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State Troopers Suspended Following Weapons Transfer

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Three Massachusetts State Police troopers have been suspended without pay following an investigation into the transfer of surplus weapons to a state-authorized vendor.

Department spokesman David Procopio says the two troopers and one lieutenant had been assigned to the department’s armory in New Braintree.

The troopers were not identified and it’s unclear what aspect of the transfer triggered the investigation. Procopio says the investigation concerns a “limited number” of surplus weapons.

The armory in Central Mass. is where all the weapons the state buys for troopers first arrive. They’re cataloged and maintained there. When a weapon is issued to a trooper, officials there keep records of it, including serial numbers matched with names, and the history of each weapon. It’s also where surplus weapons and parts are stored. Because of what’s there, it’s meant to be under heavy security, highly organized, and highly controlled.

Attorney General Maura Healey is also looking into exactly what kind of so-called transfer occurred, whether it involved the exchange of money, personal favors, or anything else.

The Attorney General’s office will determine if the allegations rise to the level of a criminal offense.

The troopers have been suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of the case.

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One Comment

  1. Raylan12 says:

    Well I’m sure that Maura “Little Hitler” Healey feels that only the police should have fire arms, so she must be horribly conflicted. I’m sure a nice big campaign donation (otherwise known as a “bribe” in the real world) from the police union will ease her worry and this will be swept under the rug.

  2. John nolan says:

    I think if this investigation was triggered by Maura’s extremist views on our gun laws, this might be the impetus for police rank and file to get behind us honest gun owners. Tell Maura Healey no more ! Stop your extreme adjenda, leave gun owners alone !

    1. Concerned American says:

      Obesy the law little di ck. Guns are for weak puss ies anyway,

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