Cocaine and heroin distribution ring

I haven’t blogged or Tweeted much tonight because I started my day faced with the need to read a 97-page long affidavit emailed to me by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

And that was before I started writing my story.

A man who spent about 5 days a week living at 5 Riverhurst Road, Unit 720, in Billerica, is named in the affidavit as one of the ringleaders of a cocaine and heroin distribution ring that spread dozens of kilos of cocaine around Eastern Massachusetts after getting it from a Providence, R.I. man who’s sources are in Mexico.

Another man, Freddie Morales-Lugo, who I blogged about back in December, is also among the 20 men charged with conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine in U.S. District Court in Boston.

I don’t have a lot of details on all this, though my story is very long.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the DEA have not yet officially announced the arrests, so no one is willing to comment quite yet. Sending me the redacted affidavit is the only thing the U.S. Attorney’s Office would do since the affidavit is the only document that has been unsealed in the case so far. Continue reading

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Armed robbery for Adderall

Here’s something I haven’t seen before.

A 19-year-old Lowell man, Joshua Brand, is being held on a single count of armed robbery after police say he passed a note at the CVS pharmacy at 1815 Middlesex Street this morning at 12:15 a.m., and demanded bottles of the ADHD drug Adderall.

Police say the note suggested Brand had a gun, and that he escaped the store with six bottles of the prescription drug, which has grown in popularity in recent years as many students use it, often without a prescription, to aid their studies.

Police were called to the store for a report of a robbery in progress at 12:15 a.m., and officers were warned that the suspect was potentially armed.

The suspect was described as a white male, in his 20’s, in a black sweatshirt.

Police say Officers Timothy Whalen and Jason Gatto spotted a man fitting that description on Middlesex Street as they sped toward the store, and  stopped him with help from a UMass Lowell police officer.

Police say they found six bottles of Adderall and a note still in the man’s pocket. Continue reading

Tewksbury Police – The Freshmaker!

I’m pretty sure this isn’t what the folks at Mentos had in mind when they described their product as “the freshmaker.”

A 19-year-old Lawrence man was locked up on Tuesday after Tewksbury Police conducting surveillance stopped a suspicious vehicle near Kennedy Road.

Police say they called a Massachusetts State Police canine to the scene, and the dog sniffed out what is pictured above. Continue reading

Extensive cultivation business

If you, like me, have ever been skeptical when police use words like “extensive” when describing marijuana growing operations, lets take a look at this photo together.

Below is a photograph Burlington Police took after they served a search warrant last week at the 116 Lexington Street home of Daniel Gentile, 37.

The reflective material on the walls is one thing, but that ventilation system looks like something I’d expect to see in a spacecraft. Continue reading

Bathrobe, Simpsons pajamas and work boots

That’s what Luis Concepcion, 53, of 1301 Middlesex St., Unit 5, in Lowell, was wearing tonight as he was led to a prison transport wagon.

I don’t think Concepcion was really prepared for the NEMLEC SWAT team that used stun grenades to enter his apartment and help Lowell detectives serve a search warrant tonight about 8:30 p.m.

Inside the apartment, police say they found over 100 grams of cocaine and about 10 grams of heroin. Concepcion, despite the swanky clothes, now faces a mandatory minimum 10 years in prison on a count of trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine.

He is also charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy. Police tell me they are also seeking a second person in connection with the raid.

Capt. Jonathan Webb didn’t want to elaborate much on why Lowell Police asked for SWAT assistance on this warrant, but he said the move was meant to protect both officers and residents.

Concepcion was also arrested in 2010, accused of possession of heroin.

In October of 2011, he faced a slew of charges, after police accused him of being drunk and refusing to stop for officers as he drove the wrong way down Pawtucket Boulevard with an open container of alcohol and presription pills in a vehicle with him, according to reports published at the time.

Concepcion was released on personal recognizance at his arraignment on those charges.

UPDATE: Luis Concepcion is being held on $5,000 cash bail. His son, Abraham Concepcion, 22, turned himself in at the Lowell Police station today about 2 p.m. He is charged with trafficking over 100 grams of cocaine. He will be arraigned Wednesday in Lowell District Court.

Bedford police seize Oxycodone and car

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.

And death.

Gunshot fired at Englesby School in Dracut

It’s school vacation week in Dracut and there are no students around at the Christos Daoulas Education Complex.

Thank God.

The fact that it’s school vacation week and the complex is empty at night is reportedly why a drug dealer suggested a meeting with would-be customers in the complex on Tuesday night.

The drug dealer met the boys in the Englesby parking lot, ended up pulling a gun, firing a gunshot into the air, and then carjacking the two teenage Dracut boys who wanted to buy some weed from him.

I first blogged about this last night only moments after it was reported, but I’m swamped tonight, so here is my story on the matter now that I’ve talked to the Deputy Chief about it.

By Robert Mills
rmills@lowellsun.com
DRACUT — A single gunshot was fired into the air in the parking lot of the Englesby Intermediate School on Tuesday night as two teenagers were carjacked during a drug deal gone bad, police said.
Police said a 17-year-old Dracut boy and a 19-year-old Dracut boy told police they arranged to buy marijuana from a drug dealer they had met in Lowell, and that they met the dealer in the parking lot of Family Pizza, 1595 Lakeview Ave., about 9:10 p.m.
The drug dealer arrived in a dark-colored Buick, accompanied by two other men and a woman.
The drug dealer suggested everyone move to the Englesby parking lot within the school complex across the street, since it was dark and secluded during school vacation week, according to Deputy Chief David Chartrand.
The drug dealer and another man got into the back of a red Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by the would-be teenage customers.
The teenagers told police there was an argument over the price of the marijuana, the drug dealer pulled out a silver revolver with a black handle, and demanded the teenage boys hand over their wallets.
Police said the dealer then ordered the teenagers out of the Jeep, told them the gun was real, and fired a single gunshot into the air to prove it. The dealer then got into the Jeep and drove away from the scene with the Buick he arrived in following close behind.
Dracut Police were called to the school complex about 9:30 p.m., and immediately asked surrounding towns to be on the lookout for the Jeep.
The red Jeep was found abandoned on Patricia Lane, near New Boston Road, about 10:30 p.m. It was empty. Police are still searching for the Buick.
Chartrand said neither of the teenage victims is a Dracut High School student. He said the 17-year-old is a high school student, but he declined to identify what school that boy attends.
The drug dealer is described as a Hispanic male, 20 to 23-years-old, 6’2 to 6’3, about 200 pounds, with short, black hair.
The man who got into the Jeep with the drug dealer was a black male, 5’5 to 5’7, about 150 pounds.
The two people who stayed in the Buick were described as a Hispanic male, 19 to 20-years-old, 5’10 to 6 feet tall, about 175 pounds; and a white female, about 5’7, heavyset, with dirty blonde shoulder length hair.
Anyone with information on those individuals is asked to call Dracut Police at 978-957-2123.