Encore Boston Harbor Visitor Arrested for Selling Meth
A visitor to the Encore Boston Harbor in Massachusetts was arrested recently after trying to sell meth to patrons of the casino.
We have heard of a lot of criminal activity at casinos over the years. From robberies and fights to murder and abuse. However, in between the standard violence, sometimes, individuals reach a new level of stupid. This week, it was announced that a patron of the Encore Boston Harbor decided to use his trip to the casino to not play games, but instead sell meth. He was caught in the act and arrested by police for his actions. The incident took place in September and the individual has since been indicted for his crimes.
Details of the Incident
The state Attorney General’s office announced this week that Matthew Gorman, age 32 of New Hampshire, is the individual involved in the incident. He was indicted by the Middlesex County Grand Jury on five counts connected to possession of a large scale-firearm along with other charges, including options associated with a Class B Substance.
The state police completed an investigation into Gorman which led to his arrest late last year. Gorman was found trying to sell meth on the gaming floor of the casino and was carrying weapons upon his arrest. He had two semi-automatic pistols as well as three magazines with large capacity on his person.
The incident took place at a time when the casinos are operating at a much lower capacity than normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three casinos in Massachusetts, including the Encore Boston Harbor, are functioning at 25% capacity since December.
For his actions, Gorman is facing serious penalties. In Massachusetts, any individual who provides Class B controlled substances could face as much as 10 years in prison. There is also a fine of up to $10,000. Additional jail time is on the table for Gorman as he was carrying firearms. With large-capacity firearm charges, he faces up to five years in prison.
Gorman will be sentenced for his crimes later on this year. It is expected he will face some sort of jail time for his actions.
Monitoring the Casinos
In the state, the police presence has always been heavy at the casinos. Casino services began in 2011 and law dictated that each property must be monitored by the Gaming Enforcement Division of the Attorney General’s office.
Since opening, the casinos have dealt with criminal activity and have required the assistance of police. The Gaming Enforcement Division is often called to assist when there are major issues on-site. Last year, the Encore Boston had to call the Division to help with an individual who was acting up in the poker room of the facility.
Brandon Wangnoon was acting in an aggressive manner and in the process of trying to apprehend him and remove him from the casino, two officers were injured. The troopers suffered from back injuries and a concussion.
These incidents are isolated but do occur. Casinos are often targets of criminal behavior or acting out due to alcohol being served. Criminals target the casinos due to money onsite while others may drink a little too much and act out of character.
The Encore Boston Harbor is owned and operated by Wynn Resorts, a well-established gaming company. Wynn has said in the past that the casino is free of violence and it seems over 10,000 people visiting daily, pre-pandemic of course.
The facility has security measures in place and Gaming Enforcement Division officials are on-site at all times. This helps to cut down on criminal behavior at the casino. Seeing a physical security presence at the facility can stop some instances from occurring or help to put an end to an altercation as soon as it starts.