Hiding place no help to suspected dealer

On April 2, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

Based on intelligence gathered last Friday, members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit and Gang/Anti-Crime Unit, assisted by Somerville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, established surveillance of a Woodstock St. location in preparation for a drug deal interdiction.

Police had been reportedly tipped off about a sale of illegal drugs to be made by Steven Pinson, 38, of Malden. It was learned that Pinson reportedly had a hidden storage compartment in his vehicle, which was routinely used to transport quantities of heroin and cocaine throughout the area.

At mid-afternoon Pinson arrived at the Woodstock St. location and parked, waiting inside his vehicle, according to reports. At one point he exited the vehicle and stood waiting on the sidewalk, then returned to wait again inside his car, police said.

Shortly thereafter, a man who had walked through the Woodstock Park/Playground area while Pinson was outside of his car arrived and entered the vehicle, according to reports.

Police officers immediately closed in and removed Pinson from his vehicle, at which time a plastic bag containing what police believed to be heroin was reportedly dropped to the ground by the suspect.

Three additional bags were recovered from Pinson’s hand as he was placed under arrest.

After being advised of his rights, Pinson reportedly admitted to police that his car had a hidden compartment and he showed them where it was.

In total, approximately 116 grams of heroin and 68 grams of cocaine, along with $3,453 in currency, were seized by the law enforcement officers.

Pinson has been charged with trafficking in heroin / morphine / opium and trafficking in cocaine.


25 Responses to “Hiding place no help to suspected dealer”

  1. Arresting small time dealers is not getting to the root of the problem. Much more needs to be done in order to get lethal drugs off the streets. Why isn’t the government doing more to hunt down the people at the top of who are making millions? It’s not enough to arrest those who are working for the much bigger network. There will always be another to replace the ones taken off the streets. You must stop mass production and allowing these drugs to enter our country.

  2. jeez says:

    how about a nice ‘attaboy’ for developing informants, following up on stuff and taking out one dealer? they took out another one last week. I agree it’s not everything, but jeez, can you give an ounce of credit once in awhile? I don’t think the SPD is going to wipe out the poppy fields in Afghanistan, give them a break

  3. Pixie Pocahontas says:


    So what does being an informant, gain celebrity status? You study true crime long enough, you learn a few things.

    Give me a break. Our prisons are filled with millions if small time dealers–who pays, we do. Wouldn’t it be better to reform the system top to bottom–by providing skills, education to children so they don’t end up career criminals as a way to make a living? Do you think children tell their parents they want to be a drug dealer when they grow up?

    Governments should be working together to bring cartel leaders to justice. Incarcerating small time dealers does very little to stop the drug war. If they tightened up the laws and held everyone accountable for sale, distribution and corruption, we would see change.

    As far as poppy’s in Afghanistan — why don’t they torch the fields while their over there? Or could it be that it’s being harvested for pharma? Remember Vietnam?

  4. Howie Winter says:

    they shouldve met at Jayjaygreeeeeemsbeeeez! lol

  5. sue says:

    But we are sending our soldiers to Afghanistan to die (but Obama ended the war, right?). And guess what one of their jobs is? Guarding the poppy fields. Imagine? Then we attend wakes and forums to discuss the drug problem.

  6. intheknow says:

    Not one person stopped using because of this arrest, he has been replaced and everything went back to normal or everyone went to their number two dealer. Its all for show nothing matters this area is infested

  7. Matt C says:

    Well said Pixi – drug use is a behavior issue not criminal. Lets focus on education and treatment while going after the kingpins. I don’t want to waste 47,102.03/year to house a small time dealer.


  8. Boston Kate says:

    Good job, Somerville Police Force!

  9. cambridgeyuppie says:

    “Based on intelligence gathered last Friday”
    Oh my, I’m sure this lingo makes Somerville policemen feel all important. Like they are on Homeland or something…

  10. Matt C,

    I attended the meeting tonight in Ward 1 to discuss the growing epidemic of opiate, heroin addiction and use of NARCAN. There was a member of the Cambridge Alliance who gave a presentation with statistics of the number of people in the country who are addicted to opiates prescribed by doctors for pain. The researchers admit heroin addiction is the direct result of a number of cases which started from the use of pain medication. The stats were alarming. I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning more, to attend future meetings. There was a large crowd there tonight. Member of law enforcement, Cataldo Ambulance, Ward 1 Matt McLaughlin, Rep. Toomey and Bruce Desmond, former Alderman. There was also a former user who shared his experiences and work towards complete recovery.

    We need to send word to Washington–hold pharma accountable, as well as MD’s who write the scripts for people who don’t need to be on harmful addicting drugs. Pharma should be forced to pay for their treatments towards recovery since it’s all on state funds and private insurance does not pay. Also, LE needs to do more to take down the major distributors. A great deal of what we see today is due to economic challenges thousands are facing since the job market has been flat. They lose hope and escape their harsh realities. What I learned tonight is that Heroin hijacks the brain. The person afflicted has no power against the strong urges to give into the drug and revert back to avoid painful withdrawals, methadone is not always successful.

    We have had over 37 cases and all but 5 were saved by NARCAN.

    There were also reassurances by LE that saving lives is their priority, but residents questioned if arrests would be made at a later time. Some of the information was not clear, but for the most part, it was a good start to forming community support and helping those who need it.

    LIstening from the people who see this everyday on the job, really makes you understand the complexities, stigmatization and frustration of families who struggle with this on their own. One asked why more hasn’t been done over the past 5-10 years and waited until now to finally address it. I guess I’m still disappointed in how many people are so ignorant of this problem and refuse to face the fact that it’s a disease, just like alcohol. When a body is vulnerable to addiction, it takes over a person’s will. It takes great strength to overcome and especially now with pharma making drugs that more lethal–how can we ever hope to break the cycle of destructive addictions?

  11. Matt C says:

    Thanks for the update Pixi.

    Many of the Rx drugs that street drugs are being cut with have been around for a very long time. Fentanyl, for example is almost 60 years old. Pharma has been trying to come up with formulations that are harder to abuse. But it is still not enough.

    Like you I point to our medical community as a big part of the blame. Some doctors seem to hand out opiates like candy – usually for a predetermined set of time…

    People who become addicted to Rx drugs often end up turning to street drugs because of their accessibility vs. Rx drugs when their doc stops handing them out. Talk to an ER nurse who deals with drug seeking all the time. Patients will go to 3 or 4 hospitals in a day to get their fix for their non localized back pain that is an 11 on a scale of 1-10 (while texting with their friend).

    I can understand that no one wants to be in pain, but pain is part of living and it is possible that we as a society need to up our tolerance and step back from opiates. Opiates, unlike many other drugs change your brain chemistry permanently.

  12. wth says:

    The problem began with the pharmaceutical companies for lying about the potency and addictive qualities of oxycontin. It continues with the medical profession who don’t understand addiction and continue to push it on patients with minor pain who don’t need it. But most of the blame really falls on the federal government, however. The FDA approved Zohydro ER over the objections of an advisory panel. It is potentially 10x stronger than oxycodone. This while heroin flows into the country freely, and our soldiers have been used to guard poppy fields in Afghanistan.

  13. A.Moore says:

    Doctors are a problem. I am in pain 24 hours a day and do not take pain meds. They really don’t do anything for me. But they do give me all I want if I wanted them. Yesterday they offered sleep meds for night and meds for daytime to make me alert. I am not interested nor do I want them. I have tried various ones and usually the first day will tell me if it is any good or not but they give me a months worth. Why not just hand out 2 to 6 and then see what happens if it is a problem. The tiny bit they do help is just not worth the side effects. But I do see the side where if someone does want to take them it is so easy to get them. They don’t cure you and I do believe they have their place. Just need to be able to find a way to work with people who are not responsible in the use of pain meds. Except for the terminally ill.

  14. riptide says:

    I agree with “A. Moore”. I’ve been in pain for over 6 years now. Find that painkillers are not always reliable and do not want to get into the habit of relying on them. There are others that truly need the painkillers more than me.

    My MD office once had a sign on the outside door for Pharmacutical Co. reps. It said that they shoot every sixth rep and that number five had just left the office.

  15. Oxy was meant for patients with chronic-severe pain. It’s outrageous that doctors are giving these pills out to people who don’t even understand what they are taking. At the very least, they should be warning patients of the dangers and educating telling them on what they are being prescribed.

    Much more needs to be done at a federal level. Pharma and doctors should be required to provide data of how many patients are being supplied these drugs, for what purpose and for how long. They should appoint an independent agency to oversee that they are not prescribing drugs to minors without parental consent.

    People are dieing as a direct result of prescription abuse by pharma and the medical professionals. After listening to professionals who are working to save lives of those afflicted, I came away with believing that we are really unprepared for a problem of this magnitude. We need to break down the barriers of alienation against those who are battling addiction 24/7. I just can’t imagine the heartache and frustration that goes on in their lives as they try to recover and help loved ones.

    The system is more broken than I imagined. The only way we can hope to remedy this disaster is through the federal government. Narcan use does save lives, but it’s not enough to combat the overall problem.

  16. not the point says:

    can go on all day about Big Pharma, but that’s not the root of what we’re seeing here right now. We’re seeing young people taking oxys not for physical pain, but either emotional pain, or whatever. This goes right to the needle. Stopping or changing meds doesn’t change our problem. There are certainly people who end up on heroin due to chronic pain managed by oxys. But right now we’re talking about young people who are choosing this road. We need to prevent it at the start. Let’s get back to what OUR problem really is.

  17. MarketMan says:

    I agree with “not the point”. Kids are lost and finding ways to distract themselves. We need more activities for them as outlets, and we need more guidance for what to do with your life other than “just go to college and you will be successful”. We know that is not true for most people.

  18. Howie Winter says:

    Zohydro is not 10x more powerful than Oxycontin, whoever wrote that has no idea what they’re talking about. It’s Vicodin without the acetominophen, dosed from 10mg – 50mg, which on the opiate scale is pretty low. You can sniff them because they don’t turn to gel like OC’s do now but no opiate user with even a half decent tolerance would spend their money on them on the black market cause they’re not going to get you very high.

  19. riptide says:

    “Kids are lost and finding ways to distract themselves” When we were kids we found things to do and we didnt cop out using drugs. Over the years some parents have pampered the kids too much. We had assigned chores to do. The “Bill Gates Superhighway” has weakened our country, kids do not have to use their minds anymore. Just punch it into the computer and let it do the work. The Hi Tech companies with the breakfast meetings and the afternoon beer breaks, less work for more $$$$.
    One parent, a police officer told me he had once asked the son to mow the lawn. It consisted of two small lawns 4 ft x 5 ft on both sides of the entrance to the house and a very small back yard. He told the son he’d give him $15.00 to do it, the son’s response was he wanted $30.00. Dad informed him that whenever a concert in the future came to town, Dad would no longer buy the tickets, so “son, you better go find yourself a job”. Dad stayed true to his word and never bought concert ticckets again.

  20. MarketMan says:

    Howie: wow! hobbyist? 😉

  21. cambridgeyuppie says:

    Howie Winter, it was unwise to post that on a public forum. You’ll see what I mean…

  22. MarketMan says:

    riptide: I agree that the drugs are a cop out, and there are many reasons for that I think. You point out one very important one.

    BUT I completely disagree with the less work for more $$$ in high tech. Being in the high tech industry is a LOT of work, and the ones who do really well are those that like the work. It’s not manual labor, but it’s still work. You have to work hard in school to get there. You have to work hard to keep up with your peers at work, because people in the field tend to work long hours and even work when they are not working (writing code while at home watching tv, etc). You have to work hard to keep up, because new technologies, tools, etc keep changing. If you don’t spend time outside of work keep your skills polished, you will be left in the dust in just 5 years. Unless you stay on top of your game, you are considered obsolete by 35.

  23. Howie Winter says:

    post what on a public forum? the truth? Ok your right Zohyrdo could floor an elephant where he stands, never mind i said anything

  24. Howie,

    Get a grip–we’ve got kids dieing right here in our city and across the nation, from drug overdose. We don’t need a play-by-play on the how to’s. You never know who could be reading these forums–need I say more? You also should not be impersonating–not right. Show some respect.

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