Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld the heroin trafficking and school zone convictions against a man who was dealing heroin near an elementary school in Billerica.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Polanco. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reversed a man’s conviction for heroin trafficking when it was discovered that disgraced former state chemist Annie Dookhan had analyzed the purported drugs and the prosecutor did not present sufficient independent evidence to establish the substance in question was heroin.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Rodriguez. Continue Reading

In a troubling decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a district court judge’s ruling that allowed a police officer to seize the defendant, later found to be carrying a gun, for no reason other than he was walking next to a man who was wanted for a prior shooting.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RamirezContinue Reading

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office was forced to dismiss drug dealing charges against Attorney Chris Spring’s client this week after a judge allowed Attorney Spring’s motion to suppress the seized heroin and cocaine. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today ruled it was proper for a Suffolk Superior Court judge to prohibit certain individuals from attending a murder trial with overtones of gang violence and witness intimidation.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. FernandesContinue Reading

Following a recent evidentiary hearing in Lowell District Court, a judge has ruled that Attorney Chris Spring’s client was subjected to an unconstitutional interrogation by Lowell police officers that led to the discovery of heroin.  Because of the officers’ improper conduct, the judge suppressed the drugs and the assistant district attorney was forced to dismiss the case. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court yesterday affirmed the murder conviction of a man who helped his codefendant gun down a 14-year-old boy on a Dorchester street.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LopesContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a Maine man’s convictions for illegally possessing two loaded guns in Boston, even though the assistant district attorney asked a series of inappropriate questions to one of the defendant’s witnesses.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. KnowlesContinue Reading

A Lowell District Court judge today ruled a Billerica police officer violated Attorney Chris Spring’s client’s constitutional rights when he searched the defendant’s car without his consent.  As a result, the case against the defendant has been dismissed. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that Springfield police officers lacked constitutional authority to search a car associated with an alleged drug dealer which resulted in the seizure of a large amount of heroin and a gun.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LunaContinue Reading