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.
Lawrence District Court: Heroin Possession Charges Against College Student Dismissed
May 16, 2016
The defendant is a freshman in college. The prosecution alleged that in June of 2014 detective from the Lawrence, Massachusetts police narcotics unit observed activity consistent with drug dealing. Specifically, the defendant and two other Caucasian males were walking through a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood. They seemed to be looking for someone and kept checking their cell phones in the process. Ultimately, a known drug dealer was observed meeting up with our client and his friends and engaging in what appeared to be a drug transaction. Our client and his friends left in a vehicle that failed to stop at a light. Officers stopped the vehicle and saw in plain view heroin. Our client was charged with possession of heroin, a crime under G.L. c. 94C Section 34. Attorney Neyman was hired to defend the man. Today, all charges were dismissed outright.
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Falmouth District Court: Drug Possession With Intent Against Landscaper Dismissed
April 21, 2016
In January of 2015 members of a joint task force involving Cape Cod police and ATF agents served and executed a search warrant on a home in Mashpee. During the course of the search officers located a significant number of marijuana plants, grow lights, packaging materials and some hash oil. Officers had been watching this operation for months and believed that the defendant was a major drug supplier in that area. He was arrested and charged with several counts of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in violation of G.L. c. 94C Section 32C, possession with intent to distribute hash oil and manufacturing. He hired Attorney Neyman to represent him. Today, the case against the man was dismissed.
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Boston Municipal Court: Drug Possession Charges Do Not Issue After Clerk Magistrate Hearing
December 31, 2015
The defendant is a chef and business owner in Boston. On the date in question members of the Boston Police drug unit observed the defendant walking aimlessly in a neighborhood known for high volume drugs sales. The officers observed the man meeting up with a woman known to them as a drug dealer. After a brief conversation the defendant and the woman entered a housing project. The officers, dressed in civilian clothes followed them into the building where they saw an apparent drug transaction on a stairwell. The defendant was issued a summons for a clerk magistrate hearing charging him with possession of class B drugs in violation of G.L. c. 94C Section 34. Today, Attorney Neyman convinced the clerk magistrate not to issue the complaint.
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