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Whitey Bulger Trial: Former State Trooper Says Garage Was Gang Board Room (LIVE BLOG)

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BOSTON -- A retired state trooper who monitored Whitey Bulger in 1980 will continue his testimony this morning about the downtown Boston garage where he allegedly saw gang members coming and going.


Bob Long, the former detective, was the first witness called by the prosecution after Wednesday's opening statements. He gave little description of what happened inside the Lancaster Street garage that he surveilled for three months. But he identified James "Whitey" Bulger, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi and a host of mafia figures who congregated -- apparently to conduct business -- at the auto shop near the present day TD Garden, home to the Boston Celtics.

Long's description of the assorted black-and-white photographs and surveillance video depicted the garage as a den for official mob business. In some photos, men are seen holding envelopes and packages that Long contended were stuffed with cash.

Following Long's testimony, the prosecution is expected to place Tom Foley, another retired state police officer who investigated Bulger, on the stand. The trial is expected to take at least three months.

Bulger, 83, is accused of 19 murders and other charges stemming from his years as the reputed head of South Boston's Winter Hill Gang. He has pleaded not guilty and remains held without bail.

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