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Some legal substances may lead to arrest in Massachusetts

Illegal drugs are typically classified in one of three ways: natural, derivative or synthetic. Marijuana is considered a natural drug since it is a plant, and drugs that are synthesized from a plant are derivatives, cocaine being one example. Synthetic drugs are those that are created by mixing synthetic chemical compounds.

State police find 1,000 bags of heroin during traffic stop

According to officers with the Massachusetts State Police, a traffic stop in Bernardston resulted in the seizure of 1,000 bags of heroin inside of a pickup truck. The incident reportedly happened on Dec. 23 at 2:45 a.m. Three people inside of the truck were taken into custody.

Fentanyl linked to 3 out of 4 fatal overdoses

Some people in Massachusetts are prescribed a medication called fentanyl in the hospital. After becoming addicted to the powerful painkiller, people may seek out fentanyl from illicit sources. Fentanyl is believed to be 50 times stronger than heroin, so drug dealers will sometimes mix fentanyl into a batch of heroin to make it stronger.

Man handed drug charges after traffic stop

A 30-year-old man was pulled over by Massachusetts State Police on Dec. 2 and charged with two drug offenses. The incident took place in Leominster at about 6:35 p.m. when a trooper allegedly witnessed the accused man commit traffic violations while driving a green Audi A4. After the trooper pulled the man over on the side of West Street, the man's car was searched.

Couple jailed for having baking soda in their truck

Massachusetts truck drivers, as well as law enforcement officials and personnel at truck inspection stations, may have heard about narcotics test kits that have been known to render false positive readings. For one married couple who are both truckers, the false results landed them in jail until they could prove that the substance they had in their truck was really baking soda instead of cocaine.

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