Drug and gun crimes

Distribution of Cocaine (Second Offense) – Not Guilty

Our client is a convicted drug dealer. During an eight-month investigation by a local undercover drug investigation team, our client was witnessed selling cocaine and undercover informants repeatedly bought cocaine from our client’s home. A search warrant was executed at our client’s house and the police found drugs and drug distribution paraphernalia. Our client was indicted for distribution of cocaine (second offense) and a school zone violation and would have received a minimum mandatory sentence of seven years in prison if he had been convicted. Following a lengthy trial, our client was found not guilty of all charges by a superior court jury.

Carrying a Firearm – Not Guilty

Our client was riding in the backseat of a car that was stopped by the police for a traffic violation.  During the stop, our client and the front seat passenger were moving around in a suspicious manner and refusing to make eye contact with the police officers.  Ultimately the officers ordered all of the occupants to get out of the car.  During a subsequent search, the police found a gun under the front passenger seat (immediately in front of where our client was sitting).  Our client was charged with carrying a firearm (which carries a mandatory minimum 18-month jail sentence).  A jury found him not guilty.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Oxycodone – Not Guilty

Federal and state law enforcement authorities had been conducting surveillance on our client for several months.  They learned through their surveillance and information provided by a confidential informant that our client was trafficking Oxycodone throughout Eastern Massachusetts.  The police watched as our client sold drugs to the informant on six different dates and officers were able to secure warrants to search our client's home and car.  During the execution of the search warrants, the police found 33 Oxycodone pills in our client's pocket.  In his bedroom was a digital scale used by drug dealers to weigh their product and plastic baggies used by drug dealers to package their product.  We argued the drugs found on our client were for his personal use (and not intended for distribution) and produced medical records establishing our client had been previously given a prescription for Oxycodone.  The jury found our client not guilty of possession with intent to distribute Oxycodone.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client was the passenger in a car stopped for a motor vehicle violation. When two police officers approached the car, they smelled an odor of raw marijuana emanating from our client’s backpack. The officers searched the backpack and found marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Our client was charged with possession of a loaded firearm. We filed a motion to suppress the search of the backpack, arguing that the search was unconstitutional. After a superior court judge allowed our motion to suppress, the Commonwealth dismissed the case.

Trafficking More than 18 Grams of Cocaine – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

The police responded to a hotel lobby to investigate the report of a man who was injured and bleeding.  Officers found the man and followed him to his room.  When they arrived at the room, the bleeding man's wife allowed them inside.  They saw our client, who was passed out on one of the beds.  The other people in the room said our client might have drugs or a gun in his bag (which was sitting next to the bed).  The police opened the bag and found a large amount of cocaine, heroin, and thousands of dollars in cash.  The police woke up our client and he was charged with drug trafficking.  We filed a motion to suppress the drugs and a superior court judge agreed the police officers' search of our client's bag was unconstitutional.  The drugs were suppressed and the prosecutor was forced to dismiss the case. 

Trafficking More than 200 Grams of Cocaine – Dismissed

Our client has a long history of dealing drugs.  The police were conducting surveillance on his house and witnessed a series of drug deals.  The police obtained a search warrant for our client's house.  During the execution of the warrant, the police found more than 300 grams of cocaine.  The prosecutor presented our client's case to the grand jury, and the grand jury returned an indictment charging him with trafficking more than 200 grams of cocaine (a crime that carries a mandatory minimum 12-year prison sentence).  When we received the grand jury transcript, we discovered mistakes in the prosecutor's presentation.  We filed a motion to dismiss the case based on those mistakes, and the case was dismissed by a superior court judge.  

Carrying a Loaded Firearm – Dismissed

Our client was sitting in a parked car on a busy city street when the police witnessed his friend running toward him while holding a gun.  Officers pursued our client's friend as he sprinted toward our client.  The door to the car was locked when the friend arrived, but someone (presumably our client) unlocked the door which allowed his friend to throw the gun inside of the passenger compartment.  The police saw the gun land on our client's lap, and later found the gun wedged between the passenger's seat and the center console.  The police concluded our client had attempted to hide the gun.  He was charged with carrying a loaded firearm.  On the morning of the trial, as we were preparing to select a jury, the prosecutor decided to dismiss the case.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client was the passenger in a car that was being followed by narcotics detectives. When our client’s car stopped in a restaurant parking lot, the detectives ordered our client to exit the vehicle. According to the police, our client bent over and appeared to hide something under his seat. The police searched the car and found heroin packaged for distribution under our client’s seat. We filed a motion to suppress the drugs, and the judge allowed our motion. The case was then dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

A police officer stopped the car our client was driving because it had a broken tail light. When the officer approached the car, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana smoke. The officer ordered our client and the passengers to exit the car. The officer searched our client and found five bags of marijuana. A further search of the car revealed four large bags of marijuana on the back seat. Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school (a charge that carries a mandatory two year jail sentence). We filed a motion to suppress the evidence, which was allowed by the judge. Following the motion to suppress hearing, the Commonwealth dismissed all charges.

Carrying a Firearm – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client was the front passenger seat in a car that was being driven by his brother.  The police stopped the car for having a defective headlight.  During the stop, our client and his brother lied about their identities.  A preliminary investigation by the police revealed that our client and his brother were gang members, did not own the vehicle, and had serious criminal records that included being charged with murder in other jurisdictions.  Our client's brother was arrested for driving the car without a license and the police searched the vehicle.  One of the police officers had specialized training that gang members often hide guns in the engine compartments of cars, and he popped the hood.  In plain view was a gun case that contained a handgun.  The police obtained additional information that suggested our client had put the gun in the engine compartment.  We filed a motion to suppress the gun, arguing that the police officer had exceeded his authority in searching the engine compartment.  The Commonwealth argued that the search was a proper inventory search.  Following a hearing where two of the police officers testified, the judge agreed with us that the search of the engine compartment was investigative and therefore the police officer should have obtained a search warrant.  The judge suppressed the gun and the Commonwealth was forced to dismiss the case.

Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client is a known drug dealer. The police were conducting surveillance on our client’s home when they observed an individual buy drugs from him. The police executed a search warrant on our client’s home and found our client hiding in his bedroom. The police found cocaine in the bedroom. In addition to conspiracy, our client was charged with possession of cocaine. We filed a motion to suppress the search and the judge agreed with us that the police had violated our client’s constitutional rights. After the judge allowed our motion to suppress, the case was dismissed.

School Zone Drug Violation – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

The police were in the process of breaking up a large party at a house next door to a school when an officer searched our client. Our client was in possession of seven bags of marijuana packaged for distribution. In addition to the school zone violation (which carries a mandatory two years in jail), our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. We filed a motion to suppress the search of our client, which was allowed by the judge. The case was then dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Cocaine – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client was riding in a car that was stopped by the police. The police searched our client and found cocaine and marijuana in his pocket. We filed a motion to suppress the drugs, which was allowed by the judge. The case was dismissed after the motion to suppress was allowed.

Possession of a Loaded Firearm – Conviction Reversed by the Appeals Court

While represented by a different attorney, our client was convicted in superior court of possession of a loaded firearm. The evidence at trial was that our client was driving around Boston with a loaded gun tucked in the pocket of the back seat of his car. Our client testified that he found the gun on his front lawn and was in the process of driving to the police station to turn it in. On appeal, we argued that the prosecutor’s comments regarding our client’s brother’s prior gun conviction were irrelevant and prejudicial, and that our client was denied his right to cross-examine the ballistics expert who examined the gun. We filed a brief and argued before a three-judge panel of the Appeals Court, which agreed with our arguments and reversed our client’s conviction.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in a School – Dismissed

Our client is 18 years old and was a high school student in a local affluent community.  A middle school student reported to his principal that our client planned to sell him marijuana.  The police were called and our client was pulled out of class.  His backpack was searched and it contained two bags of marijuana.  Our client said he intended to sell the marijuana to the middle school student.  The police obtained our client's cell phone which contained extensive evidence of our client's drug dealing activities.  He was charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute in a school zone, which carries a mandatory minimum two years is jail.  The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Heroin – Conviction Reversed by the Appeals Court

While represented by a different attorney, our client was convicted of possession of heroin. The police responded to an apartment and found our client lying on the floor and unresponsive. There was drug paraphernalia all over the apartment and next to our client, including a spoon with heroin residue. On appeal, we argued that the Commonwealth’s failure to have the state chemist testify that the substance was, in fact, heroin violated our client’s right to confront all witnesses against him. The Appeals Court agreed with our argument and reversed our client’s conviction.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

Our client was driving through a local city when a police officer he knew stopped the car.  The officer claimed the back brake light was broken.  The officer said when he approached the car, there was a gym bag in the back seat containing a large bag of marijuana that was in plain view.  Our client was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.  We filed a motion to suppress the evidence, arguing that the officer lied about the brake light being broken and lied about the marijuana being in plain view.  The owner of the car that was being driven by our client retrieved her car from the tow yard and immediately brought it to be inspected.  The inspection revealed a working brake light.  The car's owner testified at the motion to suppress hearing and produced a copy of the inspection report.  The judge believed the car's owner and ruled that the stop of the motor vehicle was unconstitutional.  The case was then dismissed by the Commonwealth. 

Possession of Heroin – Motion to Suppress Allowed and Case Dismissed

The police were conducting surveillance on a known drug dealer's home.  They witnessed a drug transaction and continued to watch the home.  Shortly thereafter, a car stopped in front of the house.  Our client, who was the front seat passenger in the car, got out and ran into the house.  He was inside for less than a minute and then returned to the car.  As the car pulled away, the arresting officer noticed that the car did not having a working tail light.  The officer stopped the car and saw our client immediately slouch down in his seat and put his hand in his sweatshirt pocket as if to hide something.  The officer ordered our client to exit the car.  As our client was getting out, he again put his hand in his sweatshirt pocket.  The officer pat-frisked him and found heroin in his pocket.  We filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the police officer's exit order and search of our client was unconstitutional.  Following a hearing, the judge agreed with us and suppressed the drugs, which led to the dismissal of the case.

Distribution of Heroin – Dismissed

The police were conducting surveillance in a violent, drug-infested neighborhood. They watched as a man driving a van from New Hampshire pulled into a convenience store parking lot and stayed in his vehicle, looking up and down the street. After 10 minutes, our client approached the driver of the van and the two men conducted a brief hand-to-hand transaction. Our client then walked away. As the van left the parking lot, it was stopped by the police and the driver was discovered to possess heroin. Different police officers stopped our client, who had an amount of money in his pocket that was consistent with managing a street-level drug dealing operating. Our client was charged with distribution of heroin. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

A team of local detectives was conducting surveillance on our client, believing him to be a drug dealer. The detectives stopped and searched our client, who was within 1,000 feet of a school, and found 197 bags of heroin and three bags of cocaine in his pants. The detectives also confiscated a cell phone. Several individuals called the cell phone and attempted to order drugs when the detectives answered. Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (a charge that carries a mandatory two-year jail sentence). All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine – Dismissed

The police received a phone call that our client was acting suspiciously. The police responded and approached our client. During a search of our client, 11 individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine were discovered in his pocket. Our client admitted that he had sold crack earlier in the day. Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Distribution of Heroin – Dismissed

A local police department was conducting surveillance near a convenience store where drug transactions routinely occurred. The police officers saw our client hand a bag of powder, later determined to be heroin, to a known drug user. The police confronted the drug user, who said he had purchased the heroin from our client for $80. The police arrested our client, who admitted he sold the heroin. He was charged with distribution of heroin and conspiracy. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Illegal Discharge of a Firearm – Dismissed

A group of men was involved in a dispute on a public street. At some point, one of the men pulled out a gun and fired it twice. A subsequent police investigation suggested that our client was the individual who fired the gun. The police located a witness who identified our client as the shooter through a photo array. Our client was charged with two counts of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Distribution of Heroin – Dismissed

Narcotic detectives were conducting surveillance on our client when they observed him meet with a known prostitute. After our client and the prostitute appeared to engage in a drug transaction, the detectives confronted the prostitute. The prostitute told the detective that she had purchased $40 worth of heroin from our client. The police arrested our client and found the $40. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

The police were working with a confidential informant who agreed to set up his drug dealer. The informant scheduled a drug transaction and our client and another man arrived in a car to sell drugs to the informant. The informant paid cash to the men in the car in exchange for four bags of heroin and one bag of cocaine. The drug deal occurred within 1,000 feet of a school. In addition to the school zone violation (which carries a mandatory two years in jail), our client was charged with distribution of heroin and distribution of cocaine. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Heroin – Dismissed

A police detective was watching our client, who is a known drug addict.  Our client walked into a local department store and the detective followed him.  The detective saw our client bending over and cupping something in his hands.  As the detective approached, he saw our client stick a needle in his arm.  The detective arrested our client and seized the hypodermic syringe.  The state laboratory determined there was heroin residue in the syringe.  Our client was charged with possessing heroin and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Ammunition – Dismissed

Police were called to our client’s apartment to investigate the report of gunshots. The police entered our client’s apartment and found an unfired rifle bullet in a room that also contained a bullet hole in the ceiling. The bullet hole in the ceiling matched the unfired bullet found in the room. Our client’s girlfriend confirmed that the apartment belonged to our client. The possession of ammunition charge was dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

The police observed our client and his codefendant sell drugs in a housing project. The police convinced the buyer to become an informant and set up our client. The informant called the codefendant and set up a drug deal in a local convenience store. Our client and the codefendant arrived at the convenience store and our client appeared to be acting as a lookout. When our client was confronted by the police, he attempted to flee the store. Our client and the codefendant were both in possession of drugs and the informant was prepared to testify against them at trial. The convenience store was within 1,000 feet of a school. Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine in a school zone (a charge that carries a two-year mandatory jail sentence), conspiracy, and resisting arrest. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Larceny of a Drug – Dismissed

A local pharmacist reported to the police that her customer’s Oxycontin prescription had been stolen. The police spoke to the clerk who was working at the pharmacy’s desk at the time of the incident. The clerk told the police that our client had driven through the pharmacy’s drive-through window and had misrepresented himself to obtain the stolen prescription. The clerk was able to positively identify our client. He was charged with larceny of a drug, and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Ecstacy – Dismissed

A state trooper stopped our client’s car for several motor vehicle infractions. Upon exiting his car, our client was searched and the trooper found ecstasy. He was charged with possession of ecstasy. His case was dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

A local police department learned that our client was a large-scale drug dealer. The police obtained a search warrant for our client’s apartment, which is within 1,000 feet of a school. During the search, the police found cocaine, a firearm, drug packaging materials, and bills proving that our client lived at the apartment. Our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school (a charge that carries a mandatory two-year jail sentence). The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Ammunition – Dismissed

A police officer observed our client sitting in a car in an abandoned parking lot. The officer approached the car and shined his spotlight into our client’s car. Our client placed an object into the console and the officer ordered him to exit the car. The officer then searched the car and found a box of ammunition in the console. Following a hearing on our motion to suppress evidence, the case was dismissed.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

Police officers observed a man involved in a drug transaction next to a school. The officers ordered the man to stop, but he threw his jacket on the ground and ran away. Inside the jacket, the police discovered 18 bags of cocaine packaged for distribution. The police later identified the man as our client from the police photograph database. In addition to the school zone violation (which carries a mandatory two-year jail sentence), our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – Dismissed

Our client’s car was stopped for a traffic violation. The police officer arrested our client and searched his car. Inside the car was a large amount of marijuana packaged for distribution in several individual plastic bags. There was no evidence to suggest that our client intended to smoke the marijuana himself. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Distribution of a Class E Substance (Xanax) – Dismissed

The police were investigating a report of a car operating erratically. The police located the car in a gas station parking lot. Our client was the passenger in the car. The police observed the driver (our client’s girlfriend) possessing hypodermic needles. The girlfriend was arrested. At the police station, the girlfriend told the police that she was lethargic because our client had given her Xanax. Our client was arrested and charged with distribution of Xanax (a Class E substance). The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Crack Cocaine – Dismissed

Our client was the front passenger in her boyfriend’s car when a state trooper pulled over the car for erratic operation. The trooper approached the car and saw our client kicking an object under her seat. The trooper then searched the car and discovered a crack pipe under our client’s seat. Our client was charged with one count of possession of crack cocaine and the charge was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana – Dismissed

Undercover narcotics detectives were investigating a drug dealing operation allegedly being run from our client’s residence. The detectives identified a drug user leaving the residence and confronted her. The drug user told the police that she had just purchased marijuana from our client. Our client was arrested and charged with possessing marijuana with intent to distribute. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws – Dismissed

Narcotic detectives were working with a confidential informant to purchase heroin. The confidential informant set up a drug buy and the police witnessed the transaction occur in a car. After the informant obtained the heroin, the detectives stopped the car and found our client with the marked money used by the informant to purchase the heroin. The case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Heroin – Dismissed

Our client is a known drug user. A police officer saw him walking on the street clenching his fist. The officer approached and asked our client what he was holding. Our client tried to walk away from the officer, but ultimately admitted that he was carrying heroin. We filed a motion to suppress the heroin, arguing that the police officer violated our client’s constitutional rights. After we filed the motion to suppress, the Commonwealth dismissed the case.

Knowingly Being Present Where Heroin is Kept – Dismissed

Our client was the passenger in a car that was stopped for committing a motor vehicle infraction. The driver did not have a valid license and was removed from the car. During a search of the driver, the police found heroin. The driver told the police he and our client had just purchased the heroin. The police removed our client from the car and he confirmed that he knew about the heroin and was prepared to use it. Our client was charged with knowingly being present where heroin was kept and the case was dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Heroin – Dismissed

A woman told the police that her daughter had suffered from a drug overdose and our client was present during the overdose. The woman also told the police that our client was using her daughter’s truck. The police traveled to our client’s residence and saw him drive the truck into his driveway. The police began to question our client and his passenger about their activities. The police discovered that our client’s license was suspended. The police found cocaine inside the truck and heroin near the front tire of the truck. Our client was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license. All charges were dismissed prior to trial.

Possession of Cocaine – Dismissed

Our client was pulled over for speeding.  The police officer determined that her driver's license was suspended and he placed her under arrest.  During a subsequent search of her car, a packet of cocaine was found in the front console.  Our client admitted the cocaine belonged to her.  In addition to possession of cocaine, our client was charged with operating with a suspended license.  Both charges were dismissed prior to trial.

School Zone Drug Violation – Dismissed

Our client was the passenger in a car that was being followed by narcotics detectives. The detectives believed the driver was selling drugs and our client was acting as his lookout. The police stopped the car and found marijuana they believed was packaged for distribution. In addition to a school zone violation (which carries a mandatory two years in jail) our client was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy. A judge allowed our motion to dismiss all charges.

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