SCOTT MAYEROWITZ; Journal Staff Writer January 22, 2001, Monday, Massachusetts Edition Copyright 2001 The Providence Journal Company The Providence Journal-Bulletin January 22, 2001, Monday, Massachusetts Edition
(TIVERTON, R.I.) -- Jury selection in the trial of Tiverton Detective Sgt. William Sedoma Sr., charged in 1999 with conspiring to sell marijuana, is scheduled to start today in U.S. District Court, Boston.
Sedoma, 42, of 45 Adelard Ave., Tiverton, faces 19 federal counts for allegedly tipping off drug traffickers in Somerset and Fall River about undercover police operations.
Sedoma, an 18-year veteran of the Tiverton Police Department, was arrested Nov. 9, 1999, and pleaded innocent on Nov. 15, 1999. He has been suspended without pay since his arrest. He is under home confinement and out of jail on a $30,000 secured bond.
The drug organization allegedly led by Alan Theberge, 36, of 156 Statler Ave., Somerset, received and distributed more than 220 pounds of marijuana in Fall River and Tiverton from 1993 to 1998, according to court records. The organization allegedly received drugs from Bradley Rosenfeld, 34, of 1044 E. Sandpiper Drive, Tempe, Ariz., through shipments that came from various parts of Arizona.
Sedoma, Theberge, Rosenfeld, Edward Piszcz, 34, of 127 Sheraton Ave., Somerset, Dominick Plourde, 34, of 1030 High St., Fall River, and John Barsana, 30, of 1863 Pleasant St., Fall River, were indicted on Oct. 29, 1999, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Theberge, Plourde, Piszcz and Rosenfeld were also charged in October 1999 with conspiring to launder money.
Sedoma was originally charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. On Oct. 12, a grand jury handed up an indictment with 18 additional counts.
The U.S. Attorney General's office has also filed to have all the defendants forfeit any property derived from the alleged drug dealing or money laundering.
The first of the additional charges, conspiring to commit offenses against the United States, accuses Sedoma of interfering with the federal drug investigation on numerous occasions.
The indictment alleges Sedoma learned that law enforcement officers had intercepted a package of marijuana for Theberge, and Sedoma allegedly told Theberge of the interception.
Sedoma also allegedly used police computers to check the registration of cars that Theberge suspected of being used by undercover law enforcement officers.