Massachusettes Bust

  1. Massachusettes Bust

    Check this story out. Courtesy of Pittbull from WWBB.

    Mass. man arrested, charged in Litchfield steroid case

    By STEPHANIE HOOPER, Telegraph Staff

    Published: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004

    LITCHFIELD - A Massachusetts man faces felony drug and other charges after he was allegedly caught picking up a package containing an estimated $20,000 in anabolic steroids that had just been delivered to a local residence.

    Sean O’Brien, 33, of 5 Raynor St. in Lowell, Mass., was arrested Tuesday at about 3:25 p.m. after state and local police surrounded his car on Route 3 in the area of Sterling Road, just minutes after the alleged pick-up, according to New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Ellen Arcieri.

    O’Brien, who was driving a white Pontiac Grand Prix at the time of his arrest, had allegedly attempted to elude the officers who were monitoring the delivery of the package to a nearby residence, said Arcieri, a member of the department’s Narcotics Investigation Unit.

    The package, containing 246 vials of the body- and mind-altering drug, was allegedly seized from the trunk of the car after the arrest, she said.

    O’Brien was arraigned Wednesday in Merrimack District Court on a charge of possession of a controlled drug with the intent to sell as well as resisting arrest and disobeying a police officer for first failing to stop the car, then allegedly refusing to exit the vehicle and forcing the officers to remove him from it.

    Police believe O’Brien supplies the drug to weight lifters in the New England area, according to a statement from New Hampshire State Police.

    The arrest came after approximately two months of investigation, which began with U.S. Postal Service Inspectors in Massachusetts, and eventually involved officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, New Hampshire State Police and Litchfield police.

    According to Arcieri, New Hampshire State Police became involved when U.S. Postal inspectors in Massachusetts contacted members of the drug unit Monday, requesting assistance in obtaining a search warrant for the package that was being held at a U.S. postal center in Manchester.

    A search warrant was later obtained and the steroids, a type manufactured in Mexico for use on animals, were discovered inside the box, Arcieri said.

    Investigators believed the drugs had been smuggled into California from Mexico, where they were then shipped to New Hampshire.

    After the contents of the package were verified, a sting operation was organized to monitor the package’s delivery to the Litchfield residence, she said.

    Arcieri would not identify the address the package was addressed to, but said the residence was not a vacant address and that O’Brien knew the occupants.

    The package was delivered by a commercial courier service to the residence Tuesday at 3:05 p.m., at which time O’Brien was seen driving around the neighborhood in the Pontiac shortly before and after the delivery, Arcieri said.

    “He was driving around the area for no particular reason but to make sure the package arrived and that no one was sitting on it waiting for him when it did,? Arcieri said.

    About 15 minutes after the delivery, Arcieri said O’Brien ran up to the residence and retrieved the package, then got back in the car and fled the area, almost striking several police vehicles that made attempts to stop his vehicle.

    The car was eventually stopped four minutes later on Route 3 after a cement truck blocked his path, she said.

    Police later determined that O’Brien had allegedly used a personal digital assistant to determine the exact time the package would be delivered to the residence, according to the police statement.

    Following his arraignment Wednesday morning, O’Brien was transferred to the Valley Street jail where he was being held Wednesday night in lieu of $75,000 cash bail.


  2. The dude had it all planned out...except for his escape plan if things went to ****. And to **** they went.

  3. That sucks.

  4. There's no escape in that situation..he messed up by not picking up on the surveillance in the first place.

    So how many years is he looking at? Possession, distribution..probably some international/interstate shipping violations...ouch.

  5. 246vials, assuming 10mL each, is quite a large amount. Notice, law enforcement had been watching him for 2 months.

  6. I'll see if I can do some digging, this is in my area..

  7. Quote Originally Posted by bioman
    So how many years is he looking at? Possession, distribution..probably some international/interstate shipping violations...ouch.
    It all depends if it goes local or federal. Another big factor depends on what info/who he is giving up. I read another article where he had worked with postal inspectors another incident where he was caught. So, I'm sure he was being watched and red flagged after that.

    In Ca., if it's a first offense, he would get a minimum of 2-years with parole eligibility in 1-year. Maximum would probably be 5-7 years. It all depends on how they stack the charges, and the persons arrest history. With the public attention of the ban and Balco scandal, I would think they may try to make an "example" out of this guy and milk it for what they can with the press.


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