Mobile Enforcement Team
JUN 3 - Boston, MA... Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Ted Meyer, Chief of the Provincetown Police Department, announced today that DALE BERNARD, age 41, of 36 Gale Street, Malden, was arrested on federal drug distribution charges.
Today’s charges against BERNARD are the latest in a series of cases investigated by the DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team (“ MET”) working in cooperation with the Provincetown Police Department since July 2003 with a focus on the distribution of methamphetamine and other controlled substances in Provincetown, Boston and other areas. The distribution and use of methamphetamine, an addictive narcotic, has been identified as a growing problem in Eastern Massachusetts and linked to several overdoses. Methamphetamine is commonly consumed by users by smoking, snorting, eating, or injecting it. It is often sold in a crystal form commonly referred to as “ice” and typically has a purity level in excess of 80%. This form of methamphetamine has the appearance of rock candy or ice crystals and it is commonly referred to by users and dealers as “crystal meth.” Other names for methamphetamine are “glass,” “crystal,” “crank,” “speed,” “tina,” and “go fast.”
“ The U. S. Attorney’s Office stands ready to respond to any request by local, county or state law enforcement for assistance in fighting drug, gun and other crime,” stated U. S. Attorney Sullivan. “Bringing federal resources to bear on community crime problems, particularly in the areas of drugs and guns, is a high priority of this office.”
“ We don’t hear much from the local media about the dangers of methamphetamine because its presence here in New England has been limited. I have seen first hand the toll ‘Meth’ can have on a person, neighborhood and city which is why the DEA’s New England Field Division is dedicated to prevent methamphetamine from getting a foothold on our communities,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Trouville. “The arrests today signal DEA’s determination to keep ‘Meth’ from becoming commonplace the way it has in other parts of the United States.”
“ We truly appreciate the support and efforts of DEA and the Office of U. S. Attorney Mike Sullivan in helping us tackle the drug blight in our Community. The teamwork was second to none,” stated Provincetown Police Chief Meyer. “The results were certainly outstanding and have a far- reaching effect on a major problem. We look forward to continuing to work with this mutually beneficial partnership.”
It is alleged that BERNARD is a wholesale supplier of methamphetamine to many retail sellers in the Greater Boston area - obtaining the narcotic from sources in Arizona and California. It is alleged that BERNARD claimed that during his peak, he had been responsible for 80- 90% of the methamphetamine that came into Boston, bringing 3 pounds a week into the city. It is alleged that BERNARD claimed to be have been “number one” in Boston referring to his residence at 36 Gale Street in Malden as “the crystal palace, the house that Tina built.”
The charges against BERNARD were added to a previously existing indictment returned in October of 2003 charging GARY D. CARLOW, age 45, of 74 West Rutland Square, Boston, with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. It is alleged that CARLOW, who resides in Boston’s South End, has a vacation home at 13 Off Cemetery Road in Provincetown, and was a retail supplier of crystal methamphetamine to customers in Provincetown, Boston and elsewhere. It is alleged that CARLOW sold “eight- balls” of methamphetamine, (slang for an eighth of an ounce), for $500 each to his customers.
Also in October, 2003, BRIAN GORMAN, age 28, of 11 Wainwright Street, Dorchester, was indicted in connection with a separate DEA MET methamphetamine investigation. GORMAN was charged with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and distribution of ecstasy. It is alleged that GORMAN sold methamphetamine and ecstasy to customers in Boston and Provincetown, where he frequently traveled.
BERNARD will appear later today in federal court before Chief U. S. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler. CARLOW and GORMAN were arrested on the charges in October 2003 and released pending trial. If convicted, BERNARD faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life, to be followed by 5 years to life of supervised release, and a $4 million fine on the conspiracy and distribution of methamphetamine charges. CARLOW and GORMAN each face a mandatory minimum of 5 years up to 40 years in prison, to be followed by 4 years of supervised release, and a $2 million fine on each of the drug charges against them. In addition, GORMAN faces 20 years in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $1 million fine if convicted on the distribution of ecstasy charge.
The Mobile Enforcement Team (MET) program was created by the DEA in early 1995 to assist local law enforcement in responding to the overwhelming problem of drug- related crime that plagues neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States. The challenges facing law enforcement today are daunting. The increasing sophistication of drug- trafficking organizations make drug law enforcement more difficult than ever before. The MET program helps local law enforcement entities attack drug organizations in their neighborhoods and restores a safer environment for the residents of these communities. MET Agents assist local law enforcement officers in the following ways: Identifying major drug traffickers and organizations. Collecting, analyzing, and sharing intelligence with state and local counterparts. Cultivating investigations against drug offenders and gangs. Arresting drug traffickers. Seizing the assets of drug offenders and gangs. Providing support to federal, state, and local prosecutors.
Local police chiefs, county sheriffs, and state and local prosecutors who feel that there is a need for MET assistance in their jurisdiction can submit a written request to the DEA Special Agent in Charge responsible for their particular area. Upon acceptance of a request, the MET in that jurisdiction sends a pre- deployment assessment team consisting of two to three agents to meet with the requesting official and other cooperating local law enforcement agencies in order to evaluate the problem. Upon approval, the entire MET is deployed to that city to begin investigative activity against the primary drug trafficking individuals and organizations identified in the pre- deployment assessment.
The investigations were conducted by the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mobile Enforcement Team and the Provincetown Police Department with assistance from the U. S. Postal Inspection Service, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Cambridge, Malden, and Boston Police Departments.