Articles Posted in Drug and Gun Crimes

In a sharply-divided opinion published yesterday, the Massachusetts Appeals Court reversed a district court judge’s decision that Chelsea police officers had conducted an unlawful strip search on a suspected drug dealer.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AgogoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday ruled that drugs seized pursuant to a search warrant will be admissible at the defendant’s trial, despite the fact that the controlled buy that led to the issuance of the search warrant was defective.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. MonteiroContinue reading ›

In a split-decision, the Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed the conviction of a man who was found guilty of selling cocaine in Lawrence, despite the absence of testimony from any witness who saw the transaction.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. AlvaradoContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today reversed the murder conviction of an alleged drug dealer who was accused of shooting to death another drug dealer in a Boston apartment.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. DraytonContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday ruled that Northeastern University police officers unconstitutionally detained a man who was later found to be carrying a handgun.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HarrisContinue reading ›

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today affirmed a drug dealer’s conviction despite the prosecution’s improper admission of so-called negative profiling evidence against him.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. SutherlandContinue reading ›

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 ›