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.
Felony Drug Charges Continued Without a Finding and to be Dismissed
In June of 2017 members of a greater Boston suburban task force were investigating high level drug trafficking activity. Their efforts led them to a home that was occupied by the defendant. Officers obtained a search warrant and executed the search. During the search large quantities of drugs were found in the defendant's bedroom and other areas of the home. He was charged with three counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs in violation of G.L. c. 94C Section 32 classes A B and C. After nearly two years of litigation our office was able to get the defendant a continuance without a finding. If he remains free from criminal legal trouble the case will be dismissed.
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Drug Conspiracy Charges Dismissed and Felony Distribution Charges Reduced to Possession and Continued Without a Finding
The defendant is a private investigator licensed in several states. In June of this year state police working in an undercover capacity were watching some parking lots off of Route 495 known for frequent incidents of drug distribution activity. Acting on a tip from a known reliable informant the offers observed our client waiting in a pickup truck consistently using his phone for texting and calls. After about twenty minutes the officers observed an infamous drug distributor park and enter our client's truck. The officers observed movements consistent with the transfer of objects. The manner of this activity along with defendant's texting and calling suggested that the parties were meeting up for a drug deal. Once the dealer left our client's car the distributor and our client left, driving in opposite directions. Officers followed each. They stopped the known dealer who was found in possession of a significant amount of drugs, Class B. He indicated that he purchased the drugs from our client. The defendant was then stopped and found in possession of a large quantity of cash along with a large quantity of class D and C drugs. He was charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute Class D and C in violation of G.L. c. 94C Sections 32C and 32B respectively. He was also charged with Conspiracy under G.L. c. 94C Section 40 and Distribution of Class D under G.L. c. 94C Section 32C. The defendant is a private investigator and any conviction or admission to a charge of more than simple possession would likely result in his license being suspended or revoked. He hired Attorney Neyman to defend him. Today, the conspiracy and possession with intent charges were dismissed. The distribution charge was reduced to simple possession and continued without a finding for sixty days. The case will be dismissed.
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Multiple Drug Charges Against Construction Worker to be Dismissed
The defendant is a construction worker and union member working on some significant Boston area projects. In March of 2017 members of the Tewksbury, Massachusetts police department were alerted to the fact that the defendant was selling illegal narcotics and that he possessed illegal firearms. The defendant's step-father corroborated this and had recorded statements linking the man to drug sales. Following up on this information officers obtained consent to search the defendant's home from his parents. This led to the discovery of large quantities of drugs and the issuance of search warrants for the defendant's cell phones. The search of the cell phones provided additional support that the man was in fact selling drugs. He was charged with various drug crimes, among them G.L. c. 94C Section 34 and G.L. c. 94C Section 32C. The defendant had a significant criminal history that included drug convictions. Attorney Neyman was hired to represent the man. Today, all charges were continued without a finding. These charges will be dismissed after a successful completion of a short period of probation.
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