On Saturday, October 27th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Billerica Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the DPW yard located at 248 Boston Road. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27th Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.
Billerica – On October 4, 2018 Billerica Police responded to CVS at 203 Boston Road, Billerica, MA for a person attempting to purchase gift cards in which the transaction was declined. Suspect came into store and approached the register to purchase four Lowe’s gift cards and two Hallmark gift bags for the total of $2007.00 dollars. The suspect attempted to pay with a stolen credit card and inserted it into the chip reader. The card was declined. The man took out another stolen credit card to pay with. The second card was declined as well.
Please call BPD at 978-667-1212 if you have any identification on this person.
Billerica –On Wednesday. October 3, 2018, at approximately 2:30AM, Billerica Police arrested Torrey Smith, 39, of Wilmington, MA on felony arrest warrants related to an August 22nd incident that occurred in Billerica. On that date, he was alleged to have forced entry into a former girlfriend’s residence where he assaulted her and an acquaintance. During the incident, Smith is alleged to have assaulted an individual with a wooden crucifix resulting in significant tissue damage to their nose. Smith fled the scene prior to police arrival and has been sought by authorities since that time. Billerica Officer Rafael Mendez had been involved in the investigation of the August incident. While conducting an investigation into a civil motor vehicle infraction on Boston Road in Billerica, he became suspicious that a passenger in the vehicle may be Torrey Smith. After initially providing Officer Mendez with a fictitious identity, he was able to positively identify the individual to be Torrey Smith. Mr. Smith was arrested on the warrants and booked at the Billerica Police Department. He will be arraigned on Thursday, October 3, 2018 in Lowell District Court.
The above details are merely allegations. All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a
court of law.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653.
Please join us on Monday, October 22 from 6:30am to 9:00am for Coffee with a Cop at the newly opening Panera Bread, located at 188 Boston Road (intersection of Boston and Treble Cove Road, North Billerica). Coffee with a Cop is a nationally recognized initiative where the police and the community interact in a neutral and relaxed atmosphere to provide an opportunity for real conversation about issues that matter. There is no agenda other than a warm welcome. Please take a few minutes to stop by and meet your local police. The coffee is on us!
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at approximately 10:54 AM, the Billerica Police Department responded to a 911 call regarding a medical emergency on Dickinson Street. The medical emergency resulted in a death. Officers on scene discovered several suspicious items in the residence thought to be of an incendiary nature. Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad was notified and responded. The State Police, along with Billerica Police, Fire Department and EMS safely removed the items. A joint investigation between the Billerica Police and Massachusetts State Police is ongoing. There is no public safety issue regarding this incident.