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Woman accused of trying to sell drugs to minors

A Massachusetts woman was taken into police custody on Sept. 9 after she was accused of attempting to sell drugs to underage individuals. The report stated that the 49-year-old woman was ultimately charged with possession and intent to distribute drugs to a minor and drug violation while being near a school or a park.

Authorities were called to a skate park located in Lower Jackson Square in Weymouth after a teenager allegedly told his parents that a woman had tried to sell him pills around 3:30 p.m. Once police officers arrived at the park, a 15-year-old also emphasized these accusations. The woman was said to be persistent even after the teenagers declined.

Massachusetts man who drove Jeep into river suspected of OUI

Police suspect that a man who drove his jeep down a jetty into Parkers River Aug. 31 may have been intoxicated. The incident occurred in Yarmouth in the vicinity of the Red Jacket Inn. The 30-year-old Brewster man was driving a Jeep SUV with a canoe attached to the roof when he drove over an embankment and landed in the water.

According to reports, the Jeep ended up in a position where it was completely submerged, but the boat strapped to the roof appeared to be on top of the water as if it had overturned and was floating. Guests at the inn reported that there had been a boating accident, and workers entered the water to rescue any victims. However, when they reached the boat and tried to upright it, they realized they were standing on top of a vehicle.

MA man may have passed out due to heroin in fatal accident

Easthampton police said a man, 45, is in custody after allegedly hitting a motorcycle while impaired by drugs and killing its riders on Aug. 28. According to a representative of the Northampton District Court, the man faces charges of felony homicide in relation to the crash. He is being held on bail of $100,000.

The accident happened on Route 5 in Easthampton around 3:15 p.m. when the Springfield man, according to police, passed out while driving. Court records said he had used heroin prior to driving. The man swerved into traffic and hit a motorcycle with father and daughter on board. A passenger in the man's van was charged by police with heroin possession and is also in custody on bail of $2,500. The van driver was uninjured in the accident and pleaded not guilty. Additional charges may be filed, police said.

Police accuse man of selling heroin near school zone

Police in Massachusetts have reportedly taken a 26-year-old man into custody for allegedly selling heroin. He is being charged with resisting arrest, violation of a drug-free school zone and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute. Police say that a search of the defendant's home revealed drug paraphernalia and heroin and that the defendant may have also been in possession of 50 bags of heroin immediately prior to being contacted by authorities.

According to a Springfield Police sergeant, the man had been under surveillance for some time by the department's Narcotics Division. The Springfield District Court authorized a search warrant on his home, and in addition, officers obtained a separate federal warrant for probation violation. The man was taken into custody when investigating officers allegedly observed him selling heroin once again. Officers requested that he be jailed on a $75,000 cash bail due to his past criminal history; the man has a prior conviction on his record for federal drug charges.

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.

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