Bedford Police sent out a release tonight on a significant drug bust in their town that was made on Friday night, at the end of an investigation by Bedford and the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force that lasted several months.
Bedford Officer Michael Sullivan, a member of the task force and the lead investigator on this case, conducted surveillance from Bedford to Lawrence, and on Friday night wrapped things up with a traffic stop on Burlington Road in Bedford, where Philip Hartmann, 19, of Bedford, was stopped.
Police say they found this in the 2003 BMW Hartmann was driving:
Police seized the car, the cash, and those pills, which police say are Oxycodone, also known as “Perc 30’s.”
Police estimate the pills would be worth over $8,000 on the street, and said they weighed over 28 grams, which led them to charge Hartmann with trafficking a class A substance (over 28 grams). He’s looking at a mandatory minimum 7 years in prison if convicted on that count.
Bedford Police Chief Robert Bongiorno said the arrest shows his department’s commitment to keeping Oxycodone out of town.
Hartmann was arraigned today and held on $3,000 cash bail, according to Bedford Police.
Considering the damage it’s done and lives it’s claimed in other towns, I think that sounds like a swell idea. Oxycodone, and Percocets in particular, are a pretty basic step on the path from seemingly harmless pills, to opiate addiction, to heroin addition, to the very very bottom of the barrel.