Brothers Charged after Police Recover Two Handguns, 300+ Painkillers in Southie

BOSTON, August 4, 2017— Two South Boston brothers were arraigned yesterday on gun and drug charges stemming from search warrants on their East 4th Street home, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

JOHN GEORGE (D.O.B. 6/21/78) and KENNETH GEORGE (D.O.B. 11/12/74) were arraigned yesterday in South Boston Municipal Court on charges following the execution of a search warrant at their separate apartments inside a three-family home. 

John George was arraigned on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and single counts of possession with intent to distribution a Class B drug, possession with intent to distribution a Class C drug, trafficking in heroin, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, reckless endangerment of a child. He was additionally charged as a Level II Armed Career Criminal in light of prior convictions for manslaughter, armed assault with intent to rob, and other offenses, prosecutors said.  Judge Michael Bolden imposed $500,000 bail and ordered George to submit to GPS monitoring, remain under house arrest, and surrender his passport in the event he is to be released on bail.

Kenneth George was arraigned on charges of possession with intent to distribution a Class B drug, possession with intent to distribution a Class E drug, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspend license.  Bolden imposed $50,000 bail and the same conditions of release.

As part of a lengthy investigation into drug activity at John George’s East 4th Street apartment and Kenneth George’s apartment in the same building, Boston Police executed search warrants on Wednesday in both units. 

Prior to making entry, police observed Kenneth George exit the building and drive away in a motor vehicle despite the fact that he does not have a valid driver’s license.  He was stopped by police and taken into custody.  At the time of his arrest, George was wanted on warrants for operating after suspension, identity fraud, and possession of a Class A drug.  John George was later seen leaving the building and approached as he entered a commercial vehicle.  He was found to have 27 Oxycodone pills in a baggie in his pocket, prosecutors said.

Inside a first floor unit occupied by Kenneth George, police found empty prescription bottles in the names of other individuals, six Suboxone pills, 37 Lidocaine patches, a police scanner, and a Smith & Wesson replica pellet gun. 

In the third floor apartment occupied by John George, police located 253 oxycodone pills in an unlocked safe inside the closet of a bedroom occupied by children who share the residence, prosecutors said.  A .22 cal revolver was found in the pocket of a sweatshirt hanging in the same closet.  An additional 51 Oxycodone pills were recovered in a second bedroom, as well as 17 Gabapentin capsules and a second firearm – a H&R .38 cal revolver located in a box wrapped in men’s underwear, prosecutors said.

Kenneth George was represented by Jane Moynihan and John George by Michael Doolin.  Both return to court Aug. 28.




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