April 17 - 2007: Cape Codders drive to Swansea for their heroin

1967: Mysterious oil slick spotted off Chatham
The strange slick like this one was twenty miles long and six miles wide and stretched from Chatham to the Pollock Rip Lightship off the end of Monomoy Island.

1967: 20-mile long oil slick discovered off Chatham

"Gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore the next day

On this day in 1967, an oil slick of mysterious origin was spotted in the waters off Chatham.

The slick stretched 20 miles in length and six miles across to the southeast of the Pollock Rip lightship, the Coast Guard reported to the Associated Press.

The following day, "gobs of heavy oil" washed ashore on Nantucket, plastering beaches from Great Point to Siasconset.

"The source of the oil was uncertain," the AP reported. "Some officials suggested it might be from a tanker which was sunk off the New Jersey coast during World War II and ruptured last week, but others said oil from the tanker could not have made the 300-mile trip to Cape Cod in a few days.

A Coast Guard official suggested the slick was not unusual and "no more than might be expected in the heavily-trafficked ship track from the Provincetown to Boston" to the north of where the slick was discovered.

2007: Swansea police nab 300 bags of heroin in 'Operation Crossover' traffic stop

"We have evidence that people from Cape Cod have been coming down as well"

On this day in 2007 the Swansea Police Department, in collaboration with several other area police departments, arrested a Fall River man found in possession of heroin after being pulled over on Route 195 on Tuesday, April 3.

Members of the Southcoast Anti-Crime Team (SCAT) arrested 40-year-old Michael Beland of 670 Plymouth Ave., Fall River on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of heroin. Participating in the arrest was Swansea Police Detective Marc Haslam, along with officers from the Bristol County Sheriff's Office and the East Providence Police Department. Detective Haslam said that this latest arrest was part of a trend that seemed to stem from Providence, reaching an undetermined distance into Massachusetts.

"Basically we have determined that a great deal of the heroin for sale in the Southcoast area is coming from Providence," he said. "We have evidence that people from Cape Cod have been coming down as well."

Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons shows a user converting Heroin Tar into "Monkey Water".


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