process can often prove to be difficult, and it can be even more challenging to prove any criminal charges in court. Two Massachusetts brothers were recently arrested on drug charges resulting from an investigation into a heroin overdose.

In February, a 25-year-old died from what investigators believe was a heroin overdose. Local authorities decided to look into how the individual obtained the illegal substance in the first place. When they looked through the deceased's phone, they allegedly discovered text messages between the deceased and another man shortly before he passed away. Allegedly, the text messages seemed to indicate that the two met 12 minutes before the deceased's 911 call.

Supreme Judicial Court decision affects pot search, drug arrest

Since our nation as a whole is changing its perspective about the use of marijuana, both for medical and recreational purposes, it is only natural that our state begins to make new judicial decisions concerning laws about the drug. A decision regarding marijuana possession inside a person's vehicle has recently been ruled in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This new decision has made it illegal for an officer of the law to continue searching a citizen's vehicle and ultimately make a drug arrest based on the smell of unburnt marijuana in the car if a legal amount of the drug has already been found.

In 2008, our state decriminalized having small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Using this law as the basis of their investigation, the Supreme Judicial Court decided to examine a case in a lower court to determine the legality of the police search and resulting arrest. This case concerns the actions taken by police officers after responding to a car accident.

Apartment search leads to drug charges, $1 million of marijuana

After a man was pulled over during a traffic stop, he was eventually arrested under suspicion of drug crimes. During the traffic stop, the investigating Massachusetts officer claimed that the man had multiple false identities, and the officer arrested him. It is not clear how, but the officers were able to obtain a search warrant on his apartment. They allegedly found a large amount of drugs within the residence, and drug charges were added to the man's motor vehicle charges.

The man was driving his car in Worcester when a Massachusetts State Police officer pulled him over for unknown reasons. When the officer approached the vehicle and began to question the man, the officer claimed that the car the man was driving was improperly registered. Supposedly, the name under which the car was registered was a false identity. The officer further claimed that the man owned invalid Social Security numbers and two different driver's licenses.

Retired pediatrician faces criminal charges for child pornography

For a parent, choosing a pediatrician can be a stressful task. Not only do parents want to take their children to credible, experienced pediatricians, but parents also want to be able to go to a pediatrician they feel they can trust. For over 30 years, parents in Massachusetts and in other states entrusted a pediatrician with their children's care. However, much to the shock of people who have known him and have worked with him, that man now faces criminal charges for child pornography.

The pediatrician worked in another state for more than 30 years straight, and then he retired and moved to Massachusetts. He has been working part-time in our state since 2011. The pediatrician was under investigation here for an unknown amount of time, and he was recently arrested.

Eyewitness account leads to assault and battery charges

Sometimes, criminal cases rely heavily on eyewitness testimony because they do not have many other pieces of "hard" evidence, such as DNA or fingerprints, etc. Unfortunately, studies have shown that eyewitness testimony is not always the most reliable form of evidence because people do not tend to remember events in exact detail, and these details can even become skewed. A man was recently arrested in Massachusetts for assault and battery after the statements of witnesses purportedly led the police to him.

The local police responded to a call at around 7:30 p.m. concerning a disturbance. When the authorities arrived at the scene, they discovered that a man was lying in the road unconscious. The officers called an ambulance, and the man apparently suffered substantial head injuries. However, he is now reportedly in stable condition.

Massachusetts man faces drug charges after vehicle search

Any time a vehicle is stopped and searched by police officers, there are certain protocols that the officers must follow. For example, first and foremost, the search of the vehicle must be legal. Otherwise, any alleged evidence that the officers might find could be inadmissible in court. A man was recently stopped by police officers in Massachusetts, and he was eventually arrested on drug charges.

The events that led the police to stop the man's Honda Accord and pull the vehicle over are unclear. Nevertheless, the officers claim that he was stopped and pulled over for a motor vehicle violation. Typically, the driver of the vehicle must give his or her consent for the officers to search the vehicle, and it is unclear if the man voiced his consent.

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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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