HEROIN RING: Retired Burlington polic...

HEROIN RING: Retired Burlington police officer, son among 7 cha...

There are 199 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 11, 2010, titled HEROIN RING: Retired Burlington police officer, son among 7 cha.... In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Investigators say they had been listening to wiretaps since December, taking notes as a retired Burlington police officer and his son discussed large-scale heroin deals, and watching while the two drove to and from those deals.

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Double Edged Sword

Woburn, MA

#23 Feb 11, 2010
Dry TaxPayer wrote:
These two A-holes are being held on "$10,000 cash bail"?!?!?! Are you kidding me!?! "Being held"? Like they don't that much hidden away somewhere for a relative to come and bail them out? And the other losers get even LOWER bails!
These people are MURDERERS! When is this country going to start treating drug dealers like the murderers they are? And I've heard the argument for why bails are set so low: greedy old Massachusetts keeps the bails low so that they make money. If the bails were set as high as they should be, no one would post bail and the state wouldn't make money. PLEASE!
We should lock these pieces of crap up and throw away the damn keys! The ONLY thing worse than a drug dealer is a cop-turned-drug dealer. We should all feel deeply betrayed by this ****.
You don't get your bail money back -- ever? I assumed that if you showed up for court, trial, etc. you get your $ back. What about when someone puts their house up for a loved one???
A MOM

Dover, MA

#24 Feb 11, 2010
I live in Burlington and I can tell you we have A LOT of good cops in Burlington. Glad this one is not on the force anymore. I would have the town look into his "retired from the Police Department in 2002 after being on disability from 1999 to 2002."

Your not retired if your still maken money!

This is why our taxes are going up and up and up! Burlington is a great town to live in and the schools and teachers are also great. We have a wonderful DEAR program as well.

I hope this EX-COP does not get another cent from us tax payers!
Steve

Burlington, MA

#25 Feb 11, 2010
latinlady wrote:
<quoted text> so true maybe they paid off the judge thats why there bail is so low u think
Hmmmmm, where to begin with this one. First off, stop watching so much tv. Second, start reading the newspaper to see the bails that are set (or not set in most cases) here in the Commonwealth. The fact that they were wrapped up with 10K bail is sending a message in the eyes of the DA. Now if this were New Hampshire or another normal thinking state they would be held outright with no bail, but I'll take the 10K.
Sally B

Merrimack, NH

#26 Feb 11, 2010
What is happening to the people around us?
Politicians, lawyers, police, firefighters, bankers etc.!!! People we used to be able to depend on and trust are now among those we have to suspect and see doing such criminal activities. I have seen corruption with my own eyes and have lost respect for some in the Burlinton PoliceDept.
When a friend was severely beaten by a relative of one of their force, they managed to keep everything quiet and no penalties were ever given!! It really is SADDDD!!!
Smitty

Chicago, IL

#27 Feb 11, 2010
nick wrote:
Good riddance. I personally know two people who have died from the heroin mike sold. And the Woburn police are partly to blame for letting them deal for so long fully knowing about their operation. Good job to the state police for finally doing something about this problem in Woburn. Have fun in jail losers
rennolds never got busted because he was an informant for the woburn police its a known fact. he set up richie brown years ago and has been working as informant ever since. last year he was bragging on this site even on how he was too smart to get caught. the wpd are just as guilty as him if you ask me for not busting him 3 years ago. in that time how many people OD and died off the heroin they sold? scumbags, all of them. and im glad to see that fat junkie loser derek finally get caught after all the tough guy bragging he has been doing for 4 years now. he too was on this site bragging about being a dealer and covering for rennolds.
sad to say it but I bet neither one of them will do any hard time they are known as snitches so as we speak they are probably giving up everyone they possibly can to save their own rat a$$es. pathetic. I hope the state police investigate the woburn pd involvement in all this and find out why they didnt move on these scumbags sooner.
joe mamma

Burlington, MA

#28 Feb 11, 2010
Sally B wrote:
What is happening to the people around us?
Politicians, lawyers, police, firefighters, bankers etc.!!! People we used to be able to depend on and trust are now among those we have to suspect and see doing such criminal activities. I have seen corruption with my own eyes and have lost respect for some in the Burlinton PoliceDept.
When a friend was severely beaten by a relative of one of their force, they managed to keep everything quiet and no penalties were ever given!! It really is SADDDD!!!
sally were have you beenits always been that way & allways will be
Freedom_First

Abington, MA

#29 Feb 11, 2010
red wrote:
As someone who lost a son to this crap, I hope they make an example out this creep. And stop the manufacturing of oxycontin that's what gets the kids hooked, because its a prescription drug they think its safe, and once they can't afford that crap the Heroin dealers get them. This country can't have it both way's peddling Oxycontin and arresting Herion dealers its all the same. they both lead down the same path =(pain, suffering, death) read a few of these on how bad this issues is.
http://www.prescriptionaddictionradio.com/ban...
Red -- Your son, like many others, is a victim of the drug war, not drugs. Overdoses are caused by adulterated, improperly labeled, and improperly manufactured drugs produced by the current illegalization war. Legalized, pure drugs packaged in safe doses are 100% safe. It is impossible to accidently overdose on properly labeled drugs that are packaged in safe doses just like it is impossible to accidently jump off a tall building. It is impossible to accidently take thirty or forty pills when you only wanted to take two or three. The stupidist person in the world could not do so. Even if there was such a stupid person, he would not have to die because there are antidotes that are 100% effective. The reason why these antidotes are not available to those who would need them is because they are illegal. Drug fighters and illegalizers are responsible for every accidental death due to an overdose.

The biggest danger to young people is to murdered, assaulted, robbed, and arrested by the armies of government and private thugs that have been produced and sustained by this evil war against human beings and their families. People are also endangered by all of the adulterated drugs produced by prohibition wars.

Rick Freedom_First at verizon.net
Freedom_First

Abington, MA

#33 Feb 11, 2010
Accidental overdoses are caused by adulterated, improperly labeled, and improperly manufactured drugs produced by the current illegalization war. Legalized, pure drugs packaged in safe doses are 100% safe. It is impossible to accidentally overdose on properly labeled drugs that are packaged in safe doses just like it is impossible to accidentally jump off a tall building. It is impossible to accidentally take thirty or forty pills when you only wanted to take two or three. The stupidist person in the world could not do so. Even if there was such a stupid person, he would not have to die because there are antidotes that are 100% effective. The reason why these antidotes are not available to those who would need them is because they are illegal. Drug fighters and illegalizers are responsible for every accidental death due to an overdose.

The biggest danger to young people is to murdered, assaulted, robbed, and arrested by the armies of government and private thugs that have been produced and sustained by this evil war against human beings and their families. People are also endangered by all of the adulterated drugs produced by prohibition wars.

Rick Freedom_First at verizon.net
someone who knows

Bolton, MA

#35 Feb 11, 2010
they are deleting them as I post them... i thought that there was freedom of speech here in the united states?
Freedom_First

Abington, MA

#36 Feb 11, 2010
Drug fighters and illegalizers are NOT the good guys. Likewise for those who support all other laws that criminalize peaceful behavior. Here are the facts:

According to Constitutional law and the natural laws of justice, adults who exercise their natural rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness are not criminals no matter what any man-made law may say. Adults who refuse to be told what they may eat, drink, smoke, or otherwise ingest are not criminals anymore than those who refuse to be told what they may read, write, think, or believe.

Drug fighters and illegalizers are criminals because they kill, assault, rob, and arrest peaceful human beings. They are also terrorists because they target civilians.

The people who founded this country were smugglers, gun owners, and tax resistors. The Founders did not recognize the authority of any government to interfere with honest trade, peaceful behavior, or the right to bear arms. Ultimately, they refused to be stopped and searched for guns and contraband. These facts are the origin of the Second and Fourth Amendments, the heart and soul of this Republic.

Thus, drug fighters and illegalizers are traitors in addition to being violent criminals and terrorists.

The "war on drugs" is a lie. In fact, it is a war against people and their freedoms. It is human beings, not drugs, who are being killed, assaulted, robbed and arrested. Hundreds of millions of honest, decent people have been declared criminals by thousands of U.S. drug laws. This holy war against human beings who have been labeled evil substance abusers, is now the biggest witch hunt in history.

Contrary to government war propaganda, "drugs" are not evil substances that destroy all those who come in contact with them unless they are protected by a magic piece of paper called a "license" or "prescription". This war hype is voodoo nonsense. Inert substances have no will and can't cause anything. It is illegalization that makes drugs dangerous. Illegalization produces adulterated, improperly labeled, and improperly manufactured drugs. Legalized, pure drugs packaged in safe doses are 100% safe. It is impossible to accidently overdose on properly labeled drugs that are packaged in safe doses.

The major drugs in the world -- alcohol, cocaine, opiates, and cannabis -- are valuable medicines which have served mankind for thousands of years. These naturally produced medicines are also the safest drugs. Preparations of coca, opium, cannabis, and alcohol have been safely produced and consumed for centuries. These drugs belong in every medicine kit. In addition to medicinal uses, these much-valued herbal medicines also have religeous, ceremonial, and recreational uses.

Drug laws and other prohibition laws contradict basic principles of freedom. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded."

Rick Freedom_First at verizon.net
someone who knows

Bolton, MA

#37 Feb 11, 2010
nice, mention freedom of speech and they put them back up...lol
Red

Lynn, MA

#38 Feb 11, 2010
Meto if you need any help or some suggestions Iwould be glad to help, its tough when they are of age, but I would find a way to get contact info to you.
Woburn Resident

Lynn, MA

#39 Feb 11, 2010
Freedom_First wrote:
Legalized, pure drugs packaged in safe doses are 100% safe.
You sir, are an idiot. Do you really think drugs like heroin and coke should be legalized? Even properly labeled doses could kill someone the first time they take it. These are hard narcotics you are talking about, some peoples bodies can just take them the wrong way.
Even if they were legalized, this 100% safe heroin you claim exists would become useless after using it a few times, due to the high tolerance and dependency of the drug and it would still be extremely addictive. And what do you think the users will do when they run out of money to buy it legally? They will be stealing and robbing just the same as if it were illegal.
Pot is one thing, but you are seriously retarded if you think heroin, coke, crack etc. should be legalized.
umyeah

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#40 Feb 11, 2010
someone who knows wrote:
nice, mention freedom of speech and they put them back up...lol
you're a nut.

you sound totally biased. Are you high on your "safe" drugs when you type that?
someone who knows

Bolton, MA

#41 Feb 11, 2010
umyeah wrote:
<quoted text>
you're a nut.
you sound totally biased. Are you high on your "safe" drugs when you type that?
hey, they took down two of my posts, then put them back up after i said that about freedom of speech...

you should maybe learn the meaning of big words like biased before you use them...lol
Freedom_First

Abington, MA

#42 Feb 11, 2010
"You sir, are an idiot."

And you, sir, need a lesson in manners.

"Even properly labeled doses could kill someone the first time they take it. "

Where did they hide the billion bodies of those who
took prescription opiates?

"And what do you think the users will do when they run out of money to buy it legally? They will be stealing and robbing just the same as if it were illegal."

In a free market, any adult would be able to by
five pounds of heroin or cocaine for a few dollars in any grocery store. And, it is you who are robbing them by making them pay more.

Opiates and cocaine were legal for thousands of years and there was never any crime associated with
them.
Pharma Ted

Lowell, MA

#43 Feb 11, 2010
Freedom_First wrote:
"You sir, are an idiot."
And you, sir, need a lesson in manners.
"Even properly labeled doses could kill someone the first time they take it. "
Where did they hide the billion bodies of those who
took prescription opiates?
"And what do you think the users will do when they run out of money to buy it legally? They will be stealing and robbing just the same as if it were illegal."
In a free market, any adult would be able to by
five pounds of heroin or cocaine for a few dollars in any grocery store. And, it is you who are robbing them by making them pay more.
Opiates and cocaine were legal for thousands of years and there was never any crime associated with
them.
Cocaine hasn't been around for thousands of years. It has to be processed into an alkaline from the coca leaf before it becomes cocaine. Opiates followed a similar process to end up as the tablets they are today. Thousands of years ago Opium was smoked and then in the 1800's made into elixers. Drugs like Heroin and Morphine were discovered around the time of WWII using the analgesic compounds of Opium.

Also yes there have been thousands of Opiate realted deaths in Massachusetts in the last 2 years.
Pharma Ted

Lowell, MA

#44 Feb 11, 2010
oops that was related and also WW I not II
01460Littleton

Colchester, CT

#45 Feb 11, 2010
Double Edged Sword wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't get your bail money back -- ever? I assumed that if you showed up for court, trial, etc. you get your $ back. What about when someone puts their house up for a loved one???
You get the bail back...after the case is over. If you don't run.
Woburn Resident

Lynn, MA

#46 Feb 11, 2010
"Where did they hide the billion bodies of those who
took prescription opiates?"

Take 5 seconds and google opiate overdose. It's completely possible to overdose on any form of opiate, and has been for hundreds of years.(from webmd (Opium itself causes severe long lasting withdrawal symptoms as opposed to its derivative counterpart’s morphine and heroin. Heroin withdrawal on the other hand is quite severe compared to methadone. The importance of understanding how opiate doses affect someone helps doctors prescribe pain medications and life saving respiratory inhibitors such as codeine and hydro-codone. At the same time misuse of these drugs can cause severe damage and even death to users. Opiate overdose is possible from any derivative of the drug including prescribed medications such as codeine and hydro-codone.)

"In a free market, any adult would be able to by
five pounds of heroin or cocaine for a few dollars in any grocery store."

This is that 100% safe dose you were talking about? Five pounds of heroin for a few dollars? You cant seriously think someone could do more than an ounce and still be breathing, do you? Addicts would be dropping like flies. I do agree that it should be a legal substance for certain medical situations like how morphine is used, but there would be a whole world full of brain dead moron drug addicts if you could buy five pounds for a few bucks.

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