East Bridgewater Summer Car Burglary Cases Solved

October 28, 2007

East Bridgewater- During July and August of 2007, East Bridgewater Police investigated at least 24 vehicle burglaries and larcenies from these vehicles in and around the Robins Pond area up to the Hanson town line.  During the summer, investigators from East Bridgewater and Hanson Police conducted a joint investigation of these vehicle burglaries, assisted by detectives from the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force.  Investigators shared information of the car burglaries, possible suspects and conducted extensive surveillance in the area. 

Investigators developed a pattern of these burglaries, which were occurring overnight and which were committed mostly to unlocked vehicles.  The suspects were stealing loose change, GPS units, cellular phones, other loose items and in two particular offenses, a loaded .45 caliber handgun and in excess of $1,500.00 cash were stolen.  On August 28th, Abington Police received information which led to the recovery of numerous items stolen from some of the Robins Pond area vehicle burglaries.  Abington Police, East Bridgewater Police and WEB investigators executed a search warrant at 58 Robins Road in East Bridgewater on August 28th as part of their investigation. 

 Jason Donoghue, age 30, a resident at 58 Robins Road and several others were later charged with Receiving Stolen Property by East Bridgewater and Abington Police as part of their investigation.  Although investigators were able to recover items stolen from some of the East Bridgewater victim vehicles, investigators believed that there was another, unrelated group of suspects involved in a large number of the vehicle burglaries, separate from Mr Donoghue and the other suspects charged by Abington Police.  East Bridgewater and Hanson investigators continued to work on the investigation through September and October.  In mid-October, Hanson Police received information which led investigators to search a pond in Hanson, which investigators believed contained items stolen from the vehicle burglaries which occurred over the summer in East Bridgewater and Hanson. 

From October 22nd through the 25th, a search and recovery operation for evidence was initiated by Hanson Police Chief Edward Savage.  Hanson and Halifax Fire Department personnel, including dive team members were able to locate and recover a speaker box, which contained numerous items later confirmed to have been stolen in the car burglaries.  Among the items recovered was the.45 caliber firearm, stolen from an unlocked vehicle in August in East Bridgewater.As a result, on Thursday, October 25th, investigators from East Bridgewater and Hanson Police arrested Mr Ryan McNeil, age 19, a resident of #497 East Washington Street, Hanson.  Mr McNeil was located and arrested by investigators at a residence on Keith Place in East Bridgewater.  Mr McNeil was charged by East Bridgewater Police with Larceny of a Firearm and Breaking and Entering a Vehicle in the Nighttime.  This week, East Bridgewater Police will also be charging a 20-year old Hanson male for the same offenses.

 Investigators believe with the conclusion of these two investigations, they have identified and charged the individuals responsible for all 24 car burglaries that occurred in East Bridgewater in July and August.  East Bridgewater Police Chief John E Cowan praised the proactive, extensive efforts by investigators from the East Bridgewater, Hanson, and Abington Police Departments, assisted by the WEB Task Force.  Lead investigators in this case were East Bridgewater Detective Paul O’Brien, Hanson Sgt Michael Casey, Hanson Detective Steven Gorman, and Hanson Patrol Officer Paul O’Brien.This investigation showed yet another successful example when local police departments take a multi-jurisdictional approach in fostering investigations through cooperation with one another.  Criminals do not acknowledge jurisdictional barriers when committing their crimes and for law enforcement to be successful, this type of multi-jurisdictional approach needs to continue.

 East Bridgewater Detectives encourage anyone who was a victim of these car burglaries this past summer in the area between Robins Pond and the Hudson Street area near the Hanson town line, to contact the East Bridgewater Detective Division at 508-378-1641.  Victims should ask to speak with lead investigator, Detective Paul O’Brien, to make arrangements to view the recovered property so that investigators can positively identify this property.

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WEB Task Force Arrests 7 in “Operation Craigslist”

Wednesday, August 08, 2007 

West Bridgewater-Investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, consisting of detectives from the three Bridgewaters, made a series of prostitution related arrests linked to the internet on Wednesday night in West Bridgewater.  Over the past several months, East Bridgewater Police/WEB Detective and lead investigator Michael Jenkins, the units’ computer investigator specialist, had initiated an undercover prostitution investigation with numerous suspects advertising their illicit activities on “Craigslist” located under erotic services.  “Craigslist is a centralized network of online urban communities, featuring free classified advertisements (with jobs, internships, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs, resume, and pets categories) and forums by various topics.

Detective Jenkins initiated this investigation based upon intelligence and information received from various sources that indicated dozens of illegal escort services are presently operating in and around the Bridgewaters, utilizing Craigslist services.  Several other area police departments have conducted similar operations in the surrounding area within the past several months.  On Wednesday, Detective Jenkins’ investigation came to a conclusion, resulting in 4 separate undercover operations throughout the afternoon and evening hours.  During the 4 separate undercover operations, a total of 7 persons were arrested for Engaging in Sexual Conduct for a Fee.  A total of 10 arrest warrants were discovered by investigators on these arrested individuals.  At least three suspects were found to have prior drug cases and two suspects were discovered to have had prior arrests for prostitution.  One arrested individual was discovered to have an arrest warrant from the state of Georgia for Prostitution.

Prostitution and drug offenses historically have gone hand and hand with one another.  WEB Investigators often see these offenses completed in conjunction with one another and along with other crimes which affect many area residents, including larcenies, burglaries, drug offenses and motor vehicle offenses.  Wednesday’s WEB investigation was initiated to target “Quality of Life” issues that affect residents within the Bridgewaters on a daily basis, often times undetected.WEB investigators where shocked by the amount of South Shore Massachusetts postings on Craigslists erotic service section and the response from females/males attempting to perform sexual acts for money. During two of tonight’s arrests, two female suspects arrived with male companions who were described by the suspects as providing “security” for the females. 

 Arrested during Wednesday’s operation were the following persons for Engaging in Sexual Conduct for a Fee and other charges as listed below; 

1)      Erin O’Reilly, age 34, 864 Plymouth Street, Middleboro; also discovered were 5 arrest warrants

2)      Michael Rowe, age 18, 419 Central Ave, Blackwood, New Jersey

3)      Stephanie Bottaro, age 22, 34B Nelson Street, Randolph, MA

4)      Michelle McBain, age 28, 36 Maple Street, Marlboro, MA, also discovered were 2 warrants, including 1 for Prostitution out of the state of Georgia

5)      Scott Mezoff, age 44, 17 King Phillip Rd, Worcester, MA

6)      Amanda Burgess, age 18, 664 E Center St, E Taunton

7)      Tiffany Burgess, age 26, 54 E Walnut St, Taunton 

Approximately $3,000.00 cash was seized from the suspects, alleged by WEB investigator’s to be monies obtained during illegal prostitution offenses.  By 7:30 pm on Wednesday night, WEB investigators discovered a posting on Craigslist, which indicated to other Craigslist users that police officers were conducting a sting in the Bridgewaters.  This posting identified the undercover officer’s Craigslist user name and identified an address that was utilized during the undercover operation.  After Thursday’s arraignments charges have been amended and re-filed by WEB detectives in Brockton District Court against Mr Rowe, Mr Mezoff, and Tiffany Burgess for violating MA General Law Chapter 272 Section 7, Deriving Support from Prostitution.West Bridgewater Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty, the task force’ commanding officer, can be contacted for further information at 508-894-1293 on Wednesdays arrests. 

 

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WEB Executes Marijuana Search Warrant in Bridgewater

August 6, 2007

Bridgewater-Following a two month long investigation into Marijuana distribution in the Bridgewater center area, W.E.B. Task Force officers obtained a search warrant for 18 Stetson Street, Apartment #1.   At approximately 12:30am on Sunday, officers executed the search warrant and seized two scales, packaging materials, cash, a large amount of drug paraphernalia, as well as two small containers of Marijuana.   Arrested at the scene were Jason W. Spencer, age 30, 18 Stetson St. Apt. #1, Bridgewater, Ma., who was charged with one count of Distributing a Class D Substance, and Michael Krovitz, age 25, 111 Hayward Street, Bridgewater, MA., who was charged with one count of Possession of a Class D Substance.  A third person will also be issued a criminal summons in relation to the distribution operation. 

During the investigation and surveillance, officers observed several transactions take place at the apartment doorway, mostly during the late evening and early morning hours.  Many of the customers observed arrived on foot or on bicycle.

The investigation was conducted by West Bridgewater Police Det. Tim Nixon, Bridgewater Police Sgt. Tom LaGrasta, and Bridgewater Police Ofcr. Robert Bailey.  Assisting with the search warrant were East Bridgewater Police Ofcrs. Paul O’Brien and Mike Jenkins, West Bridgewater Police Ofcr. Russ Regan, as well as Bridgewater Police Canine Ofcr. Steve Kingsley. 

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WEB Shuts Down Youth Marijuana Suppliers

December 2, 2006 

Bridgewater- On Friday night, December 1st, investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a Bridgewater residence that had been the subject of an extensive drug distribution investigation.  WEB investigators, led by case officer, Bridgewater Officer Thomas LaGrasta, had been conducting surveillance of #14 Beal Road, Bridgewater for the past several months.  WEB investigators had received information that a resident at this location was involved in selling marijuana to local youths in the area.  Detectives gathered information that drug customers of a resident of #14 Beal Road that had been frequenting this location to purchase marijuana were between the ages of 15 and 25 years of age. 

Officer LaGrasta sought and received a search warrant at Brockton District Court based upon the investigators extensive surveillance and other law enforcement tactics.  On Friday night, around 10 pm, WEB investigators from the Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater Police Departments, in concert with Bridgewater Patrol officers executed the search warrant at #14 Beal Road.  Upon executing the warrant, officers located inside the residence, Mr Anthony Ellis, a 20-year old resident of #14 Beal Road, and 5 other youths and young adults.  Investigators searched the residence and located a quantity of marijuana and distributing packaging materials, which they suspect belonged to Mr Ellis.  Mr Ellis was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and Distribution of Marijuana.   

Investigators arrested the five other individuals present at the residence for Possession of Marijuana.  These individuals include, Damion Paxton, age 29, #62 Curve Street, Brockton, Jacqueline Norian, age 19, #59 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, Matthew Fruzzetti, age 19, 1531 Old Pleasant Street, Bridgewater, a 13-year old male, and a 15-year old male.  Investigators developed information that some of the 5 other individuals arrested with Mr Ellis were present at this location in order to purchase marijuana.  While officers were executing the search warrant, other area youths were approaching the Beal Road residence, that investigators believe had intended to purchase marijuana at this location.  Officers assisting Officer LaGrasta in this investigation included, West Bridgewater Police Sgt Detective Vic Flaherty, Bridgewater Sgt Detective Chris Delmonte, WBPD Detective Timothy Nixon, East Bridgewater Detective Paul O’Brien,  EBPD Officer David Perrault, Bridgewater Officer Kelly Robson, Bridgewater K9 Officer Stephen Kingsley, and two Department of Corrections K9 officers.

 

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Ecstasy Busts in West Bridgewater

November 8, 2006

West Bridgewater- WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force detectives arrested two 18-year old Brockton males and an unidentified female after they were involved in the sale of suspected Ecstasy tablets to an undercover WEB officer while in West Bridgewater on Wednesday evening. WEB Detectives, assisted by West Bridgewater patrol officers, arrested Robert Owens, age 18, #391 Forest Ave, Brockton and Denis Rath, age 18, #62 Orchard St, Brockton and an unidentified female who were all occupants in a vehicle driven by the female in South Plaza on North Main Street at approximately 6 pm.    Wednesday’s arrests were made without incident.  

Lead WEB Detectives, West Bridgewater Detective Timothy Nixon and East Bridgewater Detective Paul O’Brien, had been investigating Mr Rath and Mr Owens over the past several months based on information that they had received indicating that the pair were distributing Ecstasy in and around the Bridgewaters and Brockton area.  

On Wednesday evening, officers stopped a Ford coupe driven by the unidentified female and occupied by Mr Owens and Mr Rath, immediately after Mr Owens was observed selling 25 suspected Ecstasy tablets to an undercover WEB officer.  The seized Ecstasy is valued by investigators at approximately $400.00.  Detectives Nixon and O’Brien developed information during their investigation that the “E” tablets were being sold from $10-$15 per tablet. 

 Mr Rath and Mr Owens were each transported to the West Bridgewater Police Station and charged by WEB Detectives with Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws, Distribution of Ecstasy and Possession of Marijuana.  Mr Rath’s marijuana possession offense is a subsequent offense.  The female driver was charged by WEB Detectives with marijuana possession.  WEB Detectives had been conducting surveillance of Mr Rath and Mr Owens since the beginning of this fall related to their suspected sales of Ecstasy.  

Ecstasy, once the drug of choice in the late 90’s among teenagers and young adults, is a synthetic drug whose primary effects include inducing a general sense of openness, empathy, energy, euphoria, and well-being.  In the late 90’s, Ecstasy rapidly became one of the four most widely used illegal drugs in the U.S., along with cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.    Ecstasy’s initial adoption by the dance club sub-culture was mainly due to the enhancement of the overall social and musical experience.  Its dance club use quickly spread to mainstream use. 

Although for the past several years, WEB investigators and other drug detectives throughout the south shore have been regularly targeting heroin, oxycontin, and cocaine distribution investigations, tonight’s arrests show that Ecstasy is still available and that a market still exists for it among local young adults in this area. 

The WEB Task Force is entering its eighth year in existence.  The task force is made up of more than 10 investigators from the three Bridgewaters, whose primary purpose is to proactively investigate drug-related offenses within the three towns.  The W.E.B. is one of many multi-jurisdictional task forces administered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.  The main purpose of the multi-jurisdictional approach, which has been successful over the past 8 years, is to foster enforcement through cooperation in a cost effective manner.  The WEB conducts investigations with various local, state, and federal agencies and drug investigators.  More information regarding the WEB Task Force can be found on-line at www.webtaskforce.org. 

 Also assisting in Wednesday’s arrests were West Bridgewater Police Officers Russell Regan and Richard Flaherty.  Questions regarding this and other Task Force operations can be directed first to Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty of the West Bridgewater Police Department, 508-894-1293, vflaherty@wbpd.com or Sgt Detective Scott Allen of the East Bridgewater Police Department, 508-378-1641, sallen@ebmass.com

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Crack Distribution Brockton Enterprise Article link as published in newspaper on November 25, 2005.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marijuana and Cocaine Distribution Arrests at Next Door Neighbors

November 2, 2005

East Bridgewater-Detectives assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force executed two search warrants last night on Summer Street in East Bridgewater related to cocaine and marijuana sales by two East Bridgewater residents.  Investigators, including case officer EBPD Detective Paul O'Brien, obtained search warrants for apartments at #531 Summer Street and #539 Summer Street related to separate cocaine and marijuana investigations.  Both locations had independently been subject to extensive surveillance for the last several months by WEB investigators.

Officers executed the search warrants simultaneously at approximately 5:40 pm Tuesday night.  Upon initiating a search at a second floor apartment at #531 Summer Street, investigators arrested a resident and the cocaine distribution's main suspect, Bryan Donachie, age 26, for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Possession of Marijuana.  Mr Donachie, when arrested, had several hundred dollars worth of cocaine in his pants pocket.  Additionally, significant evidence corroborating Mr Donachie's suspected cocaine sales were seized by WEB investigators from his apartment, including drug packaging and a scale.

Upon initiating the search at a rented apartment located above an attached garage at #539 Summer Street, investigators arrested the apartment's resident, Mr Matthew Yahoub, age 26, for Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana.  Several ounces of individually packaged marijuana, approximately $2,000.00 cash, drug packaging and a scale were among the evidence seized from Mr Yahoub's apartment during the search.

During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this past summer, Mr Yahoub had resided in an apartment at #531 Summer Street, where police believe Mr Yahoub was also engaging in marijuana sales, prior to moving next door.

These drug investigations are yet another example of the joint proactive efforts, led by the three Bridgewater's Chiefs of Police in aggressively investigating drug crimes occurring within the Bridgewaters.

WEB investigators assisting in the investigation included East Bridgewater Police Detective Sgt Scott Allen, Detective Paul O'Brien, Officers Tom Flint and Michael Jenkins; Bridgewater Detective Sgt Chris Delmonte and Detective Joseph Demoura; West Bridgewater Detective Sgt Victor Flaherty, Officers Timothy Nixon and Tom Richmond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increased WEB Task Force Drug Arrests

Thursday, August 25, 2005 

East Bridgewater-WEB Task Force investigators and East Bridgewater Police executed a search warrant late Wednesday night of a shed and house, both located at #252 Elm Street in East Bridgewater.  WEB detectives had suspected that a local East Bridgewater male resident was utilizing this location in order to operate a  “home grow” marijuana operation. 

WEB investigators had received information that alleged that Mr John Keith, age 20, a resident of #252 Elm Street, had been growing marijuana from within a “grow room”, which was located inside of a shed located on his family’s residential property.  WEB investigators obtained a search warrant for Mr Keith’s bedroom and the shed on Wednesday evening.  Upon executing the search warrant late Wednesday night, investigators located a “marijuana grow room”, located inside a concealed room, hidden inside the shed from view by “studded, plywood walls.”  The grow room contained several operable 400-amp “grow lights”, a fan and ventilation system, and water and power sources, all which were needed to grow marijuana plants inside the shed.

 Investigators located several, approximately 6-foot tall, marijuana plants and various marijuana cultivation paraphernalia inside of the shed.  Investigators also located a small quantity of marijuana inside Mr Keith’s bedroom as well as a book entitled, “The Cannabais Grower’s Bible.”  Mr Keith was placed under arrested by WEB and East Bridgewater officers for Possession with the Intent to Distribute/Cultivate Marijuana  and Possession of Marijuana.

 Subsequent interviews with residents at Mr Keith’s home indicated that within the past two months, the residents have been regularly blowing fuses while using a kitchen toaster and they have also noticed that the electrical bill has increased by approximately 33% since June.  Investigators determined that the “Grow Room’s” power source was being supplied by an electrical outlet in the family dwelling, near the kitchen.  Mr Keith was released early Thursday morning on $140.00 cash bail and is due to be arraigned in Brockton District Court on Friday.

 This is fifth separate drug investigation, which has resulted in arrests and drug seizures initiated by WEB Task Force investigators since the first week in July.  On July 8th, WEB investigators and West Bridgewater Police seized from a room at the West Bridgewater Motel on South Main Street, quantities of heroin, needles, and cocaine that resulted in 4 suspects being charged with various drug related offenses.  WEB investigators allege that one of the four suspects, Mr Kurt Kisielius, age 21, formerly of East Bridgewater, had been involved in distributing cocaine and using heroin in this motel room.  Mr Kisielius was charged with various drug related offenses in Brockton District Court by WEB investigators, including Distribution of Heroin to a Minor, based upon information detectives developed that supported that a 15-year old female had been injected with heroin by Mr Kisielius while inside the motel room. 

On July 27th, WEB investigators, led by Bridgewater Detective Joseph Demoura and West Bridgewater Officer Timothy Nixon, arrested Mr Jose Centeio, age 22, #15 Newbury Street, Brockton on North Main Street in West Bridgewater as a result of a series of crack cocaine sales that Mr Centeio had made to an undercover WEB investigator over the prior few weeks.  A joint-investigation with the Brockton Narcotics Unit and State Police Detectives resulted in the execution of a related search warrant at #38 Grove Street, first floor rear, in Brockton, where 3 other males were arrested on related drug charges.  Two vehicles used by Mr Centeio to sell crack cocaine to the WEB detective were seized as a result of additional search warrants, and are presently awaiting forfeiture proceedings initiated by District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s Office. 

On July 30th, WEB investigators executed search warrants at two-related local locations, one in East Bridgewater at #67 Maple Avenue, and a second located at #156 South Main Street in West Bridgewater.  Both locations had been subject to extensive surveillance by WEB investigators related to a marijuana distribution investigation involving many young adults within the Bridgewaters.  Investigators allege that Mr Douglas Lowe, age 19, #67 Maple Ave and Mr Matthew Medeiros, age 20 #156 South Main Street, had been involved in marijuana transactions with various young adult residents of the Bridgewaters over the prior weeks and/or months at both locations.  Upon executing the search warrants, investigators seized marijuana and other evidence corroborating information detective’s received that these sales had occurred at both locations.  Mr Lowe was arrested at the East Bridgewater location for Marijuana Distribution and Possession.  Mr Medeiros was arrested at the West Bridgewater location for Marijuana Possession.  Both subjects were released on bail.

 On August 2nd, WEB investigators executed a search warrant at #83 Broadmeadow Drive in East Bridgewater, where they arrested a resident, Mr William Petitpas, age 25, for Distribution of Oxycontin and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Oxycontin.  Upon executing the search warrant, detectives seized numerous Oxycontin and Suboxone tablets from Mr Petitpas, in addition to obtaining other incriminating evidence supporting Mr Petitpas’ alleged involvement in Oxcyontin sales originating and occurring at this residence.  Suboxone, is a Class B substance within Massachusetts General Laws, which is prescribed to assist the treatment of persons addicted to Opiates.  WEB investigators have seen an increased use and seizure of Suboxone tablets recently, as the use of Heroin and Oxycontin increases among the local young adult population.  

The recent WEB drug-related suspects were arrested and or summonsed within the jurisdiction of Brockton District Court.  The WEB Task Force, at the leadership of the three Bridgewaters Police Chiefs, are committed to their continued efforts to jointly, proactively investigate drug-related crimes within the Bridgewaters in cooperation with neighboring law enforcement agencies and their investigators.

 A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Further information can be obtained from Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty, West Bridgewater Police Department, 508-894-1293; Sgt Detective Chris Delmonte, Bridgewater Police Department, 508-697-6118; or Sgt Detective Scott Allen, East Bridgewater Police Department, 508-378-1641

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB COCAINE ARRESTS CONTINUE IN BRIDGEWATERS

May 7, 2005

Bridgewater- On Friday evening, officers with the Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Raynham Police Departments executed four search warrants in the Bridgewaters and Raynham related to an on-going cocaine distribution investigation.  Friday’s raids was the third, in a series of related cocaine cases, resulting in arrests and seizures from an on-going WEB Drug Task Force-led investigation that was first initiated in the Bridgewaters back in the Fall of 2004.  Information led to the identification of Mr Daniel Libby, age 24, of #137 Chestnut Farms Way in Raynham who has been suspected of distributing cocaine in all three Bridgewaters, Raynham and surrounding towns for the past year or more. 

Initially, in February of 2005, WEB investigators executed search warrants in East Bridgewater and Bridgewater that led to cocaine seizures that resulted in Cocaine Trafficking charges being filed against Mr Brian Spaulding, age 25, #385 Walnut Street, East Bridgewater that are presently pending in Brockton District Court.  Approximately 28-grams of cocaine were seized in that case, among other supporting drug evidence.  Mr Spaulding was suspected of selling cocaine to many young adults in the three Bridgewaters, including at several area bars. 

Also, in February 2005, WEB investigators executed a subsequent related search warrant of Mr David Lima’s, age 26, West Bridgewater residence located at #147 Turnpike Street following the Spaulding raids.  A search of Mr Lima’s residence resulted in the seizure of in excess of 140 grams of cocaine and an illegal handgun.  These WEB charges are also pending in Brockton District Court.

Information developed from the Spaulding and Lima investigations indicated that many of the same “customers” in the Bridgewaters were utilizing Spaulding, Lima and/or Mr Libby as alleged cocaine “sources.”  Information developed from the Spaulding and Lima investigations assisted in initiating the Libby investigation.

            Mr Libby was arrested without incident Friday night in the driveway of #249 Main Street, Bridgewater, during the middle of a suspected cocaine sale by WEB investigators.  A bag of cocaine and other evidence was seized from Mr Libby and his vehicle, a 2000 Ford Explorer, which was also seized.  Investigators will be initiating forfeiture proceedings through Plymouth District Attorney’s Timothy Cruz Asset Forfeiture unit as Mr Libby is suspected of completing drug sales from this vehicle.  Mr Libby was arrested and charged Friday night with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine and Distribution of Cocaine and was transported and processed at the Bridgewater Police Station.  Mr Libby’s bail was set at $240.00 cash.

            WEB investigators have been conducting extensive surveillance of Mr Libby for the past several months.  During this time period, investigators have watched Mr Libby complete suspected cocaine sales at various locations in Bridgewater, including residences and several businesses, including inside the establishments or in the parking lots of several area bars.  In addition, Mr Libby has been observed making suspected drug “deliveries” in East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Raynham, among other locations.  Investigators seized evidence Friday night supporting these alleged drug sales, cocaine “cutting agents” and other corroborative evidence of Mr Libby’s alleged activities based from his Raynham apartment.

            While one team of officers was searching Mr Libby’s residence, two other teams of officers simultaneously executed search warrants of two residences linked directly to Mr Libby and his suspected cocaine sales.  Officers seized cocaine with a street value of approximately $1,000.00, approximately one-pound of marijuana, drug scales, in excess of $1,500.00 cash, Xanax tablets, and cellular phones from these two locations, identified as #279 Broad Street, Apartment #1 in Bridgewater and #640 East Street, Apartment #1 in West Bridgewater.

            Arrested during these search warrants was Jason Peter, age 32, #640 East Street and Edward Dicenso, age 27, #279 Broad Street.  Mr Peter was charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Xanax.  Mr Dicenso was charged with one count of Distribution of Cocaine.  Bail was also set at $240.00 cash on both suspects.

            Investigators had developed information during this investigation that indicated that Mr Libby suspected that he was presently under police surveillance, information, which has been supported during subsequent interviews.  As a result, investigators believe that Mr Libby was recently utilizing numerous associate residences as “stash” houses, for fear of pending police action against him.

            Task Force supervising investigators Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty and Sgt Detective Christopher Delmonte praised the joint efforts of the WEB investigators with patrol officers from each of the three Bridgewaters, and Raynham Police Detectives.  Critical information, which led to the issuance of Friday’s search warrants was developed from street level information from numerous officers. 

Friday’s warrants and the prior related cases against Mr Spaulding and Mr Lima, collectively have resulted in six cocaine distribution related arrests, the seizure of in excess of 170 grams of cocaine, the seizure of in excess of $5,000.00 cash in drug proceeds, one seized vehicle, and a seized gun, all which is directly linked to cocaine sales that are both originating from locations within the Bridgewaters to “customers” residing in the Bridgewaters.  Without the ability of the officers in the Bridgewaters to pool their resources and work with one another in each other’s towns, theses productive investigations targeting significant drug dealers would not be possible.

            Officers involved in the arrests and investigation: Bridgewater: Sgt Detective Delmonte, Detective Joe Demoura, Officer Kelley Robson, Officer George Zannelletto, Detective Chris Shaw, East Bridgewater: Sgt Detective Scott Allen, Officers Paul O’Brien, Michael Jenkins, and Tom Flint; West Bridgewater: Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty, Officer Richard Flaherty; Raynham: Det Sgt David Bonnaparte and Det Bill Donnolly.

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Gym "Car Burglar" Caught in the Act

February 15, 2005 

West Bridgewater- During the early morning hours on Tuesday, investigators from the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force arrested a man, Maurice Smith, age 42, #775 Bedford Street, East Bridgewater, who is suspected of having burglarized numerous vehicles that were parked at various workout gyms within the 3 Bridgewaters recently.  Within the past two months, WEB investigators have been jointly investigating 5 or more vehicle burglaries that have occurred in local gym parking lots while the vehicle’s owners have been inside the gyms working out.  Investigators developed a pattern of the breaks and identified Mr Smith as a suspect after viewing Mr Smith on surveillance tapes of an East Bridgewater Cumberland Farms discarding one of these vehicle burglary victim’s pocketbooks near the store's gas pumps. 

Mr Smith, who is known to local officers, was identified from the store’s surveillance tape and put under police surveillance by detectives.  Leading up to Tuesday’s arrest, investigators had first followed Mr Smith to the Raynham Athletic Club on Route 44 in Raynham.  Mr Smith appeared readying himself to complete another vehicle break, but due to the heavy volume of traffic in the RAC parking lot, investigators believe Mr Smith was scared off.  Officers continued to follow Mr Smith from Raynham to USA Fitness on Main Street in West Bridgewater, where Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty of the West Bridgewater Police observed Mr Smith burglarizing a gym patron’s vehicle in the parking lot around 6:45 a.m.   Sgt Det Flaherty and EBPD Sgt Det Scott Allen stopped Mr Smith in his vehicle with assistance from EBPD Officers Sgt Tom Reed and Richard Eldredge, a short distance away in East Bridgewater. 

Mr Smith was arrested as a result for the West Bridgewater offense.  Investigators later confirmed and charged Mr Smith for 5 prior vehicle car burglaries, three which occurred at the East Bridgewater YMCA on Route 106 and 2 which occurred at Bridgewater Fitness on Route 18 within the past two months.  Investigators believe that Mr Smith was monitoring these gym patrons exiting their vehicles and entering the gym and selected their vehicles seeking pocketbooks and/or wallets, some of which had been left in plain view.  The victim’s of these crimes had cash taken from their purses and/or wallets, but there did not appear to be any criminal activity on any of the victim’s credit cards or any type of identity fraud.  Investigators believe Mr Smith was looking to steal cash and not possess any stolen items, which could be traced back to him. 

Bridgewater Sgt Detective Christopher Delmonte and Detective Carl McDermott and East Bridgewater Police Officers Tom Flint and Michael Jenkins assisted in this joint-investigation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major Cocaine Distributor Arrested

 West Bridgewater- On February 25, 2005 after a lengthy investigation, investigators from the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, which is an investigative grant funded unit comprised of detectives from the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater Police Departments, executed a “No Knock” search warrant at #147 Turnpike Street, West Bridgewater early Thursday morning. Information obtained by investigators indicated that Mr David Lima, age 26, was distributing cocaine from this location, which investigator's learned is Mr Lima's residence.

At approximately 4:00 am, W.E.B. investigators along with the Bridgewater Police Department high risk entry tactical unit executed this No Knock warrant at #147 Turnpike Street. This tactical unit along with WEB detectives executed the No Knock search warrant and quickly located and secured Mr Lima in his 2nd floor bedroom.

According to West Bridgewater Detective Sergeant Victor Flaherty, the Bridgewater tactical unit was utilized by WEB investigators due to prior information within Mr Lima’s lengthy criminal history and recent information that Lima possessed high capacity weapons. Investigators are pleased with the arrest and feel that a dangerous and lengthy career criminal is off the street with this arrest.

During the search of the home, approximately 140 grams of cocaine were located along with several thousand dollars in cash, which investigators believe are proceeds from Mr Lima’s cocaine distribution.  In addition, a large volume of suspected anabolic steroids, hypodermic needles, and various other prescription pills were seized. 

Mr Lima was placed under arrest and later charged with Trafficking Cocaine in Excess of 100 grams, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession with the Intent to Distribute Class E drugs, and Possession of Hypodermic Needles.

During Mr Lima’s arrest, officers located a loaded, high capacity semi-automatic handgun in close proximity to Mr Lima, who was in his bed at the time.  Mr Lima is currently being held at the West Bridgewater Police Department pending his arraignment at Brockton District Court.

Officers involved in the arrest were Detective Sergeant Victor Flaherty, Detective Sergeant Scott Allen, Detective Sergeant Christopher Delmonte, Detective Mike Jenkins, Detective Paul O’Brien, Detective Thomas Flint, Detective Steve Gorman, Officer Kenneth Thaxter, Officer Richard Flaherty and tactical team officers Carl McDermott, Robert Bailey, Steve Kingsley, and Larry Bresciani.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES SOUGHT AGAINST COUPLE 

West Bridgewater, MA-Investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, along with Brockton Police Detectives, executed two search warrants on Friday afternoon related to a month-long heroin distribution investigation initiated by Bridgewater Police Detective Joseph Demoura.  Detective Demoura had received information that residents of the Bridgewaters and other surrounding greater Brockton area towns had been purchasing heroin from a male and female tandem, who were based in Brockton, but were traveling in and around the surrounding towns to complete their drug sales. 

As a result, an undercover officer assigned to the WEB Task Force made several heroin purchases from this couple in the Bridgewaters, which led to the identification of the couple’s suspected base of operation, #160 Pine Grove Drive in Brockton.  A Mazda sedan was also identified and utilized to complete these undercover heroin sales.  Detective Demoura obtained search warrants on Friday from Brockton District Court for the residence at #160 Pine Grove Drive and the Mazda sedan. 

At approximately 3 pm, Mr. David Hidalgo, age 34, #160 Pine Grove Drive, was arrested on Route 106 near Route 24 in West Bridgewater, after officers executed the search warrant of the Mazda sedan that Mr. Hidalgo was operating.  Mr. Hidalgo was charged as a result of 4 heroin sales he had made to the undercover WEB officer.  Mr. Hidalgo, when arrested, had had in his possession a quantity of heroin, in excess of $700.00 cash, and other items utilized to assist his heroin sales, including a cellular phone, which continued to ring after his arrest with calls coming in from many suspected drug customers. 

After Mr. Hidalgo was transported back to the West Bridgewater Police Station for booking procedures, WEB investigators, led by West Bridgewater Sgt Detective Victor Flaherty, traveled to #160 Pine Grove Drive in Brockton where they executed the second search warrant of the residence.  Mr. Hidalgo’s female companion, Ms Ivy Rodriguez, age 36, was present during the execution of this search warrant.  Officers located approximately 15 grams of heroin and approximately 16 grams of cocaine secreted in the kitchen cabinets, identified as the shared residence of Mr. Hidalgo and Ms Rodriguez.  In addition to the significant quantities of heroin and cocaine seized within various packages consistent with distribution parcels, approximately $1,000.00 cash was located as well as other evidence supporting drug sales. 

Ms Rodriguez was arrested at the Brockton residence and booked at the Brockton Police Station for Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws, Trafficking in Excess of 14 grams of both Heroin and Cocaine.  Ms Rodriguez’ bail was later set at $10,040.00 cash.  In addition to Mr. Hidalgo’s (4) counts of Heroin Distribution in the Bridgewaters, he was also charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws and Trafficking in Excess of 14 grams of both Heroin and Cocaine, as a result of the seizures at his and Ms Rodriguez’ apartment.  Mr. Hidalgo was held on no bail.  

WEB investigators seized the Mazda sedan under the state’s drug distribution forfeiture laws and investigators will move to seize the vehicle through the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.  This heroin distribution investigation was the result of the WEB Task Force’ continued committed efforts to identify heroin distributors who are responsible for supplying this drug to residents within the Bridgewaters, a drug that continues to plague many local residents.  Within the past several months, there has been a “spike” in heroin-related overdoses, including several suspected heroin overdoses resulting in death or serious injuries within the Bridgewaters and surrounding towns. 

This investigation was another successful case resulting from the cooperative efforts of the WEB Task Force and Brockton Detectives, including the Brockton Narcotics Unit.  Investigators assisting in the investigation included West Bridgewater Officer Greg Ames, East Bridgewater Officers Tom Flint, Paul O’Brien, and Michael Jenkins, Bridgewater Detective Carl MacDermott, and Brockton Detectives Michael Damiano and Eric Clark. 

WEB investigators, while conducting follow-up work related to Friday’s heroin distribution arrests of a boyfriend-girlfriend tandem (David Hidalgo and Ivy Rodriguez), learned that the male who had been arrested under the name of Mr. David Hidalgo, age 34, #160 Pine Grove Drive, was found by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department fingerprint unit to have been arrested in 2000 under the name Mr. Jose Medina-Ruiz.  Mr. Medina-Ruiz, age 27, was arrested on Cocaine Trafficking charges by Abington Police on April 18, 2000.  This Abington case is still pending in the Brockton courts. 

 Mr. Medina-Ruiz (aka Mr. Hidalgo) is being held on no bail pending his arraignment in Brockton District Court on Monday morning as a result of the new charges lodged from Friday’s WEB Task Force arrest.  An additional charge of providing a false name to a police officer is expected to be brought against Mr. Medina-Ruiz (Hidalgo) on Monday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB Play Prominent Role in Busting NJ-south of Boston Oxycontin Ring

Bridgewater-Detectives assigned to the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater (The WEB) crime task force arrested a number of local men in connection with a multi-state distribution ring selling Oxycontin. Working with law enforcement authorities in New Jersey, and troopers assigned to the office of Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, local detectives learned that subjects currently under investigation by the WEB were obtaining the drug Oxycontin from a source in Union County New Jersey.  According to Lieutenant Detective Raymund Rogers of the West Bridgewater Police, detectives followed suspects to various locations on Route 95 in Rhode Island and Connecticut and observed the drug transactions.  The drugs were obtained in quantities of 500 to 2,000 pills during each transaction, which took place two to three times a week.  Oxycontin pills have a street resale value up to $80 each, with a wholesale purchase price as low as $35 per pill.  New Jersey authorities tracked the supply of the illegal drugs to several retail pharmacies in that jurisdiction. 

Utilizing information from New Jersey, Detectives Scott Allen of East Bridgewater, Victor Flaherty of West Bridgewater and Joseph Demoura of Bridgewater followed and observed the transactions over the last several weeks.  “This cooperative effort between the various agencies resulted in the disruption of a major pipeline of Oxycontin into this area”, said Lt. Det. Raymund Rogers who is the supervisor of the WEB Task Force.

Search warrants were issued by the Brockton District court on Wednesday and simultaneous raids took place in Brockton, and Bridgewater on Wednesday night.  WEB detectives along with the Brockton Police Narcotic Squad entered 79 Ellsworth St, Apartment 3E and arrested Ryan Daly, age 22 of that address.  Oxycontin and Marijuana was seized along with 4 cellular phones and $2,800.00 in cash. Daly was charged with being a Fugitive from justice (New Jersey offenses), Possession of Class “B” drugs to distribute, and conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.

At the same time police raided the apartment of James Fitzgerald, age 27, at 531 Broad Street in Bridgewater.  Oxycontin as well as customer lists and records of drug transactions were seized by police.  “The information obtained from the Bridgewater location surely will result in additional arrests”, stated Lt. Rogers.

While local investigators searched the apartment of Mr. Fitzgerald another team entered his business, Performance Stereo, 419 Crescent St., Brockton.  Additional records and evidence was seized at that location.

As the local search warrants were being executed, search warrants were being executed at a number of locations in New Jersey.  Joseph Baker, age 22 of 17 Willow St., Stoughton and Eric Love, a New Jersey resident were arrested and charged with Distribution of Class “B” drugs.

Thursday morning detectives arrested Matthew Megnia, age 20, and Sean Mullen, age 29, of 54 Sunrise Tr, Stoughton.  Both men were arrested by Detective Sergeant Victor Flaherty as they arrived in West Bridgewater to purchase drugs.  Both men were charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act. 

“Our information indicates that these drugs were being sold to college students in the Bridgewater and Brockton area” stated Lt. Rogers.  Both Ryan Daly and Joseph Baker are students at Massassoit Community college in Brockton.  Police had observed a number of short trips by customers to the Bridgewater location and many of those customers were later identified as students attending Bridgewater State College. Arrest warrants have been issued for James Fitzgerald of Bridgewater for being a Fugitive from Justice based on numerous pending drug charges in New Jersey.  Additional arrests are expected as a result of the information obtained during the search warrants.  Additional drug charges will be filed by the Bridgewater Police concerning Mr. Fitzgerald as a result of the search warrant Wednesday night.

The WEB task force is funded by a grant from the Executive Officer of Public Safety.  The towns of West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, and East Bridgewater all participate in the program with West Bridgewater serving as the lead agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRIDGEWATER RESIDENT ARRESTED ON NEW JERSEY FUGITIVE WARRANT

BRIDGEWATER MA- Interstate fugitive James Fitzgerald Age 27, was arrested early Monday morning by Bridgewater Police Officers Lawrence Bresciani and Robert Bailey.  Fitzgerald was wanted in connection with a WEB Task Force Oxycontin drug investigation several days ago.  According to Det. Lieutenant Raymund Rogers, Fitzgerald was a major courier of Oxycontin from Connecticut and New Jersey to be re-sold to college students in the greater Brockton area.  In connection with that investigation a Governor’s Warrant was issued by the State if New Jersey charging Fitzgerald with trafficking in controlled substances.  

Police responded at 4:00 AM Monday morning to a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible break in at 531 Broad Street Bridgewater. The residence had been sealed by police after detectives from the WEB Task Force executed a search warrant at the home last Wednesday.  A quantity of drugs as well as documents and customer lists that allegedly tie Fitzgerald into the Oxycontin distribution ring were uncovered during that prior search.  Police found the seal broken on the Broad Street location and the home entered.  Fitzgerald was found in the basement and another subject, Michael Irving, age 28, of 11 Island View Rd in Weymouth was found on the second floor.  

Fitzgerald is also the owner of Performance Stereo of 419 Crescent St., Brockton.  WEB Detectives along with members of the Brockton Police Narcotic Squad raided that location last Wednesday night in addition to the Bridgewater address. Fitzgerald was arrested and charged with: (1) Fugitive from Justice (2) Distribute Class B drugs (3) Distribute Class C drugs and (4) conspiracy to violate the controlled substance act.  Michael Irving was charged with (1) Harboring an interstate felon and (2) Accessory after the fact of a felony.  Both subjects were transported to the Brockton District Court for arraignment.  

Fitzgerald will be entitled to a hearing concerning his extradition to New Jersey to face felony drug charges in that state.  The WEB task force is comprised of Detectives from the three Bridgewater’s.  Det. Lt. Ray Rogers, Det. Sgt. Victor Flaherty, of West Bridgewater, Det. Sgt. Chris Delmonte, Det. Joseph Demoura of Bridgewater, and Det. Sgt. Scott Allen East Bridgewater, all participated in this investigation.  The WEB is funded by a grant from the Executive Office of Public Safety, with West Bridgewater serving as the host agency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB Task Force Arrest Two More Oxycontin Distributors 

BROCKTON, MA-  As a result of evidence from the arrests last week of James Fitzgerald, age 27, of Bridgewater, and Ryan Daily, age 22, of 79 Ellsworth St., Brockton, detectives executed a search warrant this Friday afternoon at the Super 8 Motel in Brockton.  Fitzgerald had been arrested last week when he entered his home at 531 Broad Street Bridgewater at 4:00 AM.  Bridgewater Officer Robert Bailey and Lawrence Bresciani arrested Fitzgerald on a Governors Warrant from New Jersey.  Fitzgerald was held on a $100,000.00 bond.  As of Friday afternoon he was still being held at the Plymouth County House of Correction pending extradition to New Jersey on multiple drug charges.

Today, Det. Lieutenant Raymund Rogers of West Bridgewater, Det. Sgt. Scott Allen of East Bridgewater, Det. Timothy Hanlon of Whitman, Brockton Detective John Lonegan and Det. Sgt. Kevin O’Connell of Brockton made entry into a second floor hotel room at the Super 8 Motel located in the Westgate Mall. 

Police seized $2,000.00 in cash and Oxycontin with a street value of $1,500.00.  Arrested in the hotel room was Philip Rollins, age 21, of 35 David Rd., Carver and Kevin T. Whitaker, age 19, of 78 Washington Tr., Whitman.  Both men were charged with Possession of a Class “B” substance with intent to distribute, Possession of a Class “D” substance with intent to distribute and Conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substance Act.  The drugs seized by police matched the drugs seized in the New Jersey “Dr. Feel Good” operation last week.  According to Det. Lt. Rogers police have the men on video tape meeting with the co-conspirators in the New Jersey drug distribution case.  Detectives will turn over their information to the Federal Authorities for possible criminal charges on the Federal level. 

In an unrelated incident, Detectives, while still at the motel, were called on by the hotel manager to assist with a medical emergency in another room.  Det. Sgt. Allen had to force open the door to a room to assist with the emergency.  As Brockton Police and Ambulance units responded to the medical call, another man, unrelated to both the arrest and the medical emergency, jumped out the second floor window of yet a third room and ran off into a wooded area. Police were not sure at this time why the man fled.  The other man was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

Chief Donald Clark from West Bridgewater stated, “The W.E.B. Task Force has made a significant impact on criminal activity in our area, the town is pleased with the investment made in this specialized unit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Task Force Arrests Local College Students on Marijuana Distribution Charges

Bridgewater- This past Wednesday (October 20th), during the early morning hours, investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force arrested two local Bridgewater State College students related to suspected marijuana sales.  Officers arrested Mr Ryan Benedetto, age 23 and his roommate, Mr Scott Coleman, age 22, after investigators executed a search warrant at their second floor apartment at #127 Main Street in Bridgewater.

            Over the past several months, WEB investigators had been investigating Mr Benedetto and conducting surveillance of his apartment as a result of reports of marijuana sales originating from this location in Bridgewater.  Mr Benedetto was familiar to detectives, as WEB investigators had investigated Mr Benedetto for marijuana distribution activity back in the spring of 2000 when he resided on-campus at BSC.

            During the spring of 2000 investigation, an undercover officer working in cooperation with the WEB Task Force made a marijuana purchase from Mr Benedetto, a resident of Shea Hall, at that time.  Mr Benedetto was not prosecuted at that time, as the school semester ended prior to investigators having the opportunity to arrest Mr Benedetto.

            Recently, lead investigators, Detective Joseph Demoura and Sgt Detective Allen, had re-opened the investigation of Mr Benedetto, based upon information that marijuana sales were originating from Mr Benedetto’s residence.  During the search warrant execution on October 20th, investigators seized in excess of one-pound of marijuana, most of which was high-quality, “Hydroponically grown” marijuana.

Hydroponic marijuana is grown at indoor operations throughout the US and mainly in Canada, in complex nutrient-enriched water systems, which allows growers to have up to three crops a year.  “Hydro” marijuana, as a result of these “watering systems”, contains up to double the THC levels (the primary intoxicant in marijuana that creates the mind-altering effects) than are found in standard, outdoor, soil grown marijuana.

Investigators seized evidence of marijuana distribution activity from this second floor apartment, including digital scales, plastic bags, cellular phones and written notes corroborating marijuana sales.  Detectives arrested Mr Benedetto and charged him with (1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (2) Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws (3) Drug Violation in a School Zone (4) Distribution of Marijuana, related to the spring 2000 sale.  Mr Benedetto was arraigned at Brockton District Court later on October 20th, and released on $1,000.00 cash bail.

Mr Coleman was arrested and charged with (1) Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana (2) Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws (3) Drug Violation in a School Zone.  Mr Coleman was also arraigned and bailed later on October 20th.

A third resident of the second floor apartment at #127 Main Street, a female BSC student, was also present during the search warrant but was not charged by investigators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

WEB ARREST BRIGHTON WOMAN DURING DRUG ARREST

BRIDGEWATER MA­-MEMBERS FO THE W.E.B., (WEST BRIDGEWATER, EAST BRIDGEWATER, BRIDGEWATER) CRIME TASK FORCE ARRESTED A 33 YEAR OLD BRIGHTON WOMAN AND CHARGED HER WITH (1) TRAFFICKING IN COCAINE AND (2) DRUG VIOLATION NEAR SCHOOL ZONE.

DETECTIVES FROM THE WEB TASK FORCE HAD BEEN INVESTIGATING A DRUG DELIVERY SERVICE, OPERATING OUT OF BOSTON FOR THE LAST TWO MONTHS. IT HAD BEEN REPORTED TO THE WEB THAT A HISPANIC FEMALE WAS MAKING VARIOUS COCAINE DELIVERS IN THE AREA.  ACTING ON REPORTS FROM ALL THREE OF THE  BRIDGEWATERS, SURVEILLANCE WAS ESTABLISHED ON VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN THE  THOSE COMMUNITIES.

AT 7:30 PM THURSDAY NIGHT DETECTIVE SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER DELMONTE OF THE  BRIDGEWATER POLICE, DETECTIVE JOSEPH DEMOURA OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE, ALONG WITH DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT RAYMUND ROGERS AND DETECTIVE SERGEANT VICTOR FLAHERTY OF THE WEST BRIDGEWATER POLICE, AND DETECTIVE SCOTT ALLEN OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE ARRESTED THE SUSPECT.

THE VEHICLE WAS STOPPED AT THE INTERSECTION OF MAIN AND OAK STREET IN BRIDGEWATER POLICE.  ARMED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT ISSUED FROM THE BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT, OFFICERS ATTEMPTED TO OPEN THE DOORS TO THE VEHICLE, HOWEVER THE OPERATOR REFUSED.  POLICE HAD TO SMASH OUT THE DRIVER SIDE WINDOW IN ORDER TO MAKE THE ARREST.  TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WAS SANTA B VILLEGA, AGE 32, OF 81 FANEUIL STREET, APT #229 IN BRIGHTON.  SEIZED FROM HER PERSON WAS 20 GRAMS OF COCAINE AND $1,900.00 IN CASH. THE 1993 GREEN TOYOTA OPERATED BY MS. VILLEGA WAS SEIZED BY POLICE AND WILL BE FORFEITED TO THE TASK FORCE.

             MS. VILLEGA WAS BAILED FROM THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE STATION FOR HER APPEARANCE IN BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT FRIDAY MORNING.  THE WEB TASK FORCE OPERATES ON A GRANT FROM THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY.   ASSISTING DETECTIVES DURING THE ARREST WAS OFFICER ROBERT BAILEY OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE AND OFFICER THOMAS FLINT OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE.

             EACH COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES $10,000.00 TO THE OPERATION OF THE TASK FORCE, WHICH IS MATCHED BY THE STATE GRANT.  "THIS TYPE OF CRIMINAL ACTIVITY IS LABOR INTENSIVE TO INVESTIGATE AND WITHOUT THE TASK FORCE WE WOULD SIMPLY NOT HAVE THE FUNDS TO PROVIDE THIS LEVEL OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO THE THREE TOWNS, " SAID LT ROGERS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.E.B. Arrest Suspected Oxycontin and Cocaine Sellers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 08/07/2004 @ 10:00 AM EDT,

WEST BRIDGEWATER MA­ DETECTIVES FROM THE W.E.B TASK FORCE (BRIDGEWATER, EAST BRIDGEWATER AND WEST BRIDGEWATER) EXECUTED THREE SEARCH WARRANTS FRIDAY NIGHT WHICH RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF TWO SUBJECTS.  DET. SGT. VICTOR FLAHERTY AND DET. SGT. SCOTT ALLEN HAD OBSERVED DRUG TRANSACTIONS TAKING PLACE IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE SHELL GAS STATION, ON ROUTE 106 IN WEST BRIDGEWATER NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO ROUTE 24.

 THE SUBJECTS, A MAN AND A WOMAN WERE SEEN IN A BLACK FORD EXPLORER ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS.  DETECTIVES CONDUCTED SURVEILLANCE OF THE AREA AND OBSERVED THE SUBJECTS MEETING PEOPLE IN THE PARKING LOT AT VARIOUS TIMES OF THE DAY.  OVER THE LAST FOUR WEEKS DETECTIVES FOLLOWED THE TWO SUSPECTS AS THEY ALLEGEDLY MADE DRUG DELIVERIES IN THE THREE BRIDGEWATER'S, BROCKTON, AND AVON.  FRIDAY NIGHT, ARMED WITH THREE SEARCH WARRANTS ISSUED THAT DAY BY BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT, DETECTIVES FIRST SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT AT 2 CHILDERS DRIVE IN WEST BRIDGEWATER.

 THIS FIRST RAID TEAM UNDER THE COMMAND OF LT. RAYMUND ROGERS, WEB TASK FORCE SUPERVISOR, RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF TARA CHILDERS, AGE 25, A RESIDENT OF THAT ADDRESS, AND VICTOR MERLINO, AGE 32, OF 10 KINGSTON ST., BROCKTON. DURING THE SEARCH OF THE HOME DETECTIVES FOUND THE DRUG OXYCONTIN, AMONG OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. 

IN ADDITION OF ROGERS, INVOLVED IN THE SEARCH OF THE HOME WAS DETECTIVE SGT. VICTOR FLAHERTY, OFFICER PAUL O'BRIEN OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE, AND OFFICERS DANIEL DESMOND AND JOYCE GRAF OF THE WEST BRIDGEWATER POLICE.  POLICE SEIZED MS. CHILDERS 2000 BLACK FORD EXPLORER. 

UNDER THE STATE ASSET FORFEITURE LAW POLICE MAY SEIZE ANY VEHICLE THAT IS USED TO TRANSPORT ILLEGAL DRUGS. POLICE THEN PETITION THE SUPERIOR COURT TO HAVE THE VEHICLE FORFEITED OVER TO THE COMMONWEALTH. 

ACCORDING TO LT. ROGERS, SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE TASK FORCE 4 YEARS AGO 12 VEHICLES HAVE BEEN SEIZED BY THE WEB.  SOME OF THE VEHICLES ARE LATER SOLD AT AUCTION AND THE FUNDS SPLIT BETWEEN THE THREE WEB POLICE FORCES FOR ADDITIONAL DRUG INVESTIGATIONS.  ON OTHER OCCASIONS THE VEHICLES ARE PUT INTO SERVICE AND USED BY WEB DETECTIVES FOR UNDERCOVER OPERATIONS. 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIMOTHY CRUZ HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING US WITH ASSET FORFEITURE", STATED LT. ROGERS, "HIS STAFF HAS NOT LOST A SINGLE VEHICLES SEIZURE CASE FOR US SO FAR." 

THE SECOND RAID TEAM UNDER THE COMMAND OF DET. SGT. KEVIN O'CONNELL OF THE BROCKTON POLICE NARCOTIC UNIT EXECUTED A SEARCH AT 10 KINGSTON STREET IN BROCKTON.  DETECTIVES SEIZED IN EXCESS OF $4,300.00 IN CASH, ALONG WITH CUSTOMER LISTS AND RECORDS OF DRUG TRAFFICKING. 

PARTICIPATING IN THE SEARCH OF THE HOME WAS DET. SGT. SCOTT ALLEN OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE, DETECTIVE SGT. CHRIS DELMONTE, HIS K-9 GORBIE, AND DETECTIVE JOE DEMOURA OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE AND DETECTIVES MCDERMOTT, ROBURY, COSTELO AND KEATING OF THE BROCKTON POLICE NARCOTIC UNIT. 

AS A RESULT OF THE SEARCH AND INVESTIGATION TARA CHILDERS WAS CHARGED WITH (I) POSSESSION OF A CLASS B DRUG TO DISTRIBUTE AND (2) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT. 

MS.CHILDERS WAS RELEASED ON PERSONAL FOR HER APPEARANCE IN BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT MONDAY MORNING. 

VICTOR MERLINO WAS CHARGED WITH (1) POSSESSION OF A CLASS A" DRUG TO DISTRIBUTE (2) POSSESSION OF A CLASS B DRUG TO DISTRIBUTE OXYCONTIN, AND (3) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT. 

ACCORDING TO LT. ROGERS, MERLINO HAS A. OPEN CASE IN NORFOLK SUPERIOR COURT FOR TRAFFICKING IN MORE THAN 200 GRAMS OF COCAINE. HE HAS 54 CHARGES ON HIS CRIMINAL HISTORY INCLUDING CONVICTIONS FOR ASSAULT & BATTERY, POSSESSION OF CLASS "D" DRUGS, DISTURBANCE, DISTRIBUTION OF MARIJUANA, LARCENY MORE THAN $250.00, SHOPLIFTING, AND DISTRIBUTION OF COCAINE.  MERLINO WAS HELD AT THE WEST BRIDGEWATER STATION IN LIEU OF $100,000.00 CASH BAIL SET BY CLERK MAGISTRATE KEVIN CREEDON.  HE WILL APPEAR IN BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT MONDAY FOR ARRAIGNMENT ON THE NEW CHARGES.     

THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GREAT COOPERATION BETWEEN THE NEIGHBORING POLICE AGENCIES, STATED LT. ROGERS, "SGT. 0'CONNELL AND HIS NARCOTIC UNIT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE HELPFUL IN THIS INVESTIGATION, AS WELL AS THE FANTASTIC COOPERATION OF DA TIM CRUZ AND HIS ASSET FORFEITURE LIAISON". 

50% OF THE WEB TASK FORCE FUNDING COMES FROM THE THREE BRIDGEWATER WITH THE REMAINDER COMING FROM A GRANT ADMINISTERED BY THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many prosecutors seek evidence in strip-search hoax

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

Article from Brockton Enterprise, July 13, 2004

Fifteen law enforcement agencies are lining up to get their own copies of store surveillance photos showing a man buying prepaid phone cards used to call fast-food restaurants in national strip-search hoaxes.

The Raynham-based Regional Electronic and Computer Crime Task Force is making CD copies of the photos to be sent to departments across the country after a team of local detectives last month was able to identify the suspect as a Florida correctional officer.

"Everyone is interested in the stuff," West Bridgewater Lt. Raymund Rogers said. "Now that the case has been solved, per se, we will release anything that will be helpful to other agencies."

David R. Stewart, 38, of Fountain, Fla., a correctional officer at a privately run state prison in Florida, was arrested at his home in June on a fugitive-from-justice warrant out of Kentucky after detectives from West Bridgewater and Abington flew to Florida and were able to identify the suspect through surveillance photos.

Kentucky officials were later notified and filed charges.

Stewart is accused of posing as a police officer in an April 9 call to a McDonald's in Mount Washington, Ky., population 10,000, convincing the manager to strip-search an employee.

Stewart is now fighting extradition to Kentucky, Rogers said.

Detectives in West Bridgewater, Abington, Wareham and Whitman expect to meet with prosecutors in coming weeks to see what charges can be pressed in connection with strip-search hoaxes earlier this year in their communities.

In all of the Massachusetts cases, a caller posing as police officer convinced managers at Wendy's restaurants to strip-search employees, saying the person was stealing.

There have been dozens of similar cases across the country since 1999 involving Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Applebee's and other businesses.

Raynham Deputy Police Chief Louis J. Pacheco said the photos that will be on CDs sent to other departments were gleaned from the time-lapsed surveillance tapes.

"The CD is a convenient way to share them," he said of the photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

From Boston Globe Article

Florida man arrested in strip-search hoax

By Associated Press  July 2, 2004                     

Police have identified a man suspected of making hoax phone calls to fast-food restaurants in Massachusetts and around the country and encouraging managers to strip-search employees and, in at least one case, a customer.

An investigation that involved law enforcement agencies from several states, as well as security for AT&T and Wal-Mart , led to David R. Stewart, 38, of Fountain, Fla., said Lieutenant Raymund Rogers of the West Bridgewater police.

Stewart was arrested yesterday at his home on a fugitive-from-justice warrant from Mount Washington, Ky., where the suspect had made a hoax call to a local McDonald's , Rogers said.

Stewart has not been charged in Massachusetts. Police must submit their evidence to the district attorney's office to determine if and what charges will be filed, Rogers said. A call to a spokeswoman for Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz was not immediately returned yesterday.

In February, a caller persuaded managers to strip-search employees at Wendy's restaurants in West Bridgewater, Abington, Whitman, and Wareham. The calls to the Massachusetts Wendy's stores were traced to Panama City, Fla., where investigators had previously determined that the suspect was making the calls from pay phones, using prepaid calling cards bought at local Wal-Mart stores, Rogers said. With the help of Wal-Mart security, police watched hundreds of hours of store surveillance tapes to identify the suspect.

A search of Stewart's home and car on Wednesday turned up calling cards and other evidence, Rogers said. A message left on an answering machine at Stewart's home last evening was not immediately returned. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

Stewart, who recently worked as a correctional officer for the Bay County, Fla., Corrections Department, is alleged to have called restaurants around the country identifying himself as either management or law enforcement. The caller would then persuade managers to detain and search employees for drugs or money.

At a Taco Bell in Fountain Hills, Ariz., the caller persuaded the manager to strip-search a 17-year-old female customer in March.

None of the managers at the Massachusetts Wendy's have been criminally charged for the strip-searches because police consider them victims of the hoax. However, at least one civil complaint has been filed in Massachusetts. 

© Copyright 2004 Globe Newspaper Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Investigators: We figured he was a cop (Brockton Enterprise Article; June 3, 2004)

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

From the start, investigators suspected the man calling fast-food restaurants throughout the country and conning managers to strip-search employees by claiming to be a police officer was involved in law enforcement.

This week, that hunch proved correct.

A 38-year-old corrections officer at a privately run state prison in Florida was arrested Thursday for a strip-search hoax in Kentucky, thanks in part to the work done by detectives in Massachusetts investigating similar cases here.

David R. Stewart, 38, of Fountain, Fla., was arrested at his home on a fugitive-from-justice warrant issued in Kentucky after detectives from West Bridgewater and Abington flew to Florida and were able to identify the suspect through surveillance photos.

He is now on unpaid administrative leave and his employer, Corrections Corp. of America, is taking steps to fire him.

Detectives in West Bridgewater, Abington, Whitman and Wareham expect to meet with Plymouth County prosecutors next week to see what type of charges can be lodged here in connection with strip-search hoaxes earlier this year in their communities.

In all of the Massachusetts cases, a caller posing as police officer convinced managers at Wendy's restaurants to strip-search employees, saying the person was stealing. There have been dozens of similar cases across the country since 1999 involving Burger King, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Applebee's and other businesses.

West Bridgewater Detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty said once authorities were able to find images of the suspect on surveillance tapes, the case began to unfold quickly.

He said one set of surveillance photos showed the suspect buying phone cards used to make hoax calls to Massachusetts. When those photos were shown to police in Panama City, officers there recognized the pants the man was wearing as part of a corrections officer's uniform.

Flaherty and Abington Detective Sgt. Scott Saccoach then showed another set of photos taken at another store with the man's face to Kevin Watson, the warden at the Bay County, Fla., Correctional Department.

The warden of the privately run prison identified him as a corrections officer, Saccoach said. Stewart was employed at the prison, which houses 750 inmates, since August 2003, Watson said.

Stewart was also once an auxiliary officer at the Washington County Sheriff's Department in Florida.

"The speculation was that, due to the things that were indicated on the phone calls, this individual was probably a member or wished to be a member of law enforcement in some capacity," Saccoach said. "So, when we identified the pants, we weren't wholeheartedly surprised."

The identification was made after Saccoach and Flaherty flew to Florida this week armed with photos of the suspect gleaned from hours of surveillance tapes taken at Florida Wal-Mart stores.

"I don't think a lot of people expected us to get as far as we did," Saccoach said.

But it wasn't an easy task, Saccoach and others said.

First, investigators searched through phone records and traced the calling cards used in the hoax calls.

Then, after tracking where the cards were bought, they obtained surveillance tapes from Wal-Mart stores in Florida hoping to find images of the suspect buying the items.

With the tapes in hand, they turned to the Regional Electronic and Computer Crime Task Force, or REACCT, in Raynham for help in pinpointing the image of the suspect and enhancing it.

Raynham Deputy Chief Louis J. Pacheco, founder of REACCT who helped the investigators, said it took hours to do the work but the local detectives were committed.

"These guys were a good team," he said.

The work of local investigators is also earning praise from Wendy's.

"Our hats are off to all the law enforcement officers who have worked so long and diligently on this case. We are very appreciative of their efforts, and continue to keep the unfortunate victims of the terrible hoax in our thoughts and prayers," the company said in a prepared statement.

Dan Jablonski, a private investigator in Wichita, Ka., who had a 28-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on Friday said he has documented more than 70 incidences of this type of hoax since 1995 and in at least two dozen states, he said.

He said the suspect would spend between five and six hours calling businesses, and at first called them collect.

"Not only did they get scammed, they had to pay a collect call," Jablonski said.

After that, he said the suspect changed to calling cards.

"That's what led to his demise," Jablonski said.

The former FBI agent said he had been in touch with Wendy's International on cases before the four Wendy's in the Brockton region were hit with the hoax.

He said the caller did not discriminate, calling any and all types of fast food restaurants.

"The good end to this story is he's not going to be able to do this anymore," Jablonski said. "With his arrest, he's not going to be able to cause the great psychological and economic harm to businesses and the people who work for the businesses."

Jablonski said he was pleased to see an arrest and praised the work of the local police departments in cracking the case.

"I'm very happy that they did their work, very happy that an arrest has been made so as this terrible situation can be ended across the country," he said.

Flaherty and Saccoach said they're not sure what prompted the strip-search hoaxes.

"We have speculations as to what may have led him to do what he has done but at this time, we don't have anything concrete," Saccoach said.

The suspect, married and the father of five, said he was "glad it was over" but never admitted involvement in the cases, Saccoach said.

"He never denied anything, but he also wasn't willing to come out and articulate he was guilty," Saccoach said.

Staff writer Jennifer Kovalich contributed to this article.

Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB Attempting to Maintain Integrity of Investigation

From Brockton Enterprise, Editorial Page “Opinion” Page, May 8, 2004

"Thumbs down!    To Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, the tough-talking publicity hound who has picked a fight with West Bridgewater police over a surveillance tape seized as part of the Wendy's strip-search investigation. "Sheriff Joe," as he is known, had a fast-food strip search incident in his jurisdiction. He demanded in a letter last week that West Bridgewater police turn over the tape to his investigators in 72 hours. He went on to threaten legal action and all sorts of other dire consequences. But West Bridgewater Lt. Raymund Rogers said Massachusetts investigators are in no hurry to turn the tape over to Arpaio because he revealed some key pieces of information on national television, potentially jeopardizing the ongoing probe. "We don't want to see the tape on 'Good Morning America,' " Rogers said. The tape, which may have captured the image of a suspect in Florida buying the phone card used in the strip-search hoax, is now being examined by video forensic experts at the Raynham-based Regional Electronic and Computer Crime Task Force. Arpaio, who is best know for having inmates in his tent-city jail wear pink underwear, ought to leave this case to the police professionals in Massachusetts."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CRACK DEALERS CAUGHT BY THE WEB

BRIDGEWATER MA, APRIL 23, 2004- DETECTIVES FROM THE W.E.B “WEST BRIDGEWATER – EAST BRIDGEWATER – BRIDGEWATER MAJOR CRIMES AND DRUG TASK FORCE ARRESTED THREE PERSONS SATURDAY NIGHT FOR CRACK COCAINE DISTRIBUTION.  DETECTIVE SGT. CHRISTOPHER DELMONTE AND DETECTIVE JOSEPH DEMOURA OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE, ALONG WITH OTHER “WEB” INVESTIGATORS HAD BEEN CONDUCTING A TWO MONTH INVESTIGATION CONCERNING DELIVERY OF CRACK COCAINE IN THE THREE TOWNS. POLICE HAD MADE A NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS OF DRUG SALES IN THE BRIDGEWATER AREA OVER THAT TIME PERIOD.  

SATURDAY NIGHT AT 9PM DETECTIVES FROM THE WEB WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF BRIDGEWATER UNIFORMED OFFICERS BROKE UP A DRUG DEAL ON ELM STREET IN BRIDGEWATER.  TAKEN INTO CUSTODY WERE CLIVE COLEY, AGE 33, OF 112 HIGH STREET TAUNTON AND SHAWN A DOTTIN, AGE 37, OF 112 HIGH ST TAUNTON.  ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT RAYMUND ROGERS WHO COMMANDS THE TASK FORCE, COLEY HAS 12 OPEN CASES INCLUDING CARRYING A FIREARM W/O PERMIT, DISTRIBUTION OF COCAINE, AND ASSAULT WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON IN TAUNTON. HE HAS 31 PRIOR CRIMINAL CASES ON HIS RECORD INCLUDING DRUG OFFENSES.   

DOTTIN HAS TWO PENDING ASSAULT AND BATTERY CASES IN TAUNTON AND ATTLEBORO AND HAS PRIOR DRUG CHARGES AND 14 ITEMS ON HIS CRIMINAL HISTORY.  “I WOULD CLASSIFY BOTH OF THESE SUBJECTS AS DANGEROUS MEN THAT NEEDED TO BE TAKEN OFF THE STREET”, SAID ROGERS. 

LATER SATURDAY NIGHT POLICE ARRESTED ANDREA PLUMB, AGE 20, OF 61 WORCESTER STREET TAUNTON.  ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT PLUMB HAD BEEN THE OPERATOR DURING SEVERAL PRIOR DRUG DELIVERIES AND HAD PARTICIPATED IN THE VARIOUS SALES.   

SATURDAY, ARMED WITH SEARCH WARRANTS, POLICE SEIZED FOUR VEHICLES THAT HAD BEEN INVOLVED IN THE CRACK COCAINE DELIVERY SERVICE.  A 2004 BUICK SUV, 1994 HONDA ACCORD, 1993 ISUZU RODEO, AND A 1998 HONDA ACCORD.  POLICE WILL ASK PLYMOUTH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIMOTHY CRUZ TO HAVE THE VEHICLES FORFEITED TO THE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE ASSET FORFEITURE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW AS VEHICLES USED IN THE SALE AND DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES.

IN ADDITION TO ROGERS, DELMONTE AND DEMOURA, DETECTIVE SERGEANTS VICTOR FLAHERTY AND SCOTT ALLEN PARTICIPATED IN THE ARRESTS.  SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THE ARRESTS, DETECTIVE DEMOURA RECOVERED THE FOURTH DELIVERY CAR IN THE MATTAPAN SECTION OF BOSTON.

ANDREA PLUMB WAS CHARGED WITH: (1) POSSESSION TO DISTRIBUTE CLASS “B” DRUGS AND (2) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE DRUG LAWS.  SHE WAS RELEASED FROM THE BRIDGEWATER STATION ON PERSONAL RECOGNANCE. 

SHAWN DOTTIN AND CLIVE COLEY WERE CHARGED WITH: (1) FOUR {4} COUNTS OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CLASS “B” DRUG. (2) DISTRIBUTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE IN A SCHOOL ZONE AND (3) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE DRUG LAW.  DOTIN WAS RELEASED ON $2,000.00 CASH BAIL, COLEY WAS TAKEN TO THE PLYMOUTH COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION AND WILL BE HELD FOR APPEARANCE IN BROCKTON COURT ON MONDAY.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Youths Involved in Marijuana Activities

East Bridgewater- During the evening hours of March 10th, officers from the East Bridgewater Police Department and investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at #95 Prospect Street in East Bridgewater.  This search warrant was the result of information received from numerous sources that indicated that drug distribution activity has been on going at the residence for at least the past several months.

A WEB Task Force investigator had received information within the past month that indicated that activity consistent with drug sales has been occurring at this residence for some time.  Additional complaints were received by investigators from the community indicating a heavy volume of “foot traffic” involving young adults frequenting the apartment, also consistent with drug activity.

On March 10th, School Resource Officer John Grillo received a search warrant for #95 Prospect Street, which is a property under the direct control of the East Bridgewater Housing Authority.  The East Bridgewater Housing Authority has been extremely cooperative in this investigation and other criminal investigations and has taken a proactive approach in ensuring that its residents live in a safe environment within the town of East Bridgewater. 

At approximately 8:45 pm on March 10th, officers executed the warrant at #95 Prospect Street.  Upon execution of the warrant, at seven young adults were located inside.  Three of these visitors were placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana, as each had small quantities of the drug and smoking paraphernalia on their person.

The resident, Mr Matthew McMaster, age 17, was placed under arrest after officers located and seized approximately one quarter pound of marijuana hidden inside of a kitchen refrigerator.  Other smaller quantities of marijuana were located throughout the house.  A scale and bags commonly used to package marijuana for street sales were also seized.  Mr McMaster was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute, Drug Violation in a School Zone, and Possession of Fireworks.

Mr Max Stevens and Mr Timothy Holms, both age 17 of East Bridgewater were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana.  A 16-year old female was also arrested and charged by police for Possession of Marijuana.

Information developed during this investigation indicates that this residence has been frequented and utilized by many local young adults in order to engage in drug activity and the consumption of alcohol.  There was no parent or adult present during or later after the search warrant execution.  The Department of Social Services was notified.  The case remains open and further criminal charges are expected in the investigation.  Officers involved in the search warrant were East Bridgewater Sgt John Cowan, Officers Tom Flint, Joel Silva, Antonio Ferreira and WEB Task Force Investigators East Bridgewater PD Sgt Detective Scott Allen and Bridgewater Detective Joseph Demoura.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Armed Robbery Suspects Foiled

East Bridgewater-At approximately 7:30 pm on Friday night, March 5th, at least three males robbed employees of the P&T Sports Cards shop, located at 687 North Bedford Street, at gunpoint while in the parking lot of the store.  Two masked suspects held up the employees of an undisclosed amount of cash, a third suspect was waiting nearby in a “get-away” vehicle, parked on Harvard Street.  East Bridgewater Police Officer Thomas Flint had been patrolling in the area on Harvard Street and came upon the suspects fleeing the robbery scene, and observed them jumping into the suspect vehicle.  Officer Flint, while radioing for backup assistance, ordered the suspects from the vehicle at gunpoint, at which time three suspects fled into the woods along Harvard and North Bedford Streets.

Officers from East Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, the State Police, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department and Brockton assisted in an extensive search for the suspects, which included two K-9’s.  The suspect vehicle was seized from a driveway it had stopped in on Harvard Street.  As a result of processing that vehicle for evidence, officers were able to identify two of the suspects.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants for two of the suspects, Mr Jean Legrand, age 21, of 872 Center Street, Brockton and Mr Mark Harvey, age 28, also of 872 Center Street, Brockton.

At approximately 11:00 pm, Whitman Police located a third suspect, Mr Donnell Burton-Livesy, age 20, of 307 Forest Ave in Brockton while he was walking from the woods near Auto-Lines car dealership, approximately ½ mile north of the robbery scene.  Mr Burton-Livesy was covered in dirt and his clothes were extremely damp.  Mr Burton-Livesy was identified as one of the robbery suspects and brought into custody at the East Bridgewater Police Station.  Mr Burton-Livesy was charged with Armed Robbery while Masked, Conspiracy to commit an Armed Robbery while Masked, and Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

At approximately 2:00 am on March 6th, Officer Flint and Sgt Detective Scott Allen, assisted by detectives and officers of the Brockton Police, placed Mr Legrand in custody at his home in Brockton on the same charges.

Investigators are actively seeking Mr Harvey for the same offenses and have obtained a warrant for his arrest.  Anyone with information on Mr Harvey’s whereabouts can contact the EBPD at 508-378-7223 or leave anonymous information on the detective line, 508-378-1641.  The East Bridgewater Police were greatly assisted by their brother and sister officers in the neighboring communities in this investigation.  The employees of P&T Sports Cards, although traumatized, were uninjured.  At least two masks/head coverings were seized in addition to a pellet gun, which may have been used by one of the suspects. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trio eyed for many break-ins

By Maureen Boyle and Jean Porrazzo, Enterprise staff writers

Three people caught trying to break into the Knights of Columbus Hall in Holbrook are suspects in at least 40 break-ins to businesses throughout the region in the past two months.

The trio, arraigned Tuesday in Quincy District Court, were caught early Monday after investigators who had been keeping watch on the suspects caught them cutting alarm wires at the hall off Route 37 at 1 Father McGiveny Way in Holbrook.

Alfred Giannini, 27, of 1205 Vernon St., Bridgewater; Peter I. Talbot, 32, of 251 West Main St., Norton; and Marcie A. Giannini, 29, of 251 West Main St., Norton, were charged with attempting to commit a crime, cutting the alarm lines; conspiracy to commit a crime; possession of burglary tools, and malicious destruction of property more than $250,000.

Norfolk County prosecutors unsuccessfully argued to hold Alfred Giannini and Talbot in lieu of $50,000, but a judge set bail at $10,000.

Bail for Marcie Giannini was set at $5,000, although prosecutors sought $30,000 bail, said David Traub, spokesman for Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating.

The arrests came after police departments throughout the area formed a task force to identify who was breaking into businesses, often cutting phone and alarm wires.

"Because it spread into so many communities, it was a real collaborative effort involving multiple police departments," said West Bridgewater police Lt. Raymund Rogers.

While the men are only charged in the Holbrook case, they are suspects in cases in a number of other towns, authorities said.

Investigators in several communities obtained search warrants for a string of locations Monday as part of the ongoing investigation. Among the items seized were torches and pry bars, the type of tools authorities believe were used to break into some of the businesses.

There have been an estimated 40 break-ins at restaurants, ATM machines, stores and VFW halls in the past two months.

"These weren't just little breaks," said Lt. William Conlon, chief of Brockton detectives. "These weren't smash-and-grabs. These were people who were going for big hits. They were doing things like taking a whole safe out of a building."

Investigators had identified suspects in the case, but until this week did not have enough evidence to make arrests.

"This investigation was so labor-intensive," Rogers said. "Every night for the past two months we've had five or six detectives following these guys. We put in a phenomenal amount of time, but it was the only way to finally be able to catch these guys."

The businesses that authorities believe may have been broken into by the same suspects or group of suspects include:

* East Bridgewater: the Citgo gas station and convenience store on North Bedford Street on Oct. 26.

* Bridgewater: the Tri Town Convenience Store on Route 106 on Oct. 29, McDonald's on July 28 and Olde Scotland Links Golf Course on June 30.

* West Bridgewater: the David James Salon and Day Spa on May 6, Glad Acres Pizza on May 6 and Dunkin' Donuts on Aug. 11.

* Middleboro: attempted break-in at Fireside Restaurant on Nov. 2.

* Taunton: John Deere Co. on Nov. 11 and Crescent Credit Union ATM on Nov. 9.

* Brockton: Christo's Restaurant on Nov. 7, Cumberland Farm Store on Sept. 5, Centre Street Mobil gas station on Sept. 2, Brockton Country Club on Aug. 18 and McDonald's on North Montello Street on June 6.

* Norton: VFW Hall on Summer Street on Sept. 29, Quick Stop & Shop on July 17 and MGA Golf Course on Route 123.

* Easton: the K of C Hall on Sept. 15.

* Abington: the Abington Ale House on June 23

* Also, McDonald's in Norwell on July 12 and Tedeschi Food Mini Mart in Hingham on July 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEB AND BROCKTON NARCOTICS TEAM UP IN COCAINE DELIVERY OPERATION

WEST BRIDGEWATER MA- A two month investigation into cocaine sales in the three (3) Bridgewater’s resulted in the arrest of 4 people Thursday night and the seizure of five vehicles.  Investigators with the WEB (West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater) conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Brockton Narcotic Unit and State Police assigned to District Attorney Timothy Cruz’s office. According to Lt. Ray Rogers who oversees the WEB Task Force, local detectives had reports of drug transactions in the three Bridgewater’s and opened the investigation.  Officers would observe suspects making deliveries at a number of locations in all three of the Bridgewater’s.  A WEB officer acting in an undercover capacity made a number of hand to hand sales of cocaine.  The subject was taken into custody in West Bridgewater Thursday afternoon as he was making another drug sale.  Frank Vazquez, Age 32, of 17 Enterprise Street Brockton was arrested by Lt. Ray Rogers and Officer Gregory Ames (West Bridgewater police)and Sgt. Chris Delmonte and Detective Joe Demora (Bridgewater Police).  As the man was being arrested two teams of officers under the command of Det. Sgt. Kevin O’Connell of the Brockton Police Drug Unit executed separate search warrants in the city of Brockton.  Warrants had been obtained from the Brockton District Court by Detective Sgt. Scott Allen (East Bridgewater Police) for 47 West Ashland Street and 30 Oak Street Extension.  According to the police reports the defendant utilized both these locations to package drugs and prepare them for sale on the street. 

At the 47 west Ashland address package and weight equipment was located consistent with a drug operation.  A small quantity of powder cocaine was located hidden in the apartment.  Arrested at this location was Stacy Shaughnessy, Age 31.  Ms. Shaughnessy was charged with (1) Trafficking in Cocaine (2) Conspiracy to violate the Drug Laws (3) Possession of Class “B” substance and (4) Drug Violation near a school.  After the search of the apartment she was returned to the West Bridgewater station for booking.  Several of the vehicles used to transport the drugs over the course of the investigation were located at this address and taken back to West Bridgewater.  Under state regulations vehicles used to transport drugs for sale can be seized and then turned over to the police or sold with the proceeds going to the police as well.  One of these vehicles, an areostar van, had several hidden compartments that were used to transport large amounts of drugs.

At the 30 Oak Street location 80 grams of cocaine was located by Brockton Detective Michael Shaff underneath the kitchen sink.  Also seized at this location was $2,500.00 in cash and various packaging equipment used in drug operations.  The WEB task force will ask the court to turn the funds over to the police as proceeds of drug transactions.  Four other vehicles that had been used to transport drugs were located and returned to West Bridgewater.  According to Lt. Rogers the local police will work with District Attorney Timothy Cruz to have the vehicles and money turned over to the local police.

A combined weight of over 100 grams of cocaine was seized from Frank Vazquez between what was on his person at the time of arrest and what was found during the search of his apartment.  A conviction on trafficking that amount of cocaine carries a minimum mandatory 10 years in state prison.

Chief Robert Kominsky of West Bridgewater praised the cooperative efforts of the WEB investigators, The Brockton Police Narcotic Unit, and State Troopers assigned to DA Timothy Cruz’s office, and the postal inspection service.  “All of these units worked this investigation as a cooperative effort” said Chief Kominsky, “with fantastic results”.  The Chief said the WEB task force has been a very positive program for the three Bridgewater’s and he looks forward to continued operation of the unit.  Frank Vazquez was held without bail at the West Bridgewater Station house.  He was charged with: (1) Multiple counts of Distribution of a class “B” drug, (2) Trafficking in cocaine in excess of 100 grams, (3) Conspiracy to violate the drug laws and (4) Drug violation near a school.

Later the same evening, two other men were arrested in the parking lot of the RE-MAX building on West Center Street in West Bridgewater.  According to Lt. Rogers these men had called the phone used by Frank Vazquez to order drugs.  Police answered the phone and arranged to meet the men in the parking lot.  Detective Sergeant Victor Flaherty sold the men bags of sugar that appeared to be cocaine.  Both men were were taken into custody by Lt. Rogers and Detective Sgt. Scott Allen after the transaction and charged with (1) Attempt to Commit a Crime, Drug Possession and (2) Conspiracy to violate the Drug Laws.  Arrested were Walter Harris, Age 44 of 18 Pacific Street  Rockland and James Sherman Age 37, of 9 Pleasant View Rd., Rockland.  Harris was held without bail as he had a number of outstanding warrants in effect for his arrest for traffic violations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Positive Praise from Local Community for W.E.B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crack Operation Busted Across Street from Public Library

East Bridgewater, MA- Detectives working with the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater (WEB) Task Force, made an arrest early Monday night, putting a stop to a suspected crack cocaine delivery service.  WEB detectives had received information concerning the sales of crack cocaine on Route 18 across the street from the East Bridgewater public library.  Officers set up surveillance in the area for the last month.  Detectives observed individuals making quick stops consistent with drug transactions at 19 North Bedford Street.  Information was obtained on the vehicle making the deliveries and officers observed the same vehicle making deliveries in other local communities. 

On Monday night, WEB detectives set up surveillance of the Route 18 area of East Bridgewater near the public library.  The same vehicle that had been seen making deliveries was observed at 8:30 pm making a delivery at another home on North Bedford Street and then it traveled to 19 North Bedford to make an additional delivery.  As the vehicle entered the driveway at 19 North Bedford Street, officers approached.  The driver, Mr Alberto Rivera, age 26, of 27 Intervale Street, Brockton, was arrested by Detective Sergeant Scott Allen and Detective Joseph Demoura as he attempted to swallow a container of crack cocaine.  Rivera was charged with (1) count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine and (1) count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.  Ms Reyes had been observed by WEB officers making past deliveries in the Bridgewater area.  Also arrested at the scene was Mr Scott Landry, age 37, of 19 North Bedford Street.  Mr Landry was charged with (1) count of Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws and Attempt to Commit a Crime. 

Ms Reyes had provided a false name to the officers when she was arrested.  She was held on $1,000.00 cash bail and positive identification.  Mr Rivera was held on $1,700.00 cash bail and Mr Landry on a $350.00 cash bail.  All will appear in Brockton District Court Tuesday morning for arraignment on the charges.  Detective John Silva and Officer Thomas Flint assisted in the investigation and the arrest. 

According to Detective Lieutenant Raymund Rogers, a trend has been developing concerning these drug delivery services.  “As we have been very successful in arresting these delivery people, they have changed their tactics,” said Rogers.  The delivery services used to meet customers at various public locations, they now are going directly to the homes of the customers.  The drug dealers feel more comfortable going directly to a home and it makes it more difficult for law enforcement to detect.  Funding for the WEB Task Force will expire in September and it is unknown if the state or the towns will be able to afford to keep the project going after September.  A grant of $30,000 was made from the state along with $10,000 from each of the three Bridgewaters to fund the operation for the past 4 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East Bridgewater raid uncovers drug operation

By Jean Porrazzo, Enterprise staff writer

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Detectives from three communities raided an East Bridgewater home early Thursday morning and uncovered a marijuana-growing operation, police said.

Members of the WEB Task Force, which includes officers from Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and East Bridgewater, discovered video surveillance equipment on the first floor that monitored the front and back of the property, said West Bridgewater Detective Lt. Raymund Rogers in a prepared statement.

The home is being rented by Dana B. Johnson, 48. Records in the assessors office indicate it is owned by Rhonda Roberts of Plain Street, West Bridgewater.  When Johnson arrived at the house, he was informed police had obtained a search warrant.

According to Rogers, officers discovered a false wall in the cellar that concealed the growing area.  "The wall had been constructed to give the appearance that the cellar was smaller," Rogers said in a prepared statement. "On closer inspection, a small door was located behind a work bench that opened up into the growing room." Inside the hidden room, police found more than 30 full-size marijuana plants, Rogers said.

An exhaust system had been installed to the outside of the home to vent the heat created by the commercial grow lights placed in the room.  Johnson was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana with intent to sell, distribution of a Class D drug, and possession with intent to sell a Class B drug, OxyContin.

East Bridgewater Detective Sgt. Scott Allen estimated the value of the commercial growing lights at more than $3,000. The street value of the plants was estimated at $2,500.  According to police, Johnson has a criminal record that includes a number of past drug convictions. He is on probation for a marijuana offense in March 2003 from Whitman police, officers said.

Police Chief John L. Silva said, "I will be reviewing the evidence and if there's any indication that the home can be seized through the drug forfeiture seizure law, I'll be filing the proper papers."  Others involved in the raid included Bridgewater Detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty and West Bridgewater Patrolman Daniel Desmond.

Johnson was arraigned Thursday in Brockton District Court. Bail was set at $500 cash.

 

 

 

 

 

Crack Dealer Swallows Suspected Drugs During Arrest

Bridgewater- On Thursday, June 12th, members of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force arrested Mr Jose Manual Zayas, 35, #51 Market Street, Brockton related to an on-going crack cocaine distribution investigation.  Detectives have been investigating Mr Zayas related to suspected crack sales within the Bridgewaters and surrounding area since April of this year.  Led by Bridgewater Detective Joseph Demoura, an undercover W.E.B. officer was able to make multiple crack cocaine purchases from Zayas in Bridgewater over the past weeks. 

Task Force officers allege that Zayas was utilizing a cellular phone to arrange crack sales daily, meeting customers at pre-arranged meeting locations throughout the area.  Brockton Police Detectives in an unrelated drug investigation in February 2003 previously arrested Zayas, in which he was charged with crack cocaine distribution offenses.  During the Brockton arrest, Zayas was observed swallowing suspected crack cocaine by Brockton officers.

On Thursday, after Detective Demoura had obtained a search warrant for Zayas’ vehicle, task force officers surrounded Zayas and his vehicle on Summer Street in Bridgewater during another suspected drug transaction.  During the warrant execution, Zayas was again observed swallowing suspected crack cocaine bags when officers identified themselves.  Zayas attempted to flee the officers but was taken into custody by task force officers, with the assistance of Bridgewater patrol officers. 

Drug packaging paraphernalia and a cellular phone were seized, in addition to several hundred dollars in suspected drug proceeds.  Zayas’ bail was set at $540.00 cash for two counts of Distribution of Crack Cocaine.  On Friday, June 13th, Mr Zayas failed to appear at his arraignment in Brockton District Court and an arrest warrant has been issued.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.E.B. Task Force Break Up Area Heroin Distribution Operation

    On Friday, June 6, 2003, members of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, State Troopers assigned to the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office, and Brockton Police executed a search warrant of a suspected heroin delivery vehicle in East Bridgewater.  Information had been developed by the W.E.B. Task Force, as well as by the Halifax Police Department, which led to the two-month investigation.  During the course of the investigation, a task force officer had made multiple undercover heroin transactions from two males, whom police state had been observed making suspected heroin deals throughout the greater Brockton area.

    The two suspects, Mr. Juan Jose GarciaCruz, 36, of 16 Davids Street, Brockton and Manuel Cardona, 35, of 81 Armory Street, Boston were arrested during the search warrant execution of the vehicle in East Bridgewater.  When officers attempted to arrest the suspects, the driver, Mr GarciaCruz, attempted to flee the officers, striking an unmarked police vehicle head-on.  No one was injured and the officers were able to take the two suspects into custody.  During a search of the vehicle, approximately 21 grams of suspected heroin was seized in addition to two cellular phones.  Both suspects had previously completed heroin sales to an undercover W.E.B. officer during the past month or more.  Mr GarciaCruz and Mr Cardona were charged with (1) count of Trafficking Heroin, (6) counts each of Distribution of Heroin and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.  Both are suspected of being associated with a larger heroin distribution organization.  Further arrests are expected.

    With the assistance of the Plymouth County Sherrif's Department Bureau of Criminal Investigation, it was learned that Mr Cardona has an alias name of Edwin Carrassquillo.  An active arrest warrant was located within the Massachusetts Warrant Management System for Mr Carassquillo for drug distribution offenses that had occurred in Boston.  Both suspects were held in Brockton District Court on $200,000.00 bail.

    The investigation was an outstanding example of the benefits of multi-jurisdictional police investigations.  It was a cooperative effort between the W.E.B., State Police, Brockton and Halifax Police investigators.  During surveillance, the suspects were followed, making suspected heroin sales, throughout the Bridgewaters, Brockton, Halifax, Whitman, Abington, and Stoughton by investigators .    

    The suspects vehicle is being seized through the District Attorney's Office and within the state's drug forfeiture laws, for its use in facilitating the sales of heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

Plymouth Man Turns Self In Related to Cocaine Distributing Warrant

            On Thursday, Joey Brawner, age 21, of #8 Skylark Ave in Plymouth turned himself in at Quincy District Court on an arrest warrant that had been issued earlier in the week related to a W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force drug investigation.  Mr Brawner had been suspected by task force investigators of distributing powdered cocaine between Plymouth and the Bridgewaters over the past several months. 

            Lead investigator, East Bridgewater Detective John Silva obtained an arrest warrant for Mr Brawner from Brockton District Court earlier in the week related to separate charges of Distribution of Cocaine within the Bridgewaters.

            During the course of the investigation, in excess of 10 grams of powdered cocaine was seized from Mr Brawner.  Distribution of Cocaine within the state of Massachusetts carries a possible jail sentence ranging from two and a half years up to ten years in state prison.  Mr Brawner will appear in Brockton District Court on the offenses at a later date.

 

 

 

 

 

Mapping hot spots

By Mary Julius, Enterprise staff writer

EAST BRIDGEWATER — When the town had a number of break-ins about a year ago, police were able to plot each incident using a computer-generated mapping program at the police station.

"We could focus on the hot spots and increase patrols in those areas," said officer Michael E. Jenkins.

Over the next month, Jenkins will begin upgrading the department's mapping program, called Geographic Information System, so police officers will be able to access maps as well as mug shots and missing persons photographs from their cruiser laptops.

"It's the way of the future," said Police Chief John L. Silva Jr. "We'll be able to build on this program for public safety."

Across the region, police departments like East Bridgewater's are becoming aware of the advantages of using GIS computer-mapping programs in crime-fighting and responding to community needs.

"The reason for this is more and more town planners, assessors, school departments and sewer departments are using GIS, and there's more data available for police to use," said Sgt. Leo E. Hoban, manager of information systems for the Westwood Police Department, where officers have used mapping software in their cruisers for about three years. "The more information you have, the more useful it becomes."

In East Bridgewater, the computer system upgrade was made possible with a $20,500 law enforcement public safety grant from the state Executive Office of Public Safety.

"By putting this information on their laptops, it will keep police officers on the streets. We'll have everything at our fingertips rather than having to go back and forth to a central location," said Jenkins, who has a technology background and worked for more than 12 years for high-tech companies before joining the department in 1997.

He is also a member of the Regional Electronic and Computer Crime Task Force and helped create, develop and launch the department's Web site, www.ebpd.org.

Detective Sgt. Scott Allen will also be involved with using GIS mapping for crime analysis. Allen is a member of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, a regional task force made up of six investigators from the three Bridgewaters.

The Police Department starting using mapping software through a federal police grant in 1999, and with the new hardware and software will be able to access maps used by the assessors office. The upgraded technology will allow the department to access aerial photos via satellite.

"We'll be able to zoom in and see the layout of terrain, paths going into the woods, how many vehicles are on lots, and structure photos," Jenkins said. "If there was a hostage situation, we could see paths heading away from the property. We could also use it to carry out and coordinate searches for missing persons. Officers in the field would have instant access to these maps."

The new technology will also be a part of updating the town's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Jenkins said.

"The GIS certainly gives the latest information relative to potential flood zones and places where over the more recent years topography has changed due to construction," said Peter W. Judge, public information officer for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

The GIS system can also help in the planning of evacuation routes, he said.

Since 1998, the East Bridgewater Police Department has scanned into its computer system photos of more than 700 individuals involved in crimes in town.

"With the upgrade, all cruisers will be able to get the digital photos," Jenkins said.

They will also be able to scan the image of a missing child and send the digital image to an officer's laptop in a cruiser.

The Fire Department is also interested in the GIS program.

"I am following the progress of the new system with hopes after the system is developed it could be useful to the Fire Department," said Deputy Chief Robert D. Fairburn.

The system would enable the Fire Department to gather and store information in advance of an incident and be better prepared, he said.

"We could show hydrant locations, water supply layout and access routes to incidents," Fairburn said. "It would also show where flammables, combustibles, explosives or other hazardous materials are stored."

Some applications would even help firefighters plot current weather conditions and predict the movement of smoke or hazardous gases, he said.

"It's all part of living in the technological age with new advances," Fairburn said. "We have to look at them and see which ones we can apply to local services."

In Westwood, officers have used mapping software in cruisers for several years.

"It has cut down on our response time," said Hoban of the Westwood Police Department. "It has allowed us to show up at the right house, even though it doesn't have numbers on it. If it's a 911 hang-up or a medical call, it's very useful indeed."

The department has also used it to visually track traffic accidents.

"By looking at where traffic accidents are happening, we can move our traffic enforcement," Hoban said. "When you map them, you get different hot spots than you'd imagine."

The department recently found a high number of accidents occurring in the parking lots of two major supermarkets and discussed ways to correct the problems with the companies.

"Accidents went way down," Hoban said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bridgewater doughnut-shop stop a costly mistake

By David Connolly, Enterprise staff writer

BRIDGEWATER — Workers at the Campus Plaza Dunkin' Donuts thought a man who came in the shop Tuesday morning was a little weird, since he did not order anything.

Instead the man, in a gray sweatshirt and pants and lugging a white trash bag, took a seat by the window and watched police descend on the nearby Rockland Trust, which had been robbed minutes earlier at 9:31 a.m.

"If he had ordered anything, he wouldn't have been so suspicious," said store manager Terri Frias.

When word of the bank robbery reached the doughnut shop, workers became suspicious as they viewed the scruffy man's sweaty brow, visible nervousness and white trash bag, she said.

Suddenly, he demanded the bathroom key, saying he "desperately had to go." But then he quickly walked out of the store, past the post office and up Broad Street toward town, said Frias.

A few moments later off-duty Bridgewater Detective Joseph DeMoura came in, and the doughnut shop workers alerted him to the robbery and pointed in the direction the man was running.

Within minutes, police apprehended the man, 44-year-old James R. Morse, outside 78 Broad St., a multi-unit apartment building next to Friendly's. He had cash and a bank deposit bag in his possession, police said.

Morse, who police said is a homeless Bridgewater man, was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery. He was held overnight and is expected to be arraigned on the charge today in district court.

"Everyone did a great job. It was a team effort," said DeMoura.

Following the report of the robbery, police immediately set up a perimeter around the shopping plaza, which includes several stores and has exits onto both Broad Street (Route 18) and Spring Street, which leads to Route 104.

Bridgewater State College police joined the effort, as at least seven marked cruisers responded to the scene, said Bridgewater Police Sgt. Chris Delmonte, the department spokesman.

The suspect, wearing a black jacket, gray sweat pants, a red hat and sunglasses when he left the bank, walked past Subway and behind the shopping plaza. Police say he entered Roche Brothers Supermarket through the loading dock, pulled off his hat, jacket and glasses, and then walked out the front of the store.

In Dunkin' Donuts, the man took a window seat and watched the police action, store workers said.

"He was here a good 10 minutes," said Frias.

About three or four members of the self-named "Campus Plaza Dunkin' Donuts Morons Club," a group of older men who meet at the shop for coffee most mornings, and the store employees started talking about the robbery, making the man visibly nervous, workers said.

Frias even called over to the bank and asked what the suspect was wearing. "Gray sweats? Yup, that was him," she said.

Then DeMoura, another regular customer, walked in and an employee said to him, "The guy you're looking for went that way."

The off-duty DeMoura replied, "What guy are we looking for?" said Dunkin' Donuts worker Carolyn Lindsay.

DeMoura then followed the man over the railroad tracks toward Friendly's, ducking into Friendly's as the suspect went into the apartment building.

"He just kept looking outside to see what was going on," Delmonte said of the suspect, who was unaware DeMoura was watching from Friendly's while relaying the information to fellow officers.

DeMoura watched the suspect stuff a dark duffel bag into a white trash bag while in the hallway of the apartment complex before walking outside.

Police nabbed him outside the apartment building with "a wad of cash" in his pocket and Rockland Trust night deposit bags in his duffel, said Delmonte.

Also, police recovered the glasses, red hat and black jacket in the trash bin behind the apartment building.

In addition to DeMoura, Patrolmen Dennis McLean, Ted Querzoli and Stephen McGinn were involved in the arrest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BRIDGEWATERS

Tri-town task force successful in busting large drug supplies

By Sandy Coleman, Globe Staff, 11/24/2002

Val Bettencourt should have known better than to meet customers behind a Bridgewater doughnut shop to allegedly sell half-ounce hits of cocaine. Not that the shop was known as a cop hangout; but in this case, police said he helped make it one.

The Taunton man later learned that detectives from three police departments were watching him, having combined forces in a bid to shut him down. The officers arrested Bettencourt, 28, on Nov. 6 and allege that they eventually seized 60 grams of cocaine, worth thousands of dollars on the street.

The two-month investigation leading to the bust of one of the region's biggest suspected drug suppliers was the work of detectives from West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and Bridgewater. In an arrangement that breaks down territorial boundaries to get a bigger bang out of police dollars and make more arrests, the three departments have been combining their efforts since 1999 on cases that affect all three towns.

''You have to break down the jurisdictional barriers which sometimes hinder a case,'' said West Bridgewater Police Lieutenant Detective Raymund Rogers. ''The drug dealers don't stay within the town line.''

The task force's mission is to identify, target, arrest, and prosecute medium to high level drug distributors as well as prostitutes, robbers, and other serious felons. The departments share information and resources, including equipment, training and analytical services. Currently, 100 Massachusetts cities and towns are represented on various multi-jurisdictional task forces.

Called the W.E.B. Task Force, the local tri-town investigative unit is funded through a grant from the state Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Divisions. Each town gets $10,000 a year from the program and must match the funds with $10,000 in town money. The police chiefs in each town sign an agreement that gives the detectives jurisdiction in each other's towns. (South of Boston, 20 towns participate in the grant program, including Abington, Sharon, Westwood, and Whitman.)

It is not a huge amount of money but it goes a long way, said Rogers, who heads the task force. His department has two detectives, East Bridgewater has three, and Bridgewater has two. But, usually, a big case requires the work of more than two detectives, he said.

''We just realized that it was impossible for one lone investigator in one town to conduct investigations,'' said Rogers. Until the joint unit, detectives had to worry about jurisdiction as well as union issues in trying to help each other. ''For small town's, it's a great manpower thing.''

East Bridgewater Police Chief John Silva agrees. ''It gives us the resources of the three communities ... Their information is priceless. They have more contacts and informants.'' Besides, said Silva, having more detectives gives the department greater access to criminals. For example, not everyone can do undercover drug investigations, he said. ''I'm 59 years old. Am I going to buy dope off a drug dealer?''

Six investigators work on the task force an average of 40 to 50 hours per week, handling about seven cases per quarter. The result of their work is impressive. In the case of Bettencourt, a man who police say has 32 items on his criminal record, including prior drug charges, is now off the streets. Rogers said Bettencourt is being held on $10,000 cash bail, with a court date set for Dec. 2.

During the first two years of the task force, investigators made 126 arrests, 62 of which were drug related. Of the 62 drug arrests, 32 were distribution related. More than $21,000 in cash has been seized from the arrests and funneled back into the police departments. Also during the past two years, police seized more than 160 grams of cocaine, 320 ounces of marijuana, 300 tablets of Ecstasy, 480 bags of heroin, and 50 tablets of prescription medication.

Also, the task force has developed strong relationships with other investigators, including the state police, Brockton Police Narcotics Unit, the South Shore Drug Task Force as well as federal law enforcement agencies, particularly the Drug Enforcement Administration, US Customs, and the US Secret Service.

Last year, the task force helped break a case in which a dealer was selling Ecstasy in West Bridgewater. A warrant issued in the case led to the search of the dealer's Brockton apartment, where more Ecstasy worth thousands of dollars was found. ''We did that case working with the DEA,'' said Rogers.

Bridgewater Police Lieutenant Mike Bois said that case might not have gone so well had all the departments and the DEA not collaborated because the drugs were being sold in the Bridgewaters but originated from Brockton. ''It's working together and having the right people work in the W.E.B. Task Force,'' that makes catching criminals easier, said Bois. ''We have some great detectives.''

This story ran on page 1 of the Globe South section on 11/24/2002.
© Copyright 2002 Globe Newspaper Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

W.E.B. TASK FORCE ARRESTS TAUNTON MAN

November 7, 2002

    BRIDGEWATER MA- THE WEST BRIDGEWATER, EAST BRIDGEWATER, BRIDGEWATER (W.E.B.) TASK FORCE ARRESTED A TAUNTON MAN WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR DISTRIBUTION OF COCAINE.  DETECTIVE JOSEPH DEMOURA OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE HAD RECEIVED A REPORT OF A MAN SELLING DRUGS IN THE BRIDGEWATER AREA.  IT APPEARED FROM THE TWO-MONTH INVESTIGATION THAT CUSTOMERS FOR DRUGS WOULD MEET THE SUSPECT IN THIS AREA AND THE DRUG SALES WOULD TAKE PLACE.  WEB OFFICERS, WORKING WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIMOTHY CRUZ OFFICE, CONDUCTED SURVEILLANCE IN THE AREA. WEDNESDAY THE SUSPECT WAS OBSERVED SELLING ½ OUNCE OF COCAINE AT THE REAR OF THE HONEY DEW DO-NUT SHOP ON ROUTE 104.  THIS AREA HAD BEEN UNDER SURVEILLANCE BY DETECTIVE LT. RAYMUND ROGERS AND DET. SGT. VICTOR FLAHERTY OF THE WEST BRIDGEWATER POLICE.  

    AFTER THE TRANSACTION, OFFICERS FROM THE W.E.B TASK FORCE MOVED IN AND ARRESTED VAL BETTENCOURT, AGE 28, OF 21 LAWRENCE STREET TAUNTON.  THE ARREST WAS MADE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SGT. CHRISTOPHER DELMONTE AND HIS K-9 “GORBIE”, AND SGT. ROBERT LINCOLN OF THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE. MR. BETTENCOURT WAS RETURNED TO THE BRIDGEWATER POLICE STATION FOR BOOKING.  

    ASSISTED BY OFFICERS FROM THE STATE POLICE NARCOTIC SQUAD UNDER THE COMMAND OF DET. LT. STEPHEN O’REILLY, A SEARCH WARRANT WAS THEN EXECUTED ON BROOK STREET IN NEW BEDFORD.  DURING THE SEARCH 60 GRAMS OF COCAINE WAS SEIZED ALONG WITH SEVERAL THOUSANDS IN US CURRENCY.  ASSISTING IN THE SEARCH OF THE APARTMENT WAS DETECTIVE SCOTT ALLEN OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE, SGT. V. FLAHERTY, AND TROOPER MICHAEL BATES. ARRESTED IN NEW BEDFORD WERE JESSICA CROWLEY, AGE 23 AND TINA REYNOLDS AGE 19.  BOTH FEMALES WERE TAKEN TO THE DARTMOUTH BARRACKS OF THE STATE POLICE FOR PROCESSING.  ADDITIONAL CHARGES WERE FILED AGAINST MS. REYNOLDS AS SHE WAS ALLEGEDLY IN THE VEHICLE DURING MULTIPLE COCAINE SALES OBSERVED BY WEB TASK FORCE MEMBERS IN THE BRIDGEWATER AREA.  

    MR. BETTENCOURT WAS CHARGED WITH (1) TRAFFICKING IN MORE THAN 14 GRAMS OF COCAINE – 2 COUNTS (2) DISTRIBUTE A CLASS “B” SUBSTANCE, (3) CONSPIRE TO VIOLATE THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT.  MS. REYNOLDS WILL BE CHARGED ON A SUMMONS WITH (1) DISTRIBUTE COCAINE AND (2) CONSPIRE TO VIOLATE THE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ACT.  MR. BETTENCOURT WAS ORDERED HELD WITHOUT BAIL PENDING HIS APPEARANCE IN BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT THURSDAY MORNING.  ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORTS MR. BETTENCOURT HAS 32 ITEMS ON HIS CRIMINAL RECORD INCLUDING PRIOR DRUG CHARGES. 

 

 

 

 

Man who was held by East Bridgewater police Tuesday is arrested again when he tries to retrieve his belongings

By Jean Porrazzo, Enterprise staff writer

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Police didn't have to look too hard for a drug-dealing suspect wanted by several police departments — he walked right into the East Bridgewater police station.

The suspect had been arrested by officers of the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater task force Tuesday night following a two-month drug dealing investigation.

After being held overnight at the East Bridgewater police station, Samuel Caraballo was arraigned in Brockton District Court Wednesday morning and posted a $1,000 bail before authorities realized he was wanted on a string of other charges using aliases.

Deputy Jeffrey Merritt of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department reviewed Caraballo's fingerprints Wednesday morning and realized there was a problem. Running the prints through the Automated Fingerprint Identification system, he learned that Caraballo had used several other names and there were a number of felony warrants outstanding for his arrest.

Merritt alerted East Bridgewater police and when Caraballo returned to the station in the afternoon to pick up his personal belongings, he was arrested by Detective Scott Allen.

East Bridgewater police officer Carol Ferreira was at the courthouse and overheard Caraballo asking about getting his personal property back and told East Bridgewater police that Caraballo might show up at the station, Allen said.

"About 4:10 in the afternoon, the dispatcher notified Detective John Silva and I that Mr. Caraballo was there to get his property," Allen said.

The suspect, whose true identity is sill not clear, was held without bail and arraigned in Brockton District Court Thursday on the new charge of giving a false name to a police officer .

"We are fortunate that Deputy Merritt was able to discover the other alias names when he compared the prints in the morning," Rogers said. "He did a great job."

The subject is wanted by Worcester police under the name of Miguel Vega for warrants charging him with assault and battery on a police officer, possession of Class B drug, possession of Class D drugs, resisting arrest, breaking and entering in the night time, carrying a handgun not licensed and destruction of person property.

Under the name Carlos Ivan Rodriguez, he is wanted by the Fitchburg and Sturbridge police on warrants for distribution of a Class B drug, cocaine, and drug violation in a school zone. Using the name John Romero, he is wanted by Boston police on warrants for receiving a stolen motor vehicle and possession of Class B drug, cocaine.

"On a daily basis we are finding people giving aliases and wrong names," said Mike Seele, spokesperson for the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department.

"This system can immediately track down if a person is giving the correct name. The system will also turn up whether there are active warrants on the individuals as well."

The prints are taken 24 hours a day and processed during regular business hours.

"Without this system, we'd have to go through thousands and thousands of fingerprint cards," he said. "It would be impractical to do. With the (AFS) system, it's a matter of a few seconds."

 

 

 

 

TASK FORCE ARREST 3 FOR DRUG SALES

EAST BRIDGEWATER MA – OFFICERS FROM THE WEST BRIDGEWATER, EAST BRIDGEWATER, BRIDGEWATER MAJOR CRIME TASK FORCE ARRESTED TWO MEN AND A JUVENILE MALE TUESDAY NIGHT FOR SALE OF COCAINE TO UNDERCOVER OFFICERS.  ACCORDING TO DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT RAYMUND ROGERS, WHO COMMANDS THE UNIT, WEB OFFICERS HAVE BEEN WATCHING VARIOUS SUSPECTS AS THEY SOLD COCAINE AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS IN EAST BRIDGEWATER.  UTILIZING ONE OF THE WEB OFFICERS IN AN UNDERCOVER CAPACITY SIX HAND TO HAND SALES OF COCAINE WERE MADE TO THE OFFICER BY THE SUSPECTS. 

AS A RESULT OF THE DRUG SALES, DETECTIVE SCOTT ALLEN OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE OBTAINED THREE SEARCH WARRANTS FROM THE BROCKTON DISTRICT COURT.  THE COURT HAD ORDERED THE SEIZURE OF THE THREE VEHICLES THAT HAD BEEN USED BY THE DEFENDANTS TO DELIVER THE DRUGS IN EAST BRIDGEWATER. “ WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STATE TROOPERS ASSIGNED BY PLYMOUTH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TIMOTHY CRUZ, AND OFFICERS FROM THE BROCKTON POLICE NARCOTIC SQUAD, SURVEILLANCE WAS CONDUCTED OF THE SUSPECTS AND VALUABLE INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED”, SAID LT. ROGERS.

AT 5:30 PM TUESDAY NIGHT WEB OFFICERS WERE IN THE AREA OF THATCHER STREET IN EAST BRIDGEWATER TO MONITOR A PLANNED DRUG SALE.  ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT, A 13 YEAR OLD PASSENGER IN THE CAR THAT ARRIVED SOLD $90.00 WORTH OF CRACK COCAINE TO THE UNDERCOVER OFFICER.  AS WEB OFFICERS MOVED IN TO MAKE THE ARREST THE DRIVER OF THE CAR, LATER IDENTIFIED AS JOSE OCASIO CINTROO, AGE 22, OF 49 BATTLES STREET BROCKTON, TOOK OFF AND CRASHED INTO AN UNMARKED POLICE UNIT OPERATED BY DETECTIVE ALLEN.  IN HIS ATTEMPT TO ELUDE POLICE, CINTROO THEN STRUCK A VAN OPERATED BY DETECTIVE SGT. VICTOR FLAHERTY OF WEST BRIDGEWATER.  CINTROO WAS STOPPED BY OFFICER KEVIN SULLIVAN AND JOHN SILVA JR., OF THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE.  BOTH SUSPECTS WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT GUNPOINT ON THATCHER STREET AND MONEY AND A SMALL QUANTITY OF CRACK COCAINE WAS RECOVERED.

AFTER THE ARREST, WEB OFFICERS EXECUTED THE OTHER TWO SEARCH WARRANTS IN THE CITY OF BROCKTON.  ONE OF THE VEHICLES WAS LOCATED ON ENTERPRISE STREET IN BROCKTON AND WAS TOWED BACK TO THE EAST BRIDGEWATER POLICE DEPARTMENT.  THE SECOND VEHICLE WAS SPOTTED BY LT. MICHAEL BOIS AND OFFICER JOSEPH DEMOREU ON NORTH MONTELLO STREET IN BROCKTON.  THE OFFICERS FOLLOWED THE VEHICLE UNTIL ASSISTANCE WAS PROVIDED BY OFFICERS OF THE STATE POLICE GANG UNIT ASSIGNED TO THE BROCKTON AREA.  THE THIRD SUSPECT, SAMUEL CARABALLO, AGE 25, OF 14 ENTERPRISE ST., BROCKTON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON ROUTE 93 IN MILTON.  THAT VEHICLE WAS SEIZED AND ALSO RETURNED  TO THE EAST BRIDGEWATER STATION

CARABALLO WAS CHARGED WITH (1) DISTRIBUTION OF A CLASS “B” DUG COCAINE, AND (2) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE DRUG LAWS.  ACCORDING TO POLICE, CARABALLO ATTEMPTED TO USE THE NAME OF A MAN WHO WAS IN CUSTODY IN SAN JUAN DOING TIME FOR ARMED ROBBERY WHEN HE WAS BOOKED.

   JOSE CINTROO WAS CHARGED WITH (1) ASSAULT AND BATTERY WITH A DANGEROUS WEAPON, AN AUTOMOBILE, (2) RECKLESS OPERATION, (3) 7 COUNTS OF DISTRIBUTION OF A CLASS “B” DRUG, COCAINE, AND (4) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE DRUG LAWS.  THE 13 YEAR OLD MALE, WHO LISTED AN ADDRESS OF FALL RIVER, WAS CHARGED WITH (1) DISTRIBUTION OF A CLASS “B” SUBSTANCE COCAINE AND (2) CONSPIRACY TO VIOLATE THE DRUG LAWS. 

 

 

 

 

 

TASK FORCE ARRESTS 2 FOR COCAINE DISTRIBUTION

    Officers from the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and Bridgewater Drug Task Force (W.E.B.) arrested two individuals Monday night charging them with distribution of cocaine.  Brian Crocker, age 19 of #55 Vine Street, Middleboro and Pamela Moereels, age 19 of #4 Fifth Ave, Lakeville were taken into custody at the Middleboro traffic rotary after they allegedly sold cocaine to an undercover W.E.B. investigator.  According to the police report, W.E.B. detectives had been watching the pair for over 3 months as they delivered cocaine to various locations in the three Bridgewaters.

    Detectives had monitored the activities of the pair and made observations of suspected drug deals from the vehicle owned by Moereels.  Utilizing a cellular phone and voice mail a customer would call and request a delivery of drugs, said Detective Lieutenant Raymund Rogers.  Utilizing an undercover police officer arrangements were made for the sale of cocaine from the pair to the officer.  Several purchases of cocaine were made over the last month which resulted in the arrested Monday evening.  Mr. Crocker was selling powdered cocaine and had offered to sell his own prescription medicine “Vicodan” prescribed for pain.  Mr. Crocker had two broken wrists and both hands are in casts.

    After the last transaction had taken place a the Middelboro rotary, officers moved in to effect the arrest.  Both subjects were charged with Distribution of a Class B substance, cocaine, and Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.  Police also seized a 1998 Eagle Talon owned by Moereels that was used to transport the drugs for sale.  Under state law, law enforcement officers can seize vehicles used to transport drugs and ask the court to forfeit them to the Commonwealth.  An application for forfeiture will be filed with District Attorney Timothy Cruz.  Participating in the arrest in Middleboro was Det. Lt. Rogers, Det. Sgt. Victory Flaherty of West Bridgewater, Det. Scott Allen and Det. John Silva of East Bridgewater, Det. Joseph Demoura of Bridgewater and Det. David Shanks of Middleboro Police.

 

 

 

Department of Justice Releases Drug Proceeds Back to Task Force

July 29, 2002

The West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, and Bridgewater Police Departments each recently received from the Department of Justice, approximately $13,000.00 in drug proceeds.  The $13,000.00 shares represents a portion of monies that had been accrued by a Brockton man arrested in December of 2001 for ecstasy sales to an undercover officer of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force.  

The W.E.B. and special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration had initiated an ecstasy investigation of Fernando Ribeiro, 30, of 60 Reservoir Street, Brockton, MA during the fall of 2001 .  When W.E.B. investigators and D.E.A. agents raided Mr Ribeiro's apartment in Brockton in December, they seized approximately 6,000 tablets of Ecstasy valued at around $150,000, 7 grams of crack cocaine, 200 grams of cocaine and 140 grams of heroin, as well as approximately $67,000.00 cash.  Mr. Ribeiro has since been indicted in U.S. Federal Court in Boston on various drug distribution offenses.

The member departments of the W.E.B. Task Force each recently received a share of the seized drug proceeds through federal drug forfeiture proceedings.  These monies can now be used by the three towns in initiating and completing future drug investigations.

 

 

 

 

Undercover Cocaine Purchase Leads to Arrest

July 9, 2002

WEST BRIDGEWATER- After a month long investigation, members of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force arrested a Brockton man after an undercover task force officer made a cocaine purchase from the suspect.  Faustino C. Depina, 28, of 26 Third Street, Brockton, MA was arrested by plain clothes officers on Plain Street on Tuesday night.  Undercover task force officer, Detective John Silva of the East Bridgewater Police Department, had made arrangements with Mr. Depina to purchase a quantity of cocaine in West Bridgewater from Mr. Depina.  

Detective Silva was observed by surveillance officers meeting with and purchasing cocaine from Mr Depina in the area of Plain Street.  After making the cocaine purchase from Mr. Depina, task force officers converged on Mr. Depina's vehicle.  Mr. Depina was arrested without incident.  Task Force officers were pursuing the possibility of seizing the vehicle Mr. Depina was driving at the time of his arrest, as a direct result of its use by Mr. Depina in facilitating the sale of cocaine to Detective Silva.  The investigation remains open and more arrests could be made in the near future.

 

 

 

 

Brockton man arrested on sex offender warrant

By Elaine Allegrini, Enterprise staff writer

July 1, 2002

WEST BRIDGEWATER — A Brockton man, wanted in Los Angeles where he was listed as a sexual predator, was arrested Saturday working at a gas station at routes 24 and 106 in West Bridgewater.

William R. Drost, 33, 21 Goddard Road, Brockton, failed to register as a sexual offender in Los Angeles, according to West Bridgewater police, who said Drost has been convicted in Virginia of attempted rape, sodomy and home invasion.

He was taken into custody shortly after 5 p.m. at the West Bridgewater Shell station by West Bridgewater Detective Lt. Raymund Rogers and Bridgewater Detective Christopher Shaw.  Lt. Rogers is the Senior Officer in charge of the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force.  The station had to be closed until a replacement responded, police said.

Drost had been working at the station for more than two years, according to police, who said he was using his own name.

A warrant was issued June 20 in Los Angeles County, charging Drost with failure to register as a sex offender, police said. California authorities were contacted and plan to extradite Drost, who is being held on $10,000 cash bail pending arraignment on a fugitive from justice charge in Brockton District Court today.

 

 

 

 

April 17, 2002

East Bridgewater teen in sex case ordered held without bail

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

BROCKTON — As his mother sobbed, an East Bridgewater High School senior accused of rape and possessing child pornography was ordered held without bail Tuesday.

The decision by District Court Judge Paul Dawley to hold Christopher Cahill, who turned 18 last December, in jail followed a two-day dangerousness hearing in Brockton District Court featuring five witnesses, including two of his high school friends. Such a hearing assesses the danger a defendant presents to the community.

Cahill was arrested last week on charges of statutory rape, aggravated rape, dissemination of obscene matter, distribution of images of a child in a sex act or nudity and posing a child in the nude. He also faces four counts of assault and battery. He has been held at the Plymouth County jail without bail.

The arrest followed an investigation by East Bridgewater police into a report that a high school student was sexually assaulted.

Police, armed with search warrants last month, seized computers from Cahill's home. A computer forensic analyst testified 60 images depicting children, aged 3 to 13, either nude or partially nude were recovered from the computers so far. Police also seized about 30 pieces of women's undergarments and other items.

Joshua Werner, Cahill's attorney, urged Dawley to release his client on bail, saying the teen-ager posed no threat to the community and has not contacted any of the witnesses in the case since learning about the investigation last month.

Werner said the rape allegations involve a former girlfriend and a relationship that ended last summer. He said the ex-girlfriend did not approach authorities until earlier this year and there has been no evidence that Cahill either threatened or coerced the young woman. He noted that the two have been attending the same school together until recently.

Werner said there is no evidence Cahill photographed any children in the nude, and it appears the images recovered from the computers were downloaded from the Internet. One photograph recovered by authorities depicting a 13-year-old girl topless had been taken several years ago by another youth who gave the Polaroid to Cahill, Werner said. The girl in the photo, who is now 18, told police her boyfriend at the time — who was not Cahill — had taken the photograph.

Assistant District Attorney Suzanne Sullivan argued that the charges include aggravated rape and earlier violent acts.

She said Cahill posed a danger to the East Bridgewater community and women in particular, noting the teen-ager is accused of aggravated rape involving his now ex-girlfriend.

Police testified that the ex-girlfriend told them that the couple had engaged in consensual sex but that Cahill had become increasingly violent and controlling during the relationship.

Officers testified that the girl, who was not identified in court, told them on one occasion the couple went to Cahill's home, he locked the door, threw her on the ground and raped her. She also said he once secretly videotaped them having sex, police testified.

In another case, another teen-aged girl told police she was at a sleep-over party with Cahill, fell asleep on a couch and woke to find him having sex with her, police testified during the two-day hearing. Cahill is not charged in that case.

Police testified Friday and Tuesday that some of the 60 images of nude or partially nude children depicted sex acts, police testified.

East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen testified Tuesday that one teen-ager also alleged that Cahill sent her nude photos of another teen-ager via America Online.

Two high school girls testified Tuesday that Cahill was not violent and the ex-girlfriend did not appear to be fearful of him.

"He has never shown any violence to me or anyone I know," Christine Brooks, a fellow student, testified.

She testified that Cahill and his ex-girlfriend seemed friendly after the breakup last summer, but the former girlfriend seemed angry that he had a new girlfriend.

Brooks said Cahill told her that the two had broken up "because she cheated on him several times with several other people."

Brooks said she was not close with the ex-girlfriend.

"She has a bad reputation and I don't like to associate with people like her," Brooks testified.

Another student, a 16-year-old girl who also worked with Cahill, said as late as December 2001 the ex-girlfriend was talking in study hall about places she had sex and about having sex with Cahill. She said the girl did not appear upset.

Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com

 

 

 

April 12, 2002

Pornographic images found in teen suspect's home

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

BROCKTON — More than 60 pornographic images depicting children were found on computers and floppy discs after police raided the home of an East Bridgewater High School senior accused of rape and child porn charges.

Thor Lundberg, a Raynham police officer and computer crime analyst, testified Friday he found the images while examining three computers and more than 200 floppy discs as part of an investigation by East Bridgewater police into rape allegations.

Lundberg was one of two officers testifying Friday at hearing to determine whether Christopher G. Cahill, an 18-year-old East Bridgewater student, is too dangerous to be freed on bail. The hearing is set to continue on Tuesday.

Cahill was arrested earlier this week on 20 counts of statutory rape, aggravated rape, dissemination of obscene matter, distribution of images of a child in a sex act or nudity and posing a child in the nude and four counts of assault and battery. He has been held on bail since.

Cahill was suspended from school last month for violating the school code of conduct in connection with the case.

The arrest followed an investigation into allegations that a high school student had been sexually assaulted.

After the hearing Friday, a shaken Cahill was comforted by his parents before being led from the courtroom.

Police seized the computers from Cahill's home last month and Lundberg, who is part of a regional computer crime task force, is examining the information they contain for evidence.

The images recovered so far from the computers and discs depicted boys and girls, aged 3 to 13, either nude or partially clothed, he testified Friday before Judge Paul Dawley.

Some of the images depicted children performing sex acts, he said. The analysis of the information on the computers has not been completed, Lundberg said.

East Bridgewater officer John R. Grillo, the town's school resource officer, testified two other photographs were found when police, armed with search warrants, seized computers last month at the Cahill home. Those two photographs depicted girls between 10 and 11 years of age, he said.

Police also seized about 30 pieces of women's undergarments and other items at the time, he said.

The investigation was launched after he was approached by a female student who said she had dated Cahill in 2000 and 2001 and had been sexually assaulted by him.

Grillo said the girl, who was not identified in court, told him she had consensual sex with Cahill initially but he then became increasingly violent and, at one point, raped her.

The girl said at one point Cahill secretly videotaped the two having sex, Grillo testified.

A second girl interviewed by authorities said she was also sexually molested by Cahill at a sleep-over party at a friend's home last year, Grillo said.

But defense attorney Joshua Werner said there was no evidence his client took any pornographic photographs of children and the images found on computers can be accidentally downloaded through the Internet on occasion.

He said the girl Cahill had dated waited months before approaching authorities with the rape allegations and attended the same school with him without fear.

"Where is he a danger?" Werner said. "He's a scared kid who has found himself in the middle of something no child should go through."

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said the case is about criminal acts against children.

"We take crimes against children very seriously and this is what we are doing," Cruz said.

Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com

 

 

 

 

Working together to catch bad guys

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

March 17, 2002

From a distance, East Bridgewater Det. Scott Allen waited for nearly two hours until the suspected cocaine dealer pulled up next to the undercover officer parked in a lot off Route 18.

"He was very cautious," Allen said of the suspect. "He was looking around."

Within seconds, cocaine and cash would trade hands and the suspect would drive off into the night.

It was the first of what would be four cocaine sales to Bridgewater officer Joe DeMoura, posing as a drug customer, and the latest case coordinated by the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater drug task force.

"Sharing information and working together just facilitates the process," Bridgewater police Lt. Michael Bois said. "You can get more done."

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people, law enforcement agencies throughout the region and country are now discovering what those working on drug task forces learned years back - cooperation is key in catching criminals.

From coordinating equipment to swapping expertise, public safety officials are working to find ways to solve crimes, pinpoint trouble early and respond to problems faster by working together.

For example, statewide, public safety workers are developing specialized task forces to deal with terrorism.

In Raynham, police developed a regional computer crime task force - a group that is increasing in number in recent months.

In Bristol County, a special command center partially funded with federal money to use in disasters is now seen as a key tool in a county-wide homeland security plan.

And throughout the region, public safety officials in communities large and small are turning to their neighbors to see how they can help one another.

"The bottom line is that we have to learn how to share our resources," said Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson. "We have to blur those well-defined boundaries to get things done."

And budget cuts - coupled with more federal cash available to agencies that form bonds - may now be encouraging those efforts further.

"The state budget can be very tight," said Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz. "We have to try to use whatever means we can to pay for what we need to do. If the federal government has funds that we can take advantage of, we should."

Abington Police Chief Richard Franey said the federal government is looking at how local communities work together - and appears to be more willing to approval grant money when they do.

"If you have several departments working together, they are more apt to give you money to achieve your goals. With everyone watching their dollars now, it is even more important to do this," Franey said.

Raynham Deputy Police Chief Louis J. Pacheco, who heads a computer task force and lead the Bristol County Drug Task force in the 1980s, said local police departments are quickly learning they can't do everything alone.

"The only answer on a short term is to share expertise, resources and manpower," he said.

Pacheco said public safety officials across the country realize another terrorist attack may be looming and steps must be taken now to prevent it.

Those preventative steps could be as simple as catching someone using a phony identification or using stolen credit card numbers to fund terrorism, Pacheco said.

"That's how these guys life: by phony IDs," he said. "It will likely be the local departments that spot it."

Middleboro Police Chief Gary J. Russell said he expects the number of task forces to rise - particularly those aimed at fighting terrorism.

"It gives the local departments someplace to turn," he said.

Task forces, particularly those targeting drug sales, have been existence for years both locally and nationally

About two-thirds of police and sheriff's departments nationally are part of drug task forces, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports. The number of officers assigned fulltime ranged from 27 in departments in communities with more than a million residents to just two in communities boasting fewer than 50,000 people, BJS reports.

While the groups are popular, federal grant money for the efforts have fluctuated as different policing programs have been launched.

For example, in the early 1990s more money was available for community policing programs and drug task force funds began to dry up.

But the groundwork laid by drug task forces continues, and today more communities are forging ties.

For example, Middleboro, Carver and Lakeville formed a tri-town drug task force about a year ago and have investigated a number of cases.

"The most important thing is the networking of information," Lakeville Police Chief Mark Sorel said.

Bois said smaller communities are also faced with a rise in drug dealers trying to get a foothold in towns.

"Populations move and you are seeing more sales being made in the smaller communities," Bois said.

Banding together gives departments more investigators to work with - and fresh faces to make undercover drug purchases.

"We have pooled our resources together, Instead of having a case that stops at the East Bridgewater line, we can take that extra step," Allen said.

Often that extra step means using a police officer from another community to pose as a drug customer.

"When my guys are out doing a surveillance, everyone knows who they are," Franey said. "I can draw on other resources with the South Shore Drug Task force."

In Bridgewater, working with a task force gave detectives extra manpower during the investigation - and extra eyes when a suspect sold drugs to an undercover officer during a probe of a cocaine delivery service recently.

DeMoura posed as a drug customer, met the dealer in a parking lot in Bridgewater and bought cocaine four times as investigators from three communities watched nearby.

Last weekend, as DeMoura bought $450 worth of cocaine, detectives moved in and arrested the suspect - a New Bedford man - on drug charges.

Allen said the suspect had been cautious in his dealings with the undercover officer - but still sold the drugs.

"The suspect told us in booking, 'I knew he was a cop.' But he still sold to him." Allen said. "He couldn't have known it that well."

 

 

 

W.E.B TASK FORCE ARRESTS TWO FOR COCAINE TRAFFICKING

By Maureen Boyle and Jean Porrazzo, Enterprise staff writers

March 12, 2002

BRIDGEWATER -- After a two-month cocaine dealing probe, detectives from three communities arrested a drug dealing suspect as he tried to sell an undercover officer cocaine outside an ice skating rink Monday.

"It was the final purchase to be made and we were just waiting there for him to arrive," West Bridgewater Lt. Raymund Rogers said.

Joel Cruz, 20, of 51 Monroe Drive, New Bedford, was charged with cocaine trafficking over 14 grams, three counts of cocaine distribution, conspiracy to violate the drug laws, operating after license suspension and outstanding warrants from Taunton district court on drug charges.

A second person who police say was involved in the drug sales is being sought.

A passenger in Cruz' car Monday, James D. Dunne, 24, of 122 Winthrop St., Taunton, was charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

The arrests were made after Bridgewater officer Joe DeMoura, posing as a drug customer, bought cocaine three times in the past month.

Rogers said investigators learned the suspects were dealing drugs in West Bridgewater, Bridgewater and East Bridgewater and arranged to set up the series of purchases through the undercover officer.

"There had been some reports that he had been operating a cocaine delivery service in the three Bridgewaters and we wanted to put a stop to it," he said.

East Bridgewater Police Chief John L. Silva Jr. said the case highlights the need for cooperation between communities in fighting drugs.

"This is a perfect example of why you need a task force," Silva said. "This is the third year we've been part of the task force and it has definitely made an impact. One town doesn't have the resources or the man power."

As the investigation progressed, DeMoura met the suspects near the Bridgewater ice skating rink near Route 18 and bought cocaine, Rogers said.

When police moved in shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, investigators found the $450 worth of cocaine the suspect was to sell the undercover officer and more drugs hidden in a shoe.

"He had additional cocaine in his shoes, where the arch is. It was a different kind of arch support," Rogers said.

Those involved in the investigation included DeMoura, Rogers, West Bridgewater Sgt. Victor Flaherty, Bridgewater Sgt. Chris Delmonte, East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen and East Bridgewater Detective John Silva III.

    

 

 

 

Brockton Enterprise, February 21, 2002

CITY MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES

Boston- A Brockton man accused of selling Ecstasy to an undercover cop and possession of cocaine, cocaine base, and heroin, was charged in federal court Wednesday, the office of U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan announced

Fernando Ribeiro, 30 of 60 Reservoir St, Brockton, was charged in an indictment with four counts of distribution and possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy and one count each of possession with intent to distribute Ecstasy, cocaine, cocaine base and heroin.

Federal prosecutors say Ribeiro sold Ecstasy to an undercover detective of the East Bridgewater Police Department in November and December on four occasions, meeting with the officer in the parking lot of a West Bridgewater restaurant and selling him 100 tablets of Ecstasy. 

When police raided Ribeiro's apartment, they recovered cocaine, cocaine base, heroin and about 6,000 tablets of Ecstasy.

If convicted on these charges, Ribeiro faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years to life imprisonment and at least eight years of supervised release and a $4 million fine.

He is being held in federal custody without bail pending trial.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the West Bridgewater-East Bridgewater-Bridgewater Major Crimes and Drug Task Force investigated this case.  It is being prosecuted by the Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Jefferson Casper in Sullivan's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit. 

 

 

 

    

WEB TASK FORCE ARRESTS 5 FOR HEROIN SALES

November 19, 2001     

The Bridgewaters, MA  - A two month investigation by detectives from the W.E.B. (West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater) Major Crime Task Force resulted in the arrest of 4 Brockton men Monday afternoon.  According to Det. Lt. Raymund Rogers the man had been selling heroin on North Main Street West Bridgewater to Detective Scott Allen who was working in an under cover capacity  Over the past several months the men had been under surveillance by detectives from the WEB task force.  Detectives followed the men as they made heroin deliveries in all three of the Bridgewater’s and the towns of Halifax and Middleboro.  Detective Allen was making regular purchases of drugs from the men.  The group used several vehicles for the deliveries over the past few months.  A network of cell telephones and  pagers were used to order the drugs using a numbered code system.  

The men were taken into custody Monday as they came to deliver more drugs to the undercover officer.   John Gonzalez was taken into custody in the South Plaza as he arrived to sell drugs.  Police seized $1,500.00 worth of heroin from Gonzalez at the scene.  He was taken to the West Bridgewater Police station for booking.  Gonzalez, age 25, with no current address, was charged with (1) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act and (2) Distribution of Class “A” drug, Heroin. Using the pager network another order was placed and Luis Rivera arrived a short time later.  In this vehicle were two other men belonging to the group who had sold heroin previously to the detective.

When officers closed in on the trio,  the operator of the vehicle pulled away and smashed into a vehicle operated by Detective Sergeant victor Flaherty.  As Detective Flaherty and Officer Michael Cummings jumped out to arrest the subject the man speed of and struck and East Bridgewater unmarked cruiser operated by Detective William Shaw and Officer Paul O’Brien.  The vehicle attempted to speed away but was blocked by Officer Joseph Demora of Bridgewater.  All three men were then arrested at gunpoint.  Officer Richard Warmington and Lieutenant Rogers assisted at the scene.  Police plan to seize the two delivery vehicles involved in the groups activities.  Under state law a vehicle used in the transportation of drugs for sale can be seized by the police.

Rivera, age 19, of 728 Main Street, Brockton was operating the vehicle and he was charged with (1) Operating to endanger, (2) Failure to stop for police, (3) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act, (4) Distribution of Class “A” substance, heroin, and (5) Assault and Battery with a dangerous weapon.  Also taken into custody inside the vehicle were Joselito Flores, age 28, of 244 North Warren Ave Brockton and Rafael Burgos, age 23, of 23 High Street Apt #37, Brockton.  Flores and Burgos were charged with (1) Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled substance Act, and (2) Distribution of Class “A” heroin.  All four men have extensive criminal records with past drug arrests said Lieutenant Rogers, were happy we got them off the street, at least for a little while.  Police plan to ask for high bail on all of the men.

While detectives were filing their reports a cell phone belonging to one of the suspects rang.  Detectives intercepted the call and arranged to met a prospective customer who was requesting a delivery of drugs.  At 3:30 pm Detectives Flaherty and Allen arrested Robert Denneno, age 40, of 5 Wilson court Stoughton.  Denneno was taken into custody on North Main Street without incident.  He was charged with (1) Conspiracy to violate the Controlled substance Act., (2) Possession of a Class “D” substance, marijuana, and (3) Possession of a hypodermic needle & syringe.  Denneno was returned to the local station for booking.
 

 

 

 

December 21, 2001

Brockton man arrested with large cache of drugs

By Denise Hill, Enterprise correspondent

Following a three-month probe, local, state and federal officials arrested a Brockton man this week, charging him with distributing the drug Ecstasy and seizing from his apartment 6,000 tablets of the drug along with cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and $68,000 cash.

Fernando Ribeiro, 30, of 60 Reservoir St., was charged in a criminal complaint with distributing and possession with intent to distribute the popular party drug.

The arrest was made following a probe into sales of Ecstasy in West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater. The W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, an investigative team in the three towns, spearheaded the probe.

According to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court, Ribeiro sold Ecstasy tablets to an undercover East Bridgewater detective on four occasions between Nov. 20 and Dec. 13 in the parking lot of the Charlie Horse Restaurant in West Bridgewater.

During each of the four meetings, Ribeiro sold the undercover detective 100 Ecstasy tablets for $900, the affidavit said.

Armed with a search warrant from the federal court in Boston, and aided by officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency task force in Boston and the Brockton police narcotics squad, W.E.B. detectives raided Ribeiro's apartment Wednesday night.

Bridgewater police officer Joseph Demorau and East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen arrested Ribeiro as he attempted to leave his apartment in Brockton. A brief search turned up a large stash of drugs.

 

West Bridgewater Lt. Raymund Rogers and Detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty, Brockton Detective George Khoury and officer Robert Dilido, as well as members of the DEA Task Force and state police seized 6,000 tablets of Ecstasy valued at around $150,000, 7 grams of crack cocaine, 200 grams of cocaine and 140 grams of heroin.

In addition, $68,000 in cash was seized from a safe inside the apartment, according to U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan, the former district attorney in Plymouth County.

The drugs and cash were turned in to the DEA field office. The money was taken to the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston Thursday for counting.

Police also seized a 1996 Mercedes Benz owned by Ribeiro. Under state law, police can seize vehicles used in the delivery of drugs.

Ribeiro was transferred to a jail in South Boston until his arraignment in U.S. District Court today.

If convicted, Ribeiro faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a $2 million fine.

The case is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Jefferson Casper in Sullivan's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.

 

 

 

 



December 21, 2001


W.E.B. Task Force Arrest Major Dealer

WEST BRIDGEWATER – After a three month investigation into sales of Ecstasy in the three Bridgewater’s  officers of the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater (WEB) Major Crime Task Force arrested a Brockton man Wednesday night and seized over $200,000.00 worth of illegal drugs.  Armed with a search warrant from the U.S. Federal Court in Boston, local WEB detectives working with the Drug Enforcement Agency Task Force #2 from the Boston DEA field office, and detectives from the Brockton Police Narcotic Squad raided an apartment at 60 Reservoir Street in Brockton.  According to Detective Lieutenant Raymund Rogers police seized $70,000.00 worth of powder cocaine, $150,000.00 worth of Ecstasy, and over 100 grams of Heroin and crack cocaine.  In addition to the drugs over $50,000.00 in cash was seized from the apartment.  Officer Joseph Demorau of the Bridgewater Police and Detective Scott Allen of the East Bridgewater police took Fernando Ribeiro, age 30, into custody as he attempted to leave the apartment building.  Lieutenant Rogers along with Detective Sergeant Victor Flaherty, Detective George Khoury and Officer Robert Dilido of the Brockton Police, as well as members of the DEA Task Force and state police entered apartment #302.  A brief search of the apartment turned up the large stash of drugs.  Also in the apartment a safe was located that contained an estimated $50,000.00 in cash.  The drugs and cash were returned to the DEA field office.  The money will be taken to the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston today for counting.
     
     Police also seized a 1996 Mercedes Benz that was owned by Reberio.  Under state law police can seize vehicles used in the delivery of drugs.  Police Chief Robert Kominsky praised the efforts of the WEB task force and the cooperation between the various agencies.  Reberio was transferred to South Boston and will be held awaiting arraignment in US District Court on Friday.

 

 

 


 

"Club'' drugs dangerously trendy

August 22, 2000

By Maureen Boyle, Brockton Enterprise staff writer

Bryan Lacivita knew the 19-year-old man sprawled on the ground, unconscious, was in serious trouble.

The teen-ager wasn't moving. His breathing was shallow. And every attempt by Lacivita, a Raynham firefighter and paramedic, to revive him was failing.

``We knew he took something,'' Lacivita said. ``We just didn't know what.''

Within hours, after two more unconscious teens were rushed to the hospital, Lacivita would discover what the Taunton youth had ingested.

It marked the first time police and firefighters in town confronted the aftermath of a dangerous drug trend that swept the West Coast years earlier: ``Liquid G.''

Known officially as gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB, the liquid is one of several so-called ``club'' or ``designer'' drugs that are cropping up in the region, raising worry among medical and law enforcement officials.

Drugs with names like Special K, Roofies and Ecstasy, many dubbed ``date-rape'' drugs, already widespread in California are now surfacing locally more often. And the doctors are seeing the toll.

Since April in Raynham alone, four people found unconscious wound up in the emergency room after drinking Liquid G, and doctors say even more are turning up throughout the area.

``We have had a number of cases, often times with multiple patients,'' said Adam Weissman, emergency room physician at Morton Hospital and Medical Center.

Liquid G, often found as a clear liquid but sometimes tinted, is a degreasing solvent or floor stripper mixed with another cleaner that, when ingested, produces intoxication, loss of inhibition and enhanced sexual experience.

But it also can induce vomiting, render someone unconscious and even lead to death.

It was widely available over the counter in health food stores in the 1980s until 1992 in the United States, and was purchased by body builders to aid muscle building. Since August 1998, it has been classified as a Class A drug in Massachusetts, the same category as heroin.

Authorities say they're not sure exactly when GHB first hit the region and admit they may have been overlooking it for some time, mistaking it for soda or water during traffic stops or at accident scenes.

``Who knows how many times we came across it before and never realized it?'' Raynham officer Brendan Hallisey said. ``You see a bottle of soda or water in a car and you think nothing of it.''

Now alerted to the drug, police are spotting it more and more.

Just last week, Raynham police found four one-liter bottles of Liquid G in a car that ran off Route 44 and crashed.

Hallisey, who investigated the accident, said a 20-year-old man in the back seat was unconscious and, despite repeated attempts by authorities, couldn't be roused.

``He was totally out of it,'' he said. ``We kept shaking and shaking him. We were unable to rouse him at all.''

As the man was rushed to Morton in nearby Taunton, authorities found four bottles of a liquid marked ``Verve,'' one of the names under which GHB is sold.

Hallisey said the young man was lucky.

Raynham authorities recognized the man's symptoms and knew what drug to look for, because they had seen it before.

In April, authorities were called to a restaurant parking lot on Route 44 to investigate a report of an unconscious man in a car.

Once there, police and firefighters discovered one man unconscious in a locked car, a second sprawled on the trunk of the vehicle and a third on the ground.

``They were all unresponsive,'' Hallisey said.

The young men were rushed to the hospital. Authorities suspected they had taken some type of drug, but no one knew what it was.

``When they got to the hospital, we were told they were not doing very well,'' Hallisey said. ``They were hooked up to IVs and there was a question of respiratory distress.''

Finally, a friend of the men told hospital officials what they took: Liquid G.

``You have these young kids, all zoned out, and nobody has a clue what they took,'' Raynham Deputy Police Chief Louis J. Pacheco said. ``This is becoming the drug of choice in the suburbs, and this a problem.''

It is a problem that could have deadly effects, said Raynham Fire Chief George C. Andrews.

``It is serious, it is dangerous and it is a drug that will kill you,'' he said. ``These kids just don't realize this.''

But Liquid G, or GHB, is not the only trendy and dangerous drug hitting the region.

Date-rape drugs bearing names like Special K, Roofies and Ecstasy are being found with increased frequency.

Roofies, or flunitrazepam, is considered a date-rape drug because mixed with alcohol it can incapacitate a victim and prevent them from resisting sexual assault. Special K, or ketamine, is an animal tranquilizer which has been used as a date-rape drug. Both are classified as Class A drugs.

Two weeks ago, detectives in Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Bridgewater working with Drug Enforcement Administration agents arrested a Randolph man on charges of selling the date-rape drug Ecstasy.

Posing as a drug dealer, East Bridgewater Detective John L. Silva III bought more than 100 tablets of Ecstasy after a series of exchanges in the Burger King parking lot on Route 24 in Bridgewater.

``It was hand to hand,'' Silva said of the sales. ``It was like shaking hands. I hand him the money, he hands over the drugs.''

The undercover investigation, launched in early July, came after authorities kept hearing whispers about the drug being sold in the area.

The Randolph man was selling 50 pills of Ecstasy for $800 or 100 for $1,400.

``The market is huge,'' Silva said. ``It makes you wonder if you are buying 100 tablets and he has access to 100 tablets easily, how much was being sold ... I don't think I was his only customer.''

Silva said users of Ecstasy can easily be dehydrated and it appears some clubs, charging $6 to $7 for water, are taking financial advantage of that.

East Bridgewater Detective Scott G. Allen, who worked on the investigation, said he worries what police are just scratching the surface of the newest drug market.

``It really is a hot topic among high school and college kids,'' he said. ``We know it is out there and we are starting to zero in and develop more intelligence on it.''

John S. O'Brien, clinical psychologist at Brockton Hospital, said studies show 1 percent of the population has tried Ecstasy but 8 percent of high school seniors have taken it.

Bridgewater Lt. Michael Bois said he believes the so-called club drugs, such as Ecstasy, may be catching the interest of younger teens. ``It is becoming the drug of choice with the young people,'' he said.

Brockton Lt. William Conlon, head of the detective division, said there have been some small seizures of Ecstasy in the city so far.

Whitman Police Chief John R. Schnyer said his department hasn't found the drugs yet - but harbors no illusions that it will bypass his town.

``We believe it is out there,'' he said.

Randolph Police Chief John R. Barkhouse said authorities are on the alert for the drug but investigators aren't sure how widespread it might be in town or in any area clubs.

But Easton Deputy Police Chief Allen Krajcik said police are aware of the medical risks those who take the drugs face and hope they aren't faced with any tragedies in the community due to the club drugs.

``People don't know what they are taking,'' he said. ``We are certainly aware of the problem. We haven't seen any cases of anyone taking it yet and hopefully we won't.''

 

 

 

 

 

Counterfeiting a growing home business

August 06, 2001

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

When two phony $20 bills were passed at doughnut shops in East Bridgewater and Halifax in June, detectives braced for the flurry of counterfeit notes that would follow.

Within a month, at least 40 counterfeit $20 bills, all with the same serial number and made on a home computer, would be passed throughout the region.

It is a familiar scene for police throughout the area and country as a growing number of computer savvy counterfeiters churn out cash on home computers using high-grade printers.

“It’s the computer age,” said East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen. “The computer can do some great things, but they can also do some illicit things.”

Once a rare crime of artful engraving and printing sophistication, counterfeiting is now so widespread that businesses routinely check bills with special marker-like pens designed to detective phony cash.

And the counterfeiters can be anyone from teen-agers to baby boomers.

“Ten years ago, you would get organized counterfeiters,” Raynham Deputy Police Chief Louis J. Pacheco said. “Now, it is more free-lancers and kids.”

So far this year, the task force comprised of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and Bridgewater detectives probed two separate cases of widespread counterfeiting, including one case where $10,000 in phony bills were seized.

Throughout the region, counterfeit bills are cropping up regularly as businesses and police try to curb the problem.

John McMorrow, manager of Easton Gas and Convenience store, said he examines all bills now after getting stuck with a few phonies a couple of years ago. All new employees are taught how to detect a fake.

“It seems that once the word gets out that a place checks (the bills), which we do, you never get them,” McMorrow said.

John Cain, owner of Raynham Texaco, said he got stuck with a counterfeit bill about five years ago.

“When I made the deposit at the bank, they caught it,” he said.

Now, he checks the bills, often using a special pen that detects counterfeit bills.

But Cain said he knows fake bills are out there.

“We’ve been lucky,” he said.

As home computers and printers get more sophisticated, authorities said they expect to find even more people trying to print cash.

“It is very easy to make a bill that appears genuine to the average person making a quick transaction,” East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen said.

But with the rise in fake money, comes a rise in arrests.

The number of counterfeiting arrests by the U.S. Secret Service rose from 1,597 in 1988 to 2,176 in 1996. The face value of those bills seized rose from $136,072 in 1988 to $205,220 in 1996.

Copying cash is a federal offense and carries prison terms of up to 15 years and up to $5,000 in fines. The federal sentences for counterfeiting average between 12 and 17 months.

In the most recent counterfeiting case locally, two men faced charges in connection with a rash of phony $20 bills that first surfaced in late June.

Christopher Shea, 33, of 297 Montello St., Brockton, was arrested two weeks ago by East Bridgewater and Bridgewater detectives on charges of possession and uttering of counterfeit money.

Jason Prusak, 20, of East Bridgewater was summoned into Brockton District Court on similar charges.

The arrests followed an investigation by East Bridgewater Detective John Silva, Bridgewater Detective Carl McDermott and Halifax officer Herb Wiltshire.

The investigation began when fake $20 bills were passed at doughnut shops in East Bridgewater and Halifax in late June.

Wiltshire and Silva, during the initial phase of the probe, were able to identify two suspects and the arrests were made with the help of special agents from the Secret Service.

Shaw said authorities believe the suspects may be tied to phony bills that were passed in Whitman, Brockton, Middleboro, Raynham, Bridgewater, Halifax and East Bridgewater.

He said doughnut shops and convenience stores, with high customer traffic, were targeted by the suspects.

Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com

 

 

 

 

Three charged in heroin probe

October 01, 2001

By Denise Hill, Enterprise correspondent

BRIDGEWATER — Detectives from the West Bridgewater-East Bridgewater-Bridgewater major crimes task force arrested three men Friday afternoon following an investigation of heroin sales.

The two-month investigation was conducted by Detective Sgt. Victor Flaherty and Detective Scott Allen of East Bridgewater.

Investigators had observed sales of heroin at various locations throughout the three Bridgewaters.

Detective Lt. Raymund Rogers, task force commander, said drug couriers used cell phones to contact potential customers and then drove to the towns to deliver the heroin.

Police set up surveillance on Friday at the South Shopping Plaza which, according to Rogers, had been the scene of prior drug activity.

At 4 p.m., a vehicle arrived and, utilizing a search warrant obtained by Flaherty, police arrested Edward Caraminis, 45, of 23 Mohawk Road, Canton, and Richard Goode, 54, of 16 Chesapeake Road in Holbrook.

Caraminis was charged with conspiracy to violate the drug laws, possession of heroin, a subsequent offense, and possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Goode was charged with possession of heroin and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Officer Joseph Demoura of the Bridgewater Police Department along with Rogers, Allen and Flaherty participated in the arrest and seized heroin packaged for resale along with $700 cash.

At 6 p.m., police arrested Donald Ouellette, 48, of 93 Rockland St., Brockton.

W.E.B. detectives along with the Brockton Police Narcotic Squad took Ouellette into custody on Main Street near the Campello high rise building.

Police said heroin with a street value of $2,500 was recovered from Ouellette.

He was charged with trafficking in heroin, drug violation near a school and possession of heroin. All three men were taken to the West Bridgewater police station for booking.

Goode and Caraminis were released on bail. Ouellette was held on $2,500 cash bail set by Brockton court magistrate Kevin Creedon.

Also participating in the arrests were uniform officers Kenneth Bryant and Kevin Johnson of the West Bridgewater police.

 

 

 

 

Marijuana dealers learn to skirt the law

June 15, 2001

By Maureen Boyle, Enterprise staff writer

When 15 pounds of marijuana were found inside a freezer, East Bridgewater Detective Scott Allen knew a year long investigation was paying off.

But he also knew the suspect — considered a major marijuana distributor in the area — would be skirting the state’s drug trafficking laws.

Although the bricks of marijuana had a street value of more than $70,000, it still wasn’t enough to allow police to charge the suspect with drug trafficking — a charge that carries a one-year mandatory minimum sentence.

It is a scenario repeated throughout the region with greater frequency as the street price of marijuana skyrockets and court-savvy dealers figure out ways to avoid lengthy prison terms.

While just 14 grams of heroin or cocaine can lead to a trafficking charge and at least three years in prison, suspects must be caught with 50 pounds of the much bulkier marijuana before police can press the same charge.

And with an ounce of marijuana selling for $200 to $300, dealers are discovering they can make more money with less risk of hefty prison terms.

“It is a very profitable drug right now,” Allen said. “The penalties are lower. You need to grab someone with 50 pounds or more and the dealers are making sure they have less than that.”

State Police Sgt. Craig Fries, a drug investigator assigned to the Bristol County district attorney’s office, said marijuana dealing and sales have been rising in the past two years as the price for cannabis goes up.

A pound of marijuana can be bought by dealers for between $900 and $1,300 a pound. The price of an ounce on the street can range from $250 to $300 — or higher, Fries said.

“They are finding it is worth their while,” he said of the dealers. “The large majority of the cases we have been seeing have involved seizures of 20 to 40 pounds. They stay under the 50-pound trafficking limit.”

If a person is caught with 50 to 100 pounds of marijuana, he or she faces a one-year mandatory prison term. Between 100 and 2,000 pounds carries a three-year term while 2,000 to 10,000 pounds carries a five-year term.

But if a person is caught with between 14 and 28 grams of cocaine, he or she faces a mandatory prison term of three years. Between 28 and 100 grams of cocaine carries a five-year term while 100 to 200 grams carries a 10-year term.

A person caught with 14 to 28 grams of heroin faces a five-year term, while 28 to 100 grams carries a mandatory seven-year term. If 100 to 200 grams of heroin is seized, a person faces a mandatory 10-year prison term.

The sharp difference in the mandatory prison terms may be leading to more dealers turning to marijuana as the newest drug crop, several said.

And the pot crop is expected to be a bumper one this year, according to Cannabis News, which notes that California-grown pot is literally as valuable as gold.

The amount of marijuana on the street — based on surveys and arrests — also appears to be rising. The National Drug Intelligence Center reports that marijuana-related offenses increased 17 percent between 1998-99. The National Drug Threat Survey found that 82 percent of the agencies responding consider marijuana availability “very high.”

The potency of the drug is also increasing. In 1974, the THC content of marijuana — the active ingredient that creates the high — averaged 5 percent. Today, it is about 17 percent.

Locally, police are finding more marijuana and discovering larger amounts during routine stops.

In Brockton a few weeks ago, a police officer who stopped a car for a motor vehicle violation discovered a pound of marijuana in a plastic bag. Earlier this year, Taunton police discovered about two pounds after stopping a car, and even smaller amounts of marijuana are being found with increased frequency.

“There appears to be more marijuana,” said Taunton Detective James Dykas, the evidence officer. “Heroin seems to be fading. There seems to be more marijuana in the last couple of years.”

In the largest marijuana seizure, members of the West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater and Bridgewater Major Crimes and Drug Task Force had launched an investigation into marijuana dealing nearly a year ago.

“It involved allegations that there was a resident involved in large marijuana dealings,” Allen said.

Detectives, working with state police assigned to the Plymouth County district attorney’s office, raided 571 West Union St., East Bridgewater, on June 7.

Michael Persson, 37, of 571 West Union St. was arrested after police seized some marijuana and psilocybin, also known on the street as magic mushrooms, and drug packaging items.

The next day, police raided Persson’s parents’ home at 65 Crestfield Terrace in Brockton.

Police found 15 pounds of marijuana hidden in a freezer in the garage at the house, Allen said.

Persson faces charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of Psilocybin mushrooms, possession of Psilocybin mushrooms with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

Allen and state trooper Scott Warmington, the lead investigators in the case, are continuing the probe and additional charges are expected to be pressed against other people.

Maureen Boyle can be reached at mboyle@enterprisenews.com

 

 

 

 

Tri-town task force makes heroin bust

May 21, 2001

By Patricia Jillson, Enterprise correspondent

BRIDGEWATER — The tri-town Bridgewaters’ major crimes task force is trying to stop a regional heroin distribution service one suspect at a time.

As part of its six-month investigation of the distribution service, task force officers in collaboration with police detectives from Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Middleboro and Brockton, executed a vehicle search warrant on May 11 at the Kmart Plaza on Route 28 in Brockton.

Lawrence residents Michelle Torres, 22, of 154 Oxford St. and Liz Rivera, 30, of 74 Butler St. were arrested.

Police charged both women with heroin possession and possession with the intent to distribute.

The vehicle, which according to officer Dennis Smerz is owned by Rivera, is believed to be a heroin delivery vehicle.

Arresting officer Joseph Demoura had obtained a search warrant and investigators found more than 70 bags of heroin inside the vehicle, according to Sgt. Christopher Delmonte.

Police also found an undisclosed amount of cash, said Delmonte, who is the department’s K-9 officer and public information officer. Cash amounts are often not made public because it can be difficult to distinguish drug proceeds from personal cash, he said.

The recent drug seizure is not an isolated incident.

“Investigators have linked these arrests with two other heroin distribution arrests in Bridgewater. But (Torres and Rivera) are believed to have delivered elsewhere in the three Bridgewaters area as well as surrounding communities over the past year,” Delmonte said in a press release.

Last March, surveillance work and task force information led to the arrest of Yadira Moldonado Munoz, 20, of 55 Bedford St., Lawrence, as she drove on Conant Street. Police confiscated $383 in cash and 125 bags, or about 39 grams, of heroin found inside a winter mitten concealed in a console compartment.

Police seized the vehicle and charged Munoz with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, heroin trafficking, conspiracy to violate the state’s controlled substances act and the lesser charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Just seven hours before Munoz’s arrest, a police tactical unit raided a residence at 575 Conant St.

Police seized knives, swords, ammunition, a BB gun and a large amount of drug paraphernalia and related items in the pre-dawn raid.

The history of heroin busts in the Conant Street area goes back even further. On Dec. 29, officer Stephen McGinn pulled a car over at the Bridgewater Ice Arena on Bedford Street to investigate alleged motor vehicle violations. He arrested the driver, Pedro A. Marquez, 24, of Broadway Street, Lawrence, charged him with driving without a license and initially made arrangements to have Marquez’s vehicle impounded by Ben Ellis Towing, until he found 79 bags of heroin stashed inside the vehicle, police said.

Marquez’s vehicle was towed to the police station and his passenger, Olga Vega, 28, of 663 Essex St., Lawrence, was arrested.

McGinn charged both occupants of the vehicle with heroin possession with the intent to distribute it and with drug trafficking.

 

 

 

 

Undercover Heroin Buys Lead to 5 Arrests

January 10, 2002 

East Bridgewater- Investigators from the W.E.B. Major Crimes and Drug Task Force arrested 5 individuals on Tuesday for heroin distribution charges related to an investigation that has been on-going for the past month.  At approximately 1:30 pm on Tuesday, investigators arrested Hector Gonzalez, 19, a resident of #371 North Main Street, Brockton; Hector Castro, 25, #65 Nickerson Street, Plymouth; and a 15-year old juvenile on an array of heroin related charges.  During the past month, all three individuals have been involved in selling various quantities of heroin to an undercover officer in East Bridgewater. 

            Approximately $1,000 worth of heroin was seized during the three suspects arrest during a buy-bust operation on Tuesday in East Bridgewater.   Investigators seized a white Ford Probe, which was used to deliver the controlled substance to the undercover officer, following their arrests.   

          During a subsequent follow-up investigation, W.E.B. investigators obtained a search warrant for an apartment located at #371 North Main Street in Brockton.  Various paraphernalia utilized to package and distribute heroin, cellular phones, and a quantity of cash were seized from the apartment.  Arrested after exiting this location were Luis Reynoso, 41, #371 North Main Street and David Martinez, 39, 255 Montello Street, Brockton.  Both were charged with Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act.

          During booking procedures, fingerprints obtained from Mr. Martinez indicated that he has three prior alias names, all of which have current default warrants for drug-related and other criminal charges.

          Brockton Police Detectives assisted W.E.B. investigators during the investigation.