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DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH
KEEP NEIGHBORHOODS SAFE THROUGH
Suffolk County to the Berkshires, Probation Officers are
doing their part to keep neighborhoods safe across the
Commonwealth this summer through community supervision
efforts. Many of these visits have turned up some dangerous
and illegal surprises.
Officers, who pay unannounced visits to offenders’ homes
and haunts, are finding a host of firearms, live ammunition,
illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.These visits, also
known as Operation Nitelite, are made to ensure that offenders
are following the orders of the court. Operation Nitelite,
implemented in 1992, is now an integral part of the Massachusetts
Probation Service’s community intervention and outreach.
Suffolk County, Boston Municipal Court (BMC)-Dorchester
Division Probation Officers have removed dangerous weapons,
ammunition, and illegal drugs from the homes of probationers
during community supervision efforts.
week, during an announced visit to an offender’s
home, Probation Officers and Boston Police found marijuana
as well as a Mac 11 machine gun, loaded clip, and a box
of ammunition. The gun had an obliterated serial number.
Probationer Anthony Jania Lewis, 21, was apprehended and
charged with marijuana possession with intent to distribute
as well as firearm offenses.
a June 16th visit to another home, Probation Officer
Thomas Todd and members of the Boston Police Department’s
Youth Violence Strike Force found a 19-year-old offender,
Deven R. Gallop, with a stun gun, sawed-off shotgun, live
ammunition, drugs and drug paraphernalia. Todd, who arrived
at the scene first notified police when he discovered drugs
in the house. He also obtained an emergency search warrant
which allowed the Boston Police Department in the home
to search the premises. The offender, who has a history
of violence and illegal gun possession, was taken into
offender, 20-year old Derek Graham, was arrested on May
28, when Probation Officers Todd and Lynne Thomas and police
found a sawed off shotgun as well as a safe filled with
a large cache of live ammunition. Graham had an outstanding
warrant for violation of probation. He failed to report
to the community corrections center, a condition of his
probation. Graham was indicted in Suffolk Superior Court
for possession of a sawed-off shotgun and ammunition and
sentenced to nine months in the House of Correction-South
Bristol County, Fall River District Court Probation Officers
John Gonsalves and Michael Borden conducted an unannounced
home visit which resulted in the confiscation of drugs
and weapons, according Fall River District Court Chief
Probation Officer James Flannery. Gonsalves and Borden
found 12 to 15 marijuana plants on the landing of a probationer’s
third floor apartment. The Probation Officers alerted Fall
River police who accompanied them in a search of the apartment.
The search turned up a hand-held pellet gun, double-edged
knife, a pipe and a plastic bag with marijuana residue.
Isa Harris was taken into custody.
the Berkshires, Southern Berkshire Probation Chief Alf
Barbalunga participated in an anti-crime sweep effort that
took place over several days and involved 17 law enforcement
agencies in the Pittsfield area. “Operation Vice
Grip” resulted in the arrest of 59 people who had
outstanding warrants for offenses which ranged from drug
charges to assault and battery. This effort took place
in early June.
Hampden County, Holyoke District Court Probation Officer
Antoinetta DeAngelis and a Holyoke police officer were
looking for probation violator Sixto Morera at his home
when they discovered that he was hiding out on the back
stairwell with Mujaahid Smith. When the officers encountered
Morera and Smith, both men fled but were soon apprehended. The
two men were found with a bag containing 20 doses of heroin,
in a bundle marked “Danger,” which was confiscated
by Holyoke Police.
Essex County, the Lynn District Court Probation Department
has launched a major community service effort. Probation
Officers go out into the community on a daily basis and
recently dropped in on offenders at home, at work and in
programs they are enrolled in on more than 300 occasions,
according to Chief Probation Officer Donald January. More
than 30 offenders, who violated their probation, were arrested
in a 19-day span. Of the 32 arrests, 23 offenders had felony
charges and nine were misdemeanors.