For Immediate Release - April 02, 2012

Former Connecticut Police Officer Pleads Guilty, Sentenced in Connection with Possession of Methamphetamine

BOSTON – A former Plainfield, Connecticut police officer has pled guilty and was sentenced in connection with possessing methamphetamine, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

Richard W. Thunberg Jr., also known as Richard Wallace, age 51, of North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut, pled guilty Friday in Middlesex Superior Court on one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  After the plea was entered, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe M. Tuttman sentenced Thunberg to two-and-a-half years in the House of Correction, with one year to serve and the balance suspended for a probationary period of three years. 

“Meth is a highly addictive and dangerous drug that is becoming more prevalent in our communities,” said AG Coakley.  “Our office will continue to work to prevent this substance from being brought into our neighborhoods.”

As part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Attorney General’s Office received information that Thunberg had been receiving shipments of methamphetamine using commercial package delivery companies. 

On February 17, 2011, investigators learned that Thunberg had just purchased a large quantity of methamphetamine and intended to sell it in the Greater Boston area.  He was stopped by Massachusetts State Police in Lexington and during the traffic stop two pounds of methamphetamine were discovered in his vehicle.  Thunberg was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police barracks in Concord and held pending his arraignment the next day.

On February 18, 2011, Thunberg was arraigned in Concord District Court where he pled not guilty.  On Friday, March 30, 2012 Thunberg pled guilty to one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty of AG Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division.  It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General’s Office, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Canine and Gang units, the Boston Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East Field Office.

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