For Immediate Release - November 27, 2013

Harold J. Saunders Conviction

     District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that on November 14, 2013, Harold J. Saunders (DOB: 06/12/1972) was found guilty after a jury trial in Barnstable Superior Court of Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Subsequent Offense.  Judge Robert C. Rufo sentenced Mr. Saunders to State Prison for four to five years committed on the Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute Subsequent Offense charge, of which three and one half years of said sentence is a day for day minimum mandatory sentence.

The incident that resulted in the above-described charge occurred on December 4, 2012, in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  On December 4, 2012, police observed Mr. Saunders travel to and from Quincy in a motor vehicle.  Police subsequently stopped the motor vehicle in Barnstable and search Mr. Saunders.  Police located approximately 6.55 grams of crack cocaine hidden in the area of Mr. Saunders’ buttocks.  Later, police recovered evidence from Mr. Saunders’ residence suggesting Mr. Saunders possessed the crack cocaine with an intent to distribute the crack cocaine. 

The case was investigated by members of the Barnstable Police Department, the Mashpee Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Lab.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Edward F.X. Lynch.