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March 6, 2013

Police say lump turned out to be pills


Defense lawyer Chris Beares produced copies of prescriptions for three of the drugs, which he said his client, who collects Social Security Disability Income, takes for anxiety.

“Despite where he might have been holding them, he has lawful possession of the drugs,” Beares argued.

“He may still possess them legally, but he can’t distribute them,” Lauranzano responded. “Certainly, where the drugs were found leads me to believe there was probable cause” for the intent to distribute charges.

Prosniewski noted that the prescriptions were for far-smaller quantities than police found in the bag.

Lauranzano granted Prosniewski’s request for $5,000 bail. Laskin is due back in court on April 5.

In addition to Cunningham, Patrolmen Tom Pelletier and Deni Gaito took part in the arrest.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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