Massachusetts Drug Crimes Overview
A drug is any biological substance that is consumed for non-dietary or non-medical purposes. In the United States., drugs are categorized as legal or illegal. Illegal drugs include, but are not limited to: marijuana, heroin, cocaine, LSD, Ecstasy, or unauthorized prescription drugs like Vicodin. State and federal statues strictly prohibit the use, manufacture, or distribution of all illegal drugs. If a person uses, sells, possesses, or manufactures an illegal drug, he/she can be charged with a drug crime.
Drug crimes are very serious in nature and should never be taken lightly. A person who is charged with a drug crime faces life-changing legal consequences. In Massachusetts, drug crimes are prosecuted severely by law enforcement and District Attorneys. Due to a continual increase in drug related crimes, the state and federal government have adopted firmer drug laws and legal punishments.
Types of Drug Crimes
There are many types of drug crimes. The most common drug crimes in Massachusetts include: drug possession, drug possession with intent to sale, drug manufacturing, and drug distribution.
- Drug possession is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession for personal use, for sale, or for distribution.
- Drug possession with intent to distribute is the crime of having one or more illegal narcotics in one’s possession with the intention of selling the narcotics. If a person is found guilty of drug possession with intent to sell to a minor (person below the legal age of 18), he/she faces enhanced criminal charges and sentencing.
- Drug manufacturing is the crime of producing unlawful controlled substances.
- Drug distribution is the crime of smuggling, transporting, or delivering illegal narcotics.
Boston Drug Crime Punishments
When a person is charged with a drug crime, law enforcement will take into consideration the type of drug possessed, the quantity of the drug possessed, the purpose of the drug’s possession, and if the drug was distributed to minors. A person may have his/her charges enhanced if he/she used minors to distribute drugs, sold to minors, or sold drugs on school property.
A person that is charged with a drug crime such as drug possession, drug distribution, or drug manufacturing, faces a variety of punishments if convicted. Convicted drug offenders may be sentenced with:
- Monetary fines
- Court mandated drug rehabilitative programs
- Drug offender registration
- Community service
Massachusetts Drug Crimes Attorney
If you have been charged with a drug crime in Boston, it is to your advantage to speak with a qualified drug crime attorney. If convicted, you will face life altering punishments. You cannot afford to take your drug crime charges lightly. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can ensure that your rights are not violated and that you receive the legal representation you need to successfully combat your drug charges.
ATTORNEY NEYMAN HAS WON SEVERAL NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING CASES INVOLVING HAND TO HAND SALES TO UNDERCOVER POLICE OFFICERS
1. Suffolk Superior Court Docket Number 9125003
The defendant in this case was well known to the Boston Police and State Police as a drug trafficker. For several months the state police had been investigating the defendant for narcotics distribution and trafficking in the Boston and greater Boston areas. As part of an ongoing operation an undercover state trooper posing as a drug purchaser bought a large quantity of cocaine from the defendant. An indictment subsequently issued and the defendant was looking at a mandatory minimum 10 years in state prison. Prior to trial our office was able to locate an informant in an Arizona prison who provided Attorney Neyman with information not previously disclosed concerning the integrity of the police investigation and conduct. This information proved to be useful to the defendant's case and fatal to the prosecutor's case and resulted in an acquittal of the defendant by a jury.
2. Suffolk Superior Court Docket Number 9211679
The defendant in this case was in his late teens. He was a local college student taking a semester off from school. The prosecution alleged that he was working his way up the narcotics distribution ladder gradually becoming a player in the Boston area. This incident involved numerous "controlled buys" where a narcotics distributor was working undercover for the state police. The undercover individual or informant purchased increasingly greater quantities of cocaine from the defendant while under surveillance from law enforcement officials. As the informant obtained the defendant's confidence the defendant was introduced to an undercover state police officer posing as an interested buyer. A deal was negotiated with the defendant for a quantity of cocaine in excess of 200 grams. The defendant sold the cocaine to the undercover officer and was charged. He faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in state prison. Attorney Neyman tried the case to a superior court jury and the defendant was acquitted.
3. Middlesex Superior Court Docket Number 9300913
The defendant in this case had just been released from prison and was working in a restaurant in a Boston suburb. The prosecution alleged that he working his way back into the drug trafficking business quickly. He was targeted by state and local police as a suspect in a large heroin trafficking ring. Undercover state police officers gained the defendant's confidence through known drug customers and began negotiating for the purchase of large quantities of heroin. On several occasions the defendant sold to these undercover officers. Each time the quantity of heroin increased. Indictments issued and the defendant faced a minimum mandatory 15 years in state prison. Attorney Neyman obtained a jury verdict acquitting the defendant of these charges.
Stephen Neyman, P.C. is a reputable drug crimes attorney located in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Neyman has helped numerous clients fight their drug crimes charges and obtain favorable case outcomes. If you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Boston, trust the experience and the legal expertise of Attorney Stephen Neyman. Contact us online or call 617-263-6800.
Case Results » Drug Crimes
Lawrence District Court: Possession of Heroin Charge Dismissed Against Engineer
June 17, 2014
On March 27,2014 Lawrence, Massachusetts police officers observed a car with New Hampshire plates occupied by two males, the driver being our client. The car parked in an area known for drug distribution. The driver was observed on a cell phone. No one got out of the car. Rather, the car left and traveled to another area in Lawrence also known for high incidents of drug sales. Again, no one got out of the car. Once again the car left for yet another heroin distribution point in the city. At this location the passenger got out of the car and made contact with known drug dealers. Officers repositioned their undercover vehicle and saw a drug deal involving the passenger and the known individual. The passenger got back into the car. A stop of the vehicle was made and the defendant and his passenger were found to be in possession of heroin. Both were arrested and charged. Attorney Neyman was able to get the case dismissed today.
Drug Charges, Possession With Intent to Distribute Class A, Conspiracy, School Zone Violation Against New York Man Dismissed
June 25, 2013
Quincy District Court: According to a Braintree Police Department report on August 9, 2011, based on an informant's tip, police officers set up surveillance activities on a Braintree, Massachusetts street. At approximately 1:35 p.m. officers saw a particular vehicle enter the area of concern. The car had been identified by the informant as the vehicle used by the defendant to deliver drugs. Surveillance continued. Officers saw the driver, the defendant, deliver drugs to known drug users. One of the users to whom the accused sold drugs was stopped by the officers. This person identified the defendant as having just sold him drugs. Officers found drugs in this person's possession and recognized the package as the item the defendant passed to this person. The surveillance team followed the defendant and arrested him. In his possession the police found proceeds from the drug deal. Today, Attorney Neyman was able to get all charges dismissed.
Felony Drug Charges Against Chemist, Distribution of Class A, Distribution of Class B and Conspiracy to be Dismissed
April 9, 2013
South Boston District Court: The defendant is a chemist with a masters degree in chemistry from a prestigious local university. The prosecution alleged that on August 5, 2012 members of the Boston Police Department Drug Control Unit were monitoring a parking lot where an abundance of drug activity had been occurring. The defendant was observed engaging in behavior consistent with drug trafficking activity. Officers observed him making several phone calls and looking around the parking lot. They eventually saw him enter a car and participate in a drug transaction. The defendant was observed leaving that car and entering another car where yet more drug activity was seen. An arrest was made charging the defendant with Trafficking Class B and Trafficking Class A drugs. Attorney Neyman was able to keep the case in the district court where the trafficking charges were dismissed and reduced to felony distribution charges. Today, our office succeeded in getting all charges continued without a finding.