Massachusetts State Police, local fire department respond to truck fire, exploding fuel tank

“Massachusetts State Police in Millbury responded to a truck fire on Route 495 North in Milford.

The driver kept attempting to go back to get his belongings until a Trooper told him to stop and had him stand behind the cover of a Good Samaritan pickup truck that had pulled over nearby. The fuel tank blew up less than 30 seconds after the Trooper moved him away from the truck.

The fire spread quickly up the rock wall, but Milford and Hopkinton fire were on the scene.

It’s moments like these that remind us how important our members are – they truly save lives in the blink of an eye.” -State Police Association of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts man sentenced to prison for child pornography offenses

“A Seekonk man was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston on charges of child pornography.

Sean J. Trahan, 45, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to 126 months in prison and five years of supervised release. On Oct. 19, 2021, Trahan pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child pornography and one count of access with intent to view child pornography.

Trahan was convicted following two separate investigations into his child pornography activities. An undercover investigation revealed that Trahan used the dark web to access child pornography in February 2015. In October 2015, Trahan was arrested and charged after a search of his residence revealed images of child pornography on his personal computer. At the time of his arrest, Trahan stated that he had accessed sites containing child pornography.

Trahan was released on conditions, including cell phone monitoring. On Sept. 8, 2021, he was arrested for violating conditions of his release and has remained in custody since then.

In October 2021, Trahan was charged in a superseding Information after a further investigation connected Trahan with a username that posted child pornography in a Kik messenger group. Another search of Trahan’s residence in September 2021 revealed child pornography on Trahan’s tablet.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division, made the announcement. Valuable assistance was provided by the Winnebago (Wis.) Sherriff’s Office and the Seekonk Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney James D. Herbert of Rollins’ Criminal Division prosecuted the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.” -Massachusetts Department of Justice.

City of New Bedford puts two new ambulances into service for community

“Two new ambulances are now in service for the City’s Emergency Medical Services team. EMS Director Mike Thomas said the trucks are Ford 550s and have a combined cost of about $700,000, funded by the City last year.

Medic 1 will serve the West End, and Medic 2 will serve the South End, out of the South Public Safety Center. Both trucks have features including air filtration systems that use UV light to neutralize airborne pollutants and bacteria, essential for deterring the spread of COVID-19.

An additional two ambulances are on order, in an unprecedented upgrade for the fleet. “We’ve never had four new trucks at once,” Thomas said.” -City of New Bedford.

City of New Bedford photo.

New Bedford Police Department arrest juvenile with guns, 9th firearm seized this month

“New Bedford police detectives have seized two firearms from a juvenile, marking nine illegal weapons taken off of the streets since the beginning of the month.

On May 10th, 2022, detectives assigned to the Organized Crime Intelligence Bureau executed a search warrant at an apartment in the “Shawmut Village” housing development. The target of the investigation was a juvenile.

After being stopped outside the residence by detectives, the juvenile was found to have a waistband-held Glock 44, .22 caliber handgun loaded with 10 rounds of ammunition.

Upon a subsequent search of the apartment, a high-capacity Mossberg 718T rifle which was loaded with 22 rounds of ammunition was discovered. An additional 43 rounds of 380 ammunition, 133 rounds of .22 ammunition and 6 rounds of 9mm ammunition were discovered. Both weapons had defaced serial numbers.

The juvenile was taken into custody and charged with a variety of weapons related offenses including carrying a loaded firearm and ammunition without license, possession of a high capacity feeding device, and improper storage.

The arresting officer was Samuel Algarin-Mojica.

Since May 1st, New Bedford police officers have now taken 9 illegal firearms off the street and out of the hands of those who would do harm. If you have any information on criminal activity in your neighborhood, the New Bedford Police Dept. wants to hear from you. You can leave an anonymous tip on our voicemail at (508) 991-6300 Ext. 1. You can also leave a tip at our website, www.newbedfordpd.com.” -” -New Bedford Police Department.

“Operation Clean Sweep” seeks volunteers for upcoming South End of New Bedford clean-up

When: Saturday, May 21st, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Meet at the Orpheum Theatre parking lot, 1005 S. Water St. New Bedford, MA

Volunteers will be cleaning up the Southend Neighborhoods. You can pre-register online.

• Free t-shirts to all volunteers
• Gloves and tools provided
• Wear closed-toe shoes
• If unvaccinated, wear a mask
• Review the safety notes here
• Walk-ins welcome


Upcoming Cleanups:

• June 18th – Purchase Street area, set up at Servpro
• July 16th – West End, Southcoast Hospitals Group
• August 27th or about that date will be Palmer Island
• September 17th – World Cleanup Day, to be determined

Boston Police Department launch investigation after woman stabbed to death in Mattapan

Death Investigation in the Area of Rosewood Street in Mattapan.

At about 9:40 PM, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, officers assigned to District E-18 (Hyde Park), responded to a call for a person stabbed in the area of Rosewood Street in Mattapan.

Upon arrival, officers observed an adult female suffering from apparent stab wounds. The female victim was pronounced on scene.

The Boston Police Department is actively reviewing the facts and circumstances surrounding this incident and is asking anyone with information relative to this investigation to contact Boston Police Homicide Detectives at (617) 343-4470.

Community members wishing to assist this investigation anonymously can do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Tip Line at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or by texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to assist this investigation in an anonymous manner.

To those who find themselves in need of emotional support or simply needing to talk to someone about distressing events in our community, the Boston Neighborhood Trauma Team (NTT) provides free, private support 24/7 at (617) 431-0125 or by visiting BPHC.org/trauma.” -Boston Police Department.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper play “Taps” for Maine police officers killed in the line of duty

“Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Michael Crowley had the honor of playing Taps yesterday for the annual service at the state of Maine’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

The memorial is located in Augusta. In addition to his regular duties as a patrol supervisor, Sgt. Crowley is the Massachusetts State Police’s ceremonial bugler. He is seen in these photos with the Maine State Police Honor Guard, who invited him to play at the service.” -Massachusetts State Police.

Massachusetts State Police photo.

Massachusetts multi-agency “Operation Shore Thing” investigation nets Fentanyl, pills, 7 arrests

“‘Operation Shore Thing,’ a multi-jurisdictional year-long extensive investigation into a narcotics trafficking ring operating in and around Taunton and Fall River, has resulted in the seizure of approximately $350,000 worth of fentanyl and oxycodone, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III and State Police Superintendent, Col. Christopher Mason announced.

In all, “Operation Shore Thing” resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,950 grams of fentanyl, 4,310 oxycodone tablets, 51 grams of crack cocaine, two illegal firearm and $75,000 in cash.

“I’m very pleased this investigation, in collaboration with the CINRET Unit of the state police and others, resulted in the dismantling of a large scale fentanyl distribution ring that was connected to a number of communities in our county,” District Attorney Quinn said. “The investigation involved the seizure of just under two kilos of fentanyl, thousands of oxycodone pills and other narcotics that contribute to the drug problem in our community, and sadly result in fatal overdoses. We will continue to investigate these drug organizations and hold people accountable for contributing to the ongoing addiction problems in our communities.”

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn’s Office photo.

For more than a year, the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction Enforcement Team (CINRET) South task force and prosecutors from District Attorney Quinn’s office proactively investigated a drug trafficking organization based out of Bristol County. The trafficking organization was suspected of perpetuating street and mid-level opioid drug dealing throughout Bristol County and the region. The investigation included numerous search warrants for covert surveillance of the organization.

The mission of CINRET South is to partner with other state, local and federal agencies to work collectively in partnerships to disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. CINRET South identifies, targets, investigates, and seizes the illicit assets of drug trafficking organizations whose transportation and/or distribution of opioids, specifically fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and other drugs that extensively impact southern Massachusetts and the surrounding New England region in a negative manner with overdoses, hospitalizations, violent crimes, and property offenses. CINRET South is comprised of members of the Massachusetts State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the Brockton Police Department, and the East Bridgewater Police Department.

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at approximately 4:08 pm, CINRET South, members of District Attorney Quinn’s Massachusetts State Police Unit, Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, Massachusetts State Police D-Community Action Team, Fall River Police, Taunton Police, and Somerset Police members formed four teams and spontaneously arrested six target subjects and executed search warrants at four locations in Taunton and Fall River.

After the six arrests and search warrant executions in Bristol County, investigators identified the primary oxycodone source of supply to the organization. The residence, verified through surveillance and records checks, was identified, and located in Lawrence. On Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at approximately 6:03am, CINRET South, along members of CINRET North, Lawrence Police, Andover Police, and Homeland Security Investigations executed a “knock and announce” search warrant in Lawrence without incident. The oxycodone supplier was located and apprehended.

“Operation Shore Thing leaves us sure of one very big thing — southeastern Massachusetts is safer today than it was before, thanks to the tenacious work of state troopers, police officers, federal agents, and prosecutors. Through their efforts, a heavy volume of illegal narcotics that fuel pain, death, and addiction were taken out of circulation, and the crew who profited from the misery that their product inflicted on others now face justice,” Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, said.

The following individuals were arrested:

1. Christopher MCLAUGHLIN, 40, of 56 Saint Joseph Street, Apt#302, Fall River

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Fentanyl
• Trafficking Cocaine
• Trafficking Oxycodone
• Possession with intent to Distribute Class B

2. Casey RUBY, 34, of 62 Shores Street, Apt#1, Taunton MA

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Fentanyl
• Trafficking Cocaine
• Trafficking Oxycodone
• Possession with intent to Distribute Class B
• Possession of a Firearm w/o ID x 2
• Possession of a large capacity weapon of feeding device x 2
• Possession of ammunition without FID card

3. Joshua NAZARIO, 31, of 62 Shores Street, Apt#1, Taunton, MA

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Fentanyl
• Trafficking Cocaine
• Trafficking Oxycodone
• Possession with intent to Distribute Class B
• Possession of a Firearm w/o ID x 2
• Possession of a large capacity weapon of feeding device x 2
• Possession of ammunition without FID card

4. Eddyberto MEJIA, 28, of 46 Cottage Street, Taunton, MA

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Possession with intent to Distribute Class B (Oxycodone)

5. Eusebio ANDRADE, 39, of 1205 Cohannet Street, Taunton, MA

• Trafficking Fentanyl
• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Oxycodone

6. Corey ROBEIRO, 32, of 68 Wales Street, Apt. 2, Taunton, MA

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Fentanyl
• Possession of Class B drug

7. Rocio TAVERAS, 48 of 64 Nesmith Street, Lawrence, MA

• Conspiracy to violate the drug law
• Trafficking Oxycodone
• Distribution of Class B (Oxycodone) ” -Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn’s Office.

Guatemalan national living in Massachusetts sentenced for illegal reentry for third time

Defendant illegally entered the United States three times.

A Guatemalan national was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for illegally reentering the United States after deportation.

Darwin Geovani Herrera Orellana, 31, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to six months in prison and one year of supervised release. Herrera Orellana will be subject to deportation proceedings upon completion of his sentence. On Jan. 4, 2022, Herrera Orellana pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful reentry of a deported alien.

Herrera Orellana was initially encountered in Arizona in 2009, determined to be illegally present in the United States and subsequently deported. Sometime after his removal, Herrera Orellana illegally reentered the United States and was arrested in Texas in 2012. Herrera Orellana was again placed into removal proceedings and deported.

In December 2020, Herrera Orellana was arrested in Waltham and charged with, among other things, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. In June 2021, he was convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and sentenced to 14 months in prison. In July 2021, while serving this sentence in the Middlesex County House of Correction, agents determined that Herrera Orellana was illegally present in the United States after the fingerprints from his Waltham arrest and noncitizen records were determined to be a positive match. Upon completion of his state prison sentence, Herrera Orellana was subsequently transferred into federal custody.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Todd M. Lyons, Field Office Director, Boston, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.” -Massachusetts Department of Justice.

Massachusetts truck driver charged with rape by means of force, kidnapping, false imprisonment

“On Friday, May 6, 2022, at approximately 10:25 p.m., Turlock Police Officers responded to a 9.1.1 call of a rape that had just occurred at the Days Inn, 185 North Tully Road. Officers arrived on scene within minutes and detained a male standing near the office who matched the description of the suspect. This man was later determined to be Osman Mukhammadiyev, 29–years old, resident of Springfield, Massachusetts, and a long-haul truck driver.

Officers met with the victim, verifying her safety, and began their investigation. Officer learned Mukhammadiyev had called the front desk to report an equipment problem in his room, in an attempt to summon the female clerk. The clerk went to the room to address the issue and was attacked when her back was turned. While being sexually assaulted, the courageous clerk was able to fight off the suspect and escape to the office, calling 9.1.1.

Turlock Police Detectives were called to the scene to take over the investigation, gather evidence and complete interviews. Mukhammadiyev was transported to the Turlock Police Department where he was interviewed. After the interview, Mukhammadiyev was booked at the Stanislaus County Jail on charges of committing rape by means of force, false imprisonment and kidnap to commit rape, all felonies. He is currently in custody with bail set at $670,000.

Detective Tony Argueta said, “We are deeply concerned because the suspect in this case is a long-haul truck driver. We believe there may be other victims of similar assaults by this assailant in other communities. A unique characteristic of Mukhammadiyev is that he is a smaller statured male who speaks with a heavy Russian accent. The Turlock Police Department urges anyone who has been a victim involving Mukhammadiyev, or any other victims of sexual assault or other crimes, to file a report with your local authorities.”

The Turlock Police Department asks that anyone with information about this investigation to call Detective Tony Argueta at (209) 668-6538. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at (209) 668-5550 extension 6780 or email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us. ” -Turlock Police Department.

Turlock Police Department photo.

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