BOSTON, June 3, 2004 – LAWFUEL – United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan;
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement
Administration; 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
“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
“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
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
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
* 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
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. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys
Cynthia Lie and Michael Pelgro, Deputy Chief of Sullivan’s Organized Crime
Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.