Angie, who joined The Eagle-Tribune in 2003, won the honor of Photographer of the Year for parent company CNHI in 2011. She says she is happy her career allows her to have experiences she may never have encountered in another profession. She is a graduate of New England School of Photography, where her work focused mainly on shooting documentary stories. She lives in Beverly with her boyfriend, in a house filled with bicycles and cats.
POY_ET_ABE (120410_ET_ABE_DRUGS.jpg) by Angie Beaulieu: A detective with the Lawrence Police Department’s Street Narcotic Enforcement Unit questions a man after he was suspected of being involved in a drug deal in April.
Photographers Take: After being disbanded for a couple of years, the Lawrence Police Department’s Street Narcotic Enforcement Unit had been back for one day working and already made five arrests. I was assigned to go on a ride-along the next day to capture the events of the detectives’ work.
The morning started off pretty uneventful. I sat for about an hour with a detective doing surveillance on a street known for drug activity in North Lawrence. With nothing going on there, he and the other detectives in unmarked cruisers decided to change locations. During the drive, the detective explained what they look for when searching for typical drug transactions.
Just then, an officer radioed in a possible drug deal and we were off: lights on, speed high and adrenaline pumping. We caught up with the alleged buyers near the Bellevue Cemetery. We all quickly jumped out of our vehicles and the officers pulled the two men from their car and cuffed them faster than they could figure out what was happening.
All the while, I was shooting as fast as I could, trying not to miss any of the action. Afterward they searched and questioned the men for awhile, so I had plenty of time to take in my surroundings and shoot photos to best tell the story. The detectives didn’t find any drugs, but did find a very large amount of cash on one of the men. This suggested that they were planning on purchasing from the dealer, but for some reason did not.