Letter to the Editor:
As one of the many Cape families that has lost a loved one to heroin, I write to applaud the Sandwich Police for their arrest of 2 major Cape heroin traffickers last Thursday, and condemn the Barnstable County Clerk of Courts for setting them free that same day.
Both these individuals were found to be in possession of 74 grams of heroin. These are the people who are poisoning our kids. Barnstable County had 512 opioid related deaths between 2000-2016, among the highest per capita opioid death rate in the state. And these are the people our Barnstable Clerk – Magistrate chose to release on “personal recognizance", with zero bail required. Finally, these are the people who never showed up the next morning for their arraignment, and most likely are back trafficking heroin in our community.
It's hard to imagine how this happened as both these individuals show prior heroin arrests if you do a quick search of their names. A drunk driver with previous arrests would be required to post bail because they are a danger to our community, but not heroin traffickers? It seems the only people with less integrity than the Cape heroin traffickers, are the Cape appointed court employees that appear to no longer represent Cape working families.
These government employees need to start being held accountable for their actions. Cape Codders are fed up with their incompetence and / or corruption that continues to result in the release dangerous criminals into our community.
Where is the Barnstable Clerk – Magistrate Charles Ardito on this latest failure of his team? Silence.
Where is Sandwich State Representative Randy Hunt on demanding transparency so the public understands how this could happen? Silence.
It's time Cape Codders stand with law enforcement and take back control of our local justice system that continues to let us down, and no longer shares values with Cape working families. Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates of incarceration among all states, yet our justice system appears fixated with “progressive reform” at the expense of public safety, and the safety of law enforcement.
What ever happened to: don't do the crime if you can't do the time?