It’s finally over — I think.
The long saga over who took the 150 pounds of marijuana out of a storage locker behind the old Dracut police station is over, and although we still don’t know who took it, we do know who didn’t.
It was not these two police officers that took the marijuana, and the charges that they were deceptive during the investigation of the stolen drugs have been dropped.
In what would probably be described by most observers as a face-saving deal amicable to all parties, the two officers agreed to a 30-day suspension for “violating departmental rules and regulations with respect to the failure to timely clarify statements previously given in connection with the department investigation.”
Yes, I’m scratching my head, too, but it’s time to move on. Unless we get a phone call from some lady on volcano watch in Iceland telling us that she knows a couple in Dracut that were selling old, smelly, rotting pot, I’d say it’s over.
What do we know now that we didn’t know before this long process?
We now know there is no evidence that this was an inside job in the Dracut Police Department.
There will be lots of talk and plenty of people will claim to know the real story, but none will have facts.
Now this outcome might frustrate and anger some, but I think we should be relieved that there is no evidence that any of our police officers was involved in this theft.
Let’s face it, this department needs that big dark cloud that’s been hanging over it since 2003 to be lifted, and knowing the theft of marijuana was not perpetrated by one of our own should begin to change attitudes, both inside the department and on the streets.
It’s always tough to know what to believe in a situation like this, but it is time to let the talented men and women of the Dracut Police Department do their job and be proud of where they work.
Summer in Dracut would not be complete without the 4th of July bash put on every year by selectmen’s Secretary Barbara Souza and friends down at the school complex.
This year it’s Saturday night, July 2.
Entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. by one of Dracut’s favorite bands, “Brandy.”
Fireworks to follow. And let’s not forget the generous donation by Brox Industries. Steve Brox and family have donated the $5,000 to make the fireworks happen for several years now.
While you’re there, hunt down Barbara and say thanks for all her hard work. She has worked to keep this event alive over the years, and does it so folks will have an in-town place to celebrate Independence Day.
Warren Shaw is a former Dracut selectman who hosts a popular Saturday morning radio show on WCAP-AM from 6 to 10.