Page 4 THE SAUGUS ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2021 ~ POLITICAL ANNOUNCEMENT ~ Peter A. Rossetti Jr. runs for another term on Saugus Town Meeting in Precinct 2 D ear Friends and Neighbors in Precinct 2, My name is Peter A Rossetti Jr. I have had the honor to serve as one of your five Town Meeting members in Precinct 2 for more than twenty years. I am a life-long resident of Saugus, attending schools in Saugus at the Cliftondale, Baker and Junior High and Brown & Nichols in Cambridge for High School. I am a graduate of Northeastern University, Bentley College, and the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. I am employed at the Peter Rossetti Insurance Agency/Law office in Cliftondale Square and live on Summit Ave. (on Baker Hill) where I raised my family of three children. Over the years there have been many important issues discussed and debated at Town Meeting that have affected Saugus Residents, notwithstanding the current renovation and resurgence of Cliftondale Square. In the past, the man, a member of the Board of Appeals, a member of the Planning Board, a member of the Saugus Cable TV Board, and a member of the Saugus Business Education Collaborative. I am proud to say I have been A TOWN MEETING VETERAN: Peter A Rossetti Jr. seeks another two-year term in the Precinct 2 Town Meeting seat he’s held for more than two decades. outcome of these debates was not always successful, but emphasized to the Town how important Cliftondale is to Saugus. I have also served as a SelectSaugus’ representative to the Northeast Regional Vocational School. I am pleased to say that we are beginning the construction of a new Vocational School that will allow more Saugus students to learn a trade and get good paying jobs. I have also been involved in local groups such as the Lions Club, the Chambers of Commerce, the Friends of Breakheart, Greater Lynn Senior Services, and Element Care. I am proud to be a resident of Saugus, a business owner in Saugus, and a community leader. I would respectfully ask for one of your five votes for Town Meeting on Election Day this year. Thank you. Peter A. Rossetti Jr. 781-233-1855 Saugus woman pleads guilty to drug trafficking charges By Christopher Roberson N icole Benton, 45, of Saugus, pleaded guilty on September 30 to being involved in a large drug trafficking organization which produced more than 100,000 counterfeit Percocet pills. On June 30, Benton was arrested and charged with the following: conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl and possession a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. According to police, a drug organization, operated by Crip gang member Vincent Caruso, used large pill presses to generate 15,000 fentanyl pills per hour. Benton then distributed the pills to gangs throughout the North Shore. Police said each counterfeit pill has an average street value of $15. Therefore, the sale of 100,000 pills would have yielded approximately $1.5 million. In addition, that number of pills is the equivalent of 10 kilograms of fentanyl. In his affidavit, FBI Special Agent Craig Harvey said Benton conducted a “large number of cash transactions” at The Brook casino in Seabrook, N.H. “Investigators obtained the records of this activity from The Brook and noted that a VIP player card in Benton’s name was being used to place a large number of bets on sporting events and make a large number of cash transactions,” he said. Further review of the casino’s records showed that between February and June, Benton’s VIP card was used to wager more than $400,000 in cash. Within that figure, Benton lost $20,000. “As the payouts are so high, the favored team parlay scheme offers the chance for immediate and lucrative returns in exchange for a relatively small investment of drug proceeds,” said Harvey. Benton is now facing the possibility of life in prison and a fine of up to $15.2 million. Sentencing is scheduled for January 20, 2022.

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