Police departments in small Massachusetts towns are often limited in their ability to investigate and convict suspected drug criminals. Many of these departments increase their investigative abilities by joining forces with other police departments or agencies of the federal government.
A recent arrest in East Bridgewater demonstrates how these combined forces can be effective in large-scale investigations.
The investigation and arrest
The investigation and arrest were the joint project of local police departments and the FBI Boston Division’s Metro Boston Drug Task Force. The suspect was arrested in East Bridgewater after police obtained and executed three search warrants in East Bridgewater, Brockton and Norton.
According to police, the search of the suspect’s house yielded 196 grams of fentanyl, an ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms, 206 grams of marijuana and 11 grams of cocaine. The searches reportedly also yielded $24,310 in cash, a pill press, digital scales and expensive jewelry.
The suspect was arraigned in Brockton District Court and faces multiple charges related to drug trafficking. The suspect is being held without bail pending a hearing on the seriousness of his threat to the community.
Because various pieces of drug paraphernalia and drugs themselves were recovered in searches in Brockton and Norton, the suspect will face a separate set of charges in Norton district court.
The defendant in this case is facing very serious criminal charges. If convicted, he may face a substantial term of imprisonment, a hefty fine, and other penalties.
Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for an evaluation of the evidence, potential defense strategies, and, where appropriate, assistance in negotiating an acceptable plea agreement.