Top Local Agencies in Massachusetts by Marijuana Possession Arrest Rate,
14 Arrest Minimum, (2006)

      Marijuana Arrests Other Arrests
Rank
Agency
Population
Total
Pct. of All Drug Arrests
Poss.
Poss. Rate
Black Pct.
Males Age
15 to 19 Pct.
Other Drugs
Violent
Property
1
Spencer
12,165
94 71% 75 617 0% 44% 39 22 129
2
Wareham
21,424
155 65% 131 611 23% 32% 84 215 184
3
Dudley
10,877
57 73% 56 515 7% 57% 21 15 85
4
Abington
16,449
82 48% 76 462 9% 33% 88 18 111
5
Sutton
9,043
37 70% 37 409 5% 24% 16 2 38
6
Barre
5,412
27 84% 22 407 0% 45% 5 22 64
7
New Bedford
93,661
392 40% 333 356 27% 31% 594 596 2,229
8
Orleans
6,497
25 89% 22 339 5% 32% 3 2 54
9
Montague
8,459
29 69% 28 331 7% 46% 13 22 79
10
Monson
8,816
30 73% 28 318 4% 54% 11 15 82
11
Sturbridge
8,913
31 82% 26 292 0% 42% 7 17 108
12
West Boylston
7,745
25 63% 22 284 9% 45% 15 3 26
13
Mashpee
14,366
43 56% 39 271 10% 28% 34 33 127
14
SP: Berkshire County
12,002
32 68% 31 258 16% 29% 15 8 17
15
Mansfield
23,115
65 77% 59 255 0% 39% 19 20 92
16
Hamilton
8,399
22 96% 21 250 0% 48% 1 2 9
17
Boston
562,393
1,757 37% 1,392 248 69% 30% 2,987 4,364 5,428
18
Amesbury
16,743
53 85% 41 245 0% 44% 9 5 43
19
Walpole
23,251
55 67% 55 237 2% 55% 27 18 128
20
West Bridgewater
6,862
16 64% 16 233 6% 19% 9 4 19
21
Foxborough
16,411
48 65% 38 232 11% 29% 26 31 49
22
Douglas
7,932
22 71% 17 214 0% 35% 9 5 34
23
Swansea
16,348
35 81% 35 214 0% 60% 8 23 136
24
Dennis
15,986
38 61% 34 213 12% 44% 24 30 129
25
Dalton
6,740
15 79% 14 208 0% 36% 4 15 40
26
Newburyport
17,519
39 95% 35 200 6% 37% 2 15 68
27
Acushnet
10,607
23 74% 21 198 0% 52% 8 23 61
28
Holyoke
40,198
83 22% 79 197 4% 41% 296 95 529
29
Franklin
31,079
65 62% 61 196 8% 48% 40 10 128
30
Middleboro
21,325
46 69% 41 192 7% 34% 21 50 147
31
Scituate
18,229
43 75% 35 192 3% 66% 14 17 59
32
Leicester
11,033
28 51% 21 190 0% 33% 27 13 65
33
Danvers
26,202
51 42% 49 187 2% 37% 70 31 378
34
Northampton
28,888
54 66% 54 187 9% 26% 28 29 124
35
Somerset
18,682
34 61% 33 177 6% 42% 22 24 115
36
North Adams
14,094
25 60% 24 170 13% 46% 17 45 152
37
Auburn
16,499
30 70% 27 164 0% 56% 13 36 73
38
West Springfield
28,157
56 62% 46 163 15% 33% 34 82 241
39
Athol
11,767
22 56% 19 161 5% 21% 17 14 74
40
Amherst
34,252
61 74% 55 161 7% 40% 21 20 134
41
Winchendon
10,165
18 60% 16 157 0% 38% 12 20 72
42
Greenfield
17,941
28 49% 27 150 4% 48% 29 62 185
43
Northbridge
14,301
21 70% 21 147 10% 52% 9 15 117
44
Maynard
10,291
15 88% 15 146 13% 40% 2 12 28
45
Charlton
12,550
23 82% 18 143 0% 50% 5 18 52
46
Concord
16,934
26 70% 24 142 8% 50% 11 15 52
47
Rockland
17,946
26 62% 25 139 4% 24% 16 18 30
48
Easthampton
16,100
23 66% 22 137 0% 59% 12 27 74
49
Hopkinton
14,197
19 68% 19 134 5% 58% 9 2 38
50
Rehoboth
11,324
17 81% 15 132 7% 40% 4 9 49
51
Webster
16,952
25 74% 22 130 14% 36% 9 43 157
52
Randolph
30,651
46 49% 39 127 38% 36% 47 84 183
53
Weymouth
54,111
67 34% 67 124 12% 30% 129 81 454
54
Wayland
13,080
16 100% 16 122 6% 50% 0 4 45
55
Ludlow
22,078
27 71% 27 122 0% 52% 11 7 53
56
Lexington
30,448
37 84% 37 122 0% 70% 7 7 42
57
Springfield
152,644
246 24% 184 121 48% 36% 790 539 1,015
58
Harwich
12,751
15 54% 15 118 0% 60% 13 14 55
59
South Hadley
17,166
20 57% 20 117 5% 50% 15 8 37
60
Acton
20,686
25 68% 24 116 4% 75% 12 9 61
61
North Attleboro
28,302
33 66% 32 113 3% 34% 17 27 276
62
Fall River
92,354
114 30% 101 109 24% 36% 271 345 1,801
63
Braintree
33,883
48 26% 37 109 5% 16% 135 54 292
64
Brockton
95,200
161 29% 103 108 63% 38% 390 351 783
65
Barnstable
48,113
62 50% 52 108 23% 33% 63 157 586
66
Bourne
19,472
25 60% 21 108 10% 29% 17 22 86
67
Chelmsford
33,962
38 51% 36 106 3% 58% 37 29 244
68
Sandwich
20,851
23 79% 22 106 0% 64% 6 30 117
69
Raynham
13,579
15 44% 14 103 0% 57% 19 22 241
70
Worcester
176,956
241 27% 179 101 25% 27% 656 640 1,406
71
Hudson
19,057
19 66% 19 100 11% 47% 10 0 89
72
Wilbraham
14,087
14 93% 14 99 0% 79% 1 13 35
73
Andover
33,241
34 71% 33 99 0% 21% 14 7 122
74
Sudbury
17,169
17 94% 17 99 0% 53% 1 2 44
75
Agawam
28,771
29 43% 28 97 0% 61% 38 6 83
76
Revere
46,082
57 31% 44 95 5% 57% 124 104 396
77
Gardner
21,034
21 44% 20 95 5% 35% 27 39 174
78
Attleboro
43,643
45 48% 41 94 2% 24% 49 66 254
79
Marshfield
25,040
30 45% 23 92 0% 35% 37 16 126
80
Framingham
65,451
61 31% 60 92 40% 28% 135 96 285
81
Beverly
40,116
35 44% 35 87 11% 40% 44 70 174
82
Natick
32,135
29 58% 28 87 7% 36% 21 25 309
83
Haverhill
60,604
77 41% 52 86 2% 21% 110 122 441
84
Yarmouth
24,769
27 38% 21 85 10% 38% 44 124 228
85
Wakefield
24,723
20 51% 20 81 0% 60% 19 29 74
86
Fitchburg
40,286
38 30% 32 79 9% 25% 90 115 220
87
Hingham
21,636
17 59% 17 79 6% 53% 12 11 91
88
Brookline
55,924
50 68% 42 75 29% 26% 24 58 130
89
Reading
23,303
19 90% 17 73 0% 41% 2 5 9
90
Billerica
40,203
29 44% 29 72 0% 34% 37 16 118
91
Chelsea
32,713
24 36% 22 67 27% 41% 42 176 330
92
Taunton
56,589
49 26% 37 65 14% 30% 138 172 691
93
Falmouth
33,846
26 46% 22 65 27% 50% 30 37 100
94
Westfield
40,769
27 61% 25 61 12% 44% 17 85 42
95
Salem
42,007
25 100% 25 60 8% 16% 0 64 58
96
Chicopee
55,009
37 44% 31 56 13% 55% 48 107 320
97
Gloucester
30,898
24 52% 17 55 0% 47% 22 15 52
98
Pittsfield
44,124
25 23% 24 54 33% 38% 83 87 287
99
Quincy
90,792
70 22% 49 54 18% 39% 248 122 378
100
Norwood
28,649
15 63% 15 52 7% 40% 9 22 232
101
Dracut
29,066
17 63% 15 52 0% 67% 10 17 96

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Notes:

For financial and other reasons some local police agencies are not able to report arrest data to the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. Of the agencies reporting data to the UCR program, these are the top 101 agencies that report the most arrests for marijuana possession in this state. The table above ranks the reporting agencies with the most marijuana arrests by the arrest rate for marijuana possession.

The population listing in the table refers to the coverage population of the local police agency. University police stations, many divisions of the state police (SP), and some other agencies do not have applicable coverage populations that are reported along with arrest data reported to the UCR program. Consequently arrest rates per 100,000 population can not be calculated and reported for these agencies and they are not included in the above rankings.

Other drug crimes refers to drug-related offenses that to no include marijuana. These include sales and possession offenses involving the following catefories of drugs:

Opiates/Cocaine: This category includes opium, cocaine, and their derivatives. Opiate derivatives include, for example, morphine, heroin, and codeine. Cocaine derivative include crack cocaine.

Synthetic Narcotics: This category includes manufactured narcotics and includes, for example, Demerol , methadone, and Oxycontin.

Other Drugs: This category includes dangerous non-narcotic drugs and includes, for example, barbiturates, benzedrine, LSD, methamphetamine, and PCP.

Violent crimes include murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, motor-vehicle theft, and arson.

 

Source: Uniform Crime Reporting Program Data

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