Law enforcement personnel took a pair of individuals from the Boston area into custody on alleged drug charges related to dealing prescription drugs and conspiracy to violate drug laws at Central Square. Police interrupted the alleged drug deal in process.
An undercover officer had the couple under surveillance at a local restaurant. He observed them in a discussion and then watched as the woman allegedly took some cash and discretely counted it, and he noted that the man seemed to be watching her while he talked on his cell phone. The pair walked in and out of the restaurant repeatedly. Law enforcement alleged the woman gave the man money and reported that the man gave the woman an unknown object in return.
After the arrest of the couple, a search of the woman revealed two different types of prescriptions, which totaled 40 prescription pills, along with one bottle. The man had almost $200 in his possession.
Massachusetts, like many other states, enforces mandatory sentencing laws for drug offenses. This means that even a seemingly minor violation could result in a mandatory jail sentence for someone, even if it is a first offense. This means it is crucial for someone who is charged in such a case to have legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, a drug treatment program could serve to offset some time in custody. Drug treatment programs benefit defendants by helping them work toward becoming clean and sober and relieving taxpayers of the burden of supporting them while they serve a prison term.
Source: Wicked Local Cambridge, "Cambridge police interrupt drug deal in Central Square," Nov. 23, 2012