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Roger Berkowitz's Son Released on Bail

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After being arrested for trafficking opium within 1,000 yards of a school zone on Tuesday, the son of Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz has been released on $7,500 bail. Today's Herald reports that Matthew Berkowitz accepted a package from an undercover cop containing 130 poppy plants, and the school zone violation applies even though the exchange took place at the home of the younger Berkowitz, who apparently lives really close to a school. Now that we know the opium was unprocessed and still in plant form, it makes a little more sense why Berkowitz originally told the police that the goods were "for wreaths." According to the family lawyer, the real purpose was for making tea.

· South Boston man bailed after arrest for opium [BH]
· Son of Legal Sea Foods CEO caught dealing opium [-EB-]

[Photo: Poppies/TREKEARTH]