BOSTON - September 22, 2009 - The Board of Registration of Barbers announced today the surrender of Ronald Souza's master barber's license on Aug. 16, after Souza was arrested on Aug. 13 for allegedly selling heroin out of his shop.

Souza was arrested in front of his barber shop, Ronnie's Barber Shop, when police allegedly saw him purchase drugs from his alleged supplier, according to reports. He was charged with possession of heroin, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, and conspiracy. After investigating those charges, the Board requested Souza enter into a surrender agreement.

"The Board of Registration of Barbers took immediate action against Ronald Souza when it became aware of the allegations against him," said George Weber, the Director of the Division of Professional Licensure. "The surrender agreement reinforces the Board's efforts to protect consumers from potentially hazardous licensees."

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the check a license option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Patrick Administration's Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for enforcing regulatory compliance and maintaining the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 330,000 licensees across 43 trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 Boards of Registration.