Crime Watch

September 29, 2017
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In September, a Jamaica Plain resident was sentenced for distributing cocaine and heroin for a Boston street gang, and a Boston Police sergeant detective at District E-13 pleaded guilty to making false statements to fly armed on personal trips.

Francisco Arias, a distributor for Boston street gang Columbia Point Dawgs (CPD), was sentenced to 175 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In May 2016, Arias pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine and over one kilogram of heroin. Arias, one of 48 defendants tied to the CPD, was indicted in June 2015.

Bruce E. Smith, a sergeant detective assigned to Jamaica Plain’s District E-13, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as unlawfully entering a secure airport area with intent to evade security requirements. Smith flew armed on approximately 28 separate trips departing from Logan International Airport even though he was not on official business, which is a violation of federal law.

Smith was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in June 2017. Under the plea agreement, Smith faces a sentence of six months to one year of probation, with the possibility of home confinement. Smith has also agreed to resign from the Boston Police Department and pay a $7,500 fine.

From press materials

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