"PRESS RELEASE - Bridgewater State University"
W.E.B. MAJOR CRIMES AND DRUG TASK FORCE WHITMAN * WEST BRIDGEWATER * EAST BRIDGEWATER * BRIDGEWATER * BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENTS PRESS RELEASE October 28, 2011 MAJOR DRUG ARRESTS AND SEIZURE AT BRIDGEWATER STATE UNIVERSITY AND IN THE TOWN OF BRIDGEWATER Bridgewater State University-Last night, Thursday, October 27th, investigators assigned to the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force executed search warrants related to an on-going drug distribution investigation involving several Bridgewater State University students. For the past month or more, WEB detectives, led by Bridgewater State University Police Detective Sergeant Mark Russell, have been monitoring alleged drug sales both on and off the campus of Bridgewater State University, originating from an apartment building located on Perkins Street in the town of Bridgewater. On Thursday night, WEB detectives, assisted by BSU Police and Bridgewater Police patrol officers, stopped a vehicle on Burrill Ave operated by Mr. Patrick McGirr, age 20, a registered BSU student from East Longmeadow, MA who lives off-campus at #11 Perkins Street, Bridgewater. WEB Detective Sergeant Russell had previously obtained a search warrant for Mr. McGirr’s black, 1998 Toyota Camry sedan related to the on-going drug distribution investigation. Upon stopping Mr. McGirr in his vehicle in close proximity to the Moakley Center building on Burrill Avenue at the university, detectives located approximately 1 ounce of marijuana and more than 10 Oxycodone pills. The pills were stored inside a false, hidden compartment of what appeared to be a soda can. Mr. McGirr was arrested by BSU Police and transported from Burrill Ave to the Bridgewater State University Police Station. Immediately after arresting Mr. McGirr, WEB investigators and Bridgewater Police executed a second search warrant at Mr. McGirr’s nearby Bridgewater apartment, located at #11 Perkins Street in town. Upon executing the search warrant, WEB investigators located and identified two other residents of the apartment, Mr. Tyler Trainor, age 21, from Saugus, MA, who is also a BSU student and a resident of #11 Perkins Street and Mr. Eric Eldred, age 21, from Metheun, MA, also a BSU student and resident of #11 Perkins Street. Detectives searched McGirr, Trainor and Eldred’s apartment. During said search approximately 2 ounces of cocaine (street value in excess of $5,000.00), in excess of 100 Oxycodone tablets (Percocet 30 mg pills, street value in excess of $3,000.00), and approximately 2 pounds of marijuana (street value in excess of $9,000.00) were seized from Mr. McGirr’s bedroom and two other bedrooms located inside the first floor apartment. Approximately $7,000.00 in cash was seized as alleged proceeds of drug sales from Mr. McGirr’s belongings. In addition, detectives located plastic bags, a heat sealer, a digital scale and other items utilized to store and/or distribute for sale, quantities of cocaine, Oxycodone and/or marijuana. Numerous cellular phones were seized from said location as well. The largest quantities of drugs were located inside Mr. McGirr’s bedroom closet. Other smaller quantities of marijuana, Oxycodone and/or cocaine, in addition to other drug distribution related evidentiary items were seized from the other bedrooms as well. While executing the search of the apartment, a fourth roommate, Mr Bradley Head, age 21, from Ashby, MA, a BSU student and #11 Perkins Street resident, arrived at the location. All 3 of Mr. McGirr’s roommates were arrested for drug distribution related offenses and transported to the Bridgewater Police Station. Mr. McGirr was charged with the following offenses: 1. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws 2. Drug Violation near a School Zone (The Burnell Children’s Learning Center, on the campus of BSU, Room #135 Burnell Hall) 3. Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drug (Oxycodone) 4. Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug (Marijuana) 5. Trafficking Class B Drugs (Oxycodone and Cocaine) Mr. Trainor was charged with; 1. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws Mr. Eldred was charged with; 1. Possession of a Class B Drug (Cocaine) 2. Possession of a Class B Drug (Oxycodone) 3. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws Mr. Bradley Head was charged with; 1. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws 2. Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B Drug (Oxycodone) 3. Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D Drug (Marijuana) Mr. McGirr’s cash and 1998 Toyota Camry were seized as alleged proceeds and/or utilized to facilitate drug sales and forfeiture procedures have been initiated with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office. Mr. McGirr was held overnight at the House of Correction in Plymouth on NO Bail. Mr. Trainor, Mr. Eldred and Mr. Bradley were released on $140.00 cash bail. All four individuals will be arraigned Friday morning at Brockton District Court. This case was another example of the results that positive, proactive drug distribution investigations produce from the collaborative efforts of the WEB Major Crimes and Drug Task Force, which is made up of detectives from West Bridgewater, East Bridgewater, Whitman, Bridgewater and Bridgewater State University. The WEB Task Force has been in existence since 1999. Bridgewater State University Police came aboard the WEB Task Force within the past year, signifying the commitment that BSU Police Chief David Tillinghast and his staff have toward taking a proactive approach in identifying and targeting individuals involved in the sale and/or use of controlled substances in and around the campus of Bridgewater State University. The combination in this case of the seizure of quantities of marijuana with large quantities of cocaine and Oxycodone, indicates the relationship these drugs have with one another for those that use and/or sell these drugs in combination with one another. WEB detectives often see Oxycodone and/or Cocaine go hand and hand with marijuana, which goes contrary to the recent changes in the law that no longer makes it unlawful to possess less than one ounce of marijuana in Massachusetts. Oxycodone and heroin use continue to plague WEB investigators and area police departments with daily crimes at epidemic levels. This investigation shows that the Bridgewater and Bridgewater State University Police, in cooperation with the WEB Task Force are committed to identifying and prosecuting any individual involved in the sales of narcotics in and around the campus. Bridgewater Police Officer Matthew Lynch, the newest WEB Task Force officer, assisted Detective Sergeant Russell greatly in the investigation, in addition to the other 8 WEB Task Force detectives, along with BSU Patrol Officer Robert McEvoy. WEB Task Force Press Information Officer, Sgt Detective Scott Allen, 508-378-1641 or firstname.lastname@example.org The WEB Task Force is a collaborative investigative unit made up of investigators from the West Bridgewater, Whitman, East Bridgewater, Bridgewater and Bridgewater State University Police Departments. All Defendants are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law