Massachusetts Police Arrest Suspects in Prescription Drug Smuggling Ring

Massachusetts police spend a great deal of energy and resources investigating and arresting people for drug related offenses. An example of the way authorities focus their attention on suspected drug offenders is the arrests of three Massachusetts men for suspected Oxycodone trafficking. People charged with drug trafficking offenses in Massachusetts can face serious penalties if convicted.

Details of the Allegations

Massachusetts State Drug Police arrested three men in connection with an Oxycodone smuggling ring on November 25, 2011. According to statements from the Braintree Sheriff's Office, police from Duxbury, Marshfield, Norwood and Quincy had assisted the state Drug Police in investigating James Hughes, Edward P. Hartnett and Brian Denoncourt on suspicion for smuggling the prescription drugs for two months prior to their arrests.

The Braintree Patch reported that police followed Hughes after he picked up 2,500 Oxycodone pills through a legal prescription he had. Hughes took the pills to Hartnett's bike shop, Bikerz Finest Motorcycle. Police searched Hughes after he left the shop and found $15,000 in cash on him. Police then obtained a search warrant for the bike shop and found the 2,500 Oxycodone pills, an additional $5,100 in cash and two stun guns. One thousand of the Oxycodone pills police found were in Denoncourt's jacket.

All three men were charged with trafficking in Oxycodone over 200 mg and conspiracy to violate the Controlled Substances Act. Hartnett and Denoncourt face additional charges of possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Penalties for Trafficking Prescription Drugs

Massachusetts mirrors federal law by classifying drugs into schedules, and then basing penalties for possession and trafficking according to where a given drug is on the schedule. Oxycodone and other potent prescription painkillers are Class A or B substances.

Those convicted of trafficking a Class A substance face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, and possibly as many as 20 years depending on the amount of drugs involved. Those convicted of trafficking a Class B drug face a mandatory minimum of three years in prison, and could receive a sentence for up to 20 years in prison depending on the amount of drugs involved.

Consult an Attorney

Massachusetts authorities take drug offenses very seriously and will prosecute suspects to the fullest extent possible. If you are facing drug charges, do not hesitate to contact an experienced drug charges attorney who can help protect your rights.