Bridgewater: Plymouth County Abuse Task Force Holds ‘Speak Up Against Drugs’ Conference (Audio Interview)

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Christine James
May 18, 2016

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Our Opinion: DA Cruz's important response to Brockton's crime

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The Sunday Enterprise, June 7, 2015

   We applaud District Attorney Tim Cruz for responding swiftly and comprehensively to a recent explosion of violent crime in the city of Brockton.

   On Thursday, Cruz announced he restarted "Operation Safe Streets," a coalition of federal, state, regional and local law enforcement agencies that will work collaboratively to find solutions to the wave of free-for-all shootings and other violent crimes plaguing Brockton's neighborhoods.  It is exactly what we asked Mayor Bill Carpenter to do in our May 29 editorial, "Brockton mayor, police need new crime fighting strategy."

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Editorial: Attacking Addiction

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
BY HERALD STAFF


IN Plymouth County the district attorney is throwing the book at a suspected drug dealer who allegedly sold heroin to a young mom who then overdosed and died, while in Gloucester police have announced a soft approach to handling addicts who want help with treatment.

Where some might see a conflict in two law enforcement philosophies, we see a kitchen-sink approach to tackling the state’s growing opiate addiction problem – and welcome them both.

“Substance abuse issues are haunting our neighborhoods,” Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz told the Herald last week. “We need to fight this problem on all levels in order to send a strong message and take back our communities.”

That includes, yes, charging the dealer who allegedly sold 25-year-old Paige Lopes of Wareham $80 worth of heroin that killed her, Cruz said. Lopes’ family said she struggled with addiction but had been sober for 90 days prior to the overdose.

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Victim's family praises dealer charge

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Victim’s family praises dealer charge

 

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050515, BROCKTON, – PAIGE LOPES, IN AN UNDATED FAMILY PHOTO.
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THE BOSTON HERALD
WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015

by: Colneth Smiley, Jr.

The manslaughter charges against an accused drug dealer in a Wareham mother’s overdose death is a new direction in the state’s battle against opioid addiction and could serve as a deterrent to other offenders, the woman’s family and Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.

“If you’re a heroin dealer, it’s likely you had a client that died from an overdose.  If you get arrested selling heroin then, yes, you should automatically be charged with manslaughter,” said Benjamin Dio, brother-in-law of Paige Lopes, 25, who was found dead Feb. 21 of a heroin overdose.

Steven D. Foss, 33, of Wareham is accused of selling Lopes, 25, of Wareham, $80 worth of heroin, which she ingested, according to prosecutors.

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