The former owner of Bikerz Finest Motorcycles in Norwood was sentenced to up four years in state prison.
Edward Hartnett, 37, of Braintree and Brian Denoncourt, 29, of Hancock, Maine, pled guilty before Norfolk Superior Court Judge Kenneth Fishman on Sept. 16. The duo was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug, oxycodone, and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.
Hartnett and Denoncourt pled guilty to buying 2,500 oxycodone pain pills from a dying cancer patient in 2011 with the intent of reselling them, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said.
Hartnett, who had one prior drug conviction on his record, was sentenced to 3.5 to 4 years in state prison. Denoncourt, a first offender, was sentenced to two years in the house of correction with two years’ probation supervision following his release.
Members of the Norwood Police Department arrested them on Friday, Nov. 25, 2011, following a two-month investigation.
“In late 2011, Duxbury, Braintree and Norwood police began investigating a tip that a Duxbury man named James Hughes, a cancer patient, was selling his prescribed pain medication to the defendant on a monthly basis,” Morrissey said.
On Nov. 25, officers followed Hughes as he travelled from his home in Duxbury to a pharmacy where he legally filled his prescription to Bikerz Finest, where he sold the pills to store owner Hartnett.
“After a few minutes inside, Hughes left the shop and a motor vehicle stop was conducted on Rte. 1. He admitted to having just sold 2,500 pills to Hartnett for $15,000,” Morrissey said.
After searching Hughes’s car, police found a Bikerz Finest merchandise box containing the $15,000. Officers returned to the store and arrested Hartnett and Denoncourt. After searching the store, police recovered an additional $5,000 in cash, 1,500 oxycodone pills and packaging material. In addition, 1,000 oxycodone pills were found in Denoncourt’s jacket.
Hughes was charged at the time of the incident, but died before his case could be resolved.
“The Braintree, Norwood, Duxbury and Marshfield police departments did nice work developing a tip into a successful case,” Morrissey said. “The prescription drug addiction crisis is playing out in so many forms and impacting so many lives. Law enforcement agencies have to work together to stop these pills from being diverted and destroying lives.”
Staff writer Brad Cole can be reached at 781-433-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like The Norwood Transcript and Bulletin on Facebook and follow @bradcolewrites and @NorwoodTranscri on Twitter.
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