DA: Major Drug Bust May Have Saved Lives

BOSTON, March 10, 2015—A large-scale investigation by Boston Police and other departments into drug distribution netted multiple arrests in Hyde Park and more than a kilogram of heroin that prosecutors say was destined for distribution across the region, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

Arraigned on trafficking charges yesterday in West Roxbury Municipal Court were:

  • JOSE VILLEGAS (D.O.B. 11/30/78) of Hyde Park on two counts each of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute cocaine as a subsequent offense, and single counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine,  possession with intent to distribute a class B substance, and possession of an electric stun gun;
  • LUCY FELIZ (D.O.B. 9/28/72) of Hyde Park on one count of trafficking in heroin and two counts of trafficking in cocaine;
  • JORDI DeJESUS (D.O.B. 12/5/92) of Dorchester on trafficking in heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine; and
  • ADERLIN TEJEDA-OBJIO (D.O.B. 3/12/92) of Hyde Park on trafficking in heroin, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession with intent to distribute a class B drug

Assistant District Attorney Michelle Slade requested bail of $200,000 for all of the above defendants and orders that each surrender his or her passport and wear a GPS monitor if released on bail.

Judge David Breen set bail for Villegas at $150,000 and ordered him held on a probation matter stemming from a 2014 drug case.  Breen set $75,000 bail for Feliz, $20,000 for DeJesus, and $10,000 for Tejeda-Objio.  He imposed the requested conditions of release for each defendant.

Also arraigned in connection with the case was SIXTO RUIZ (D.O.B. 9/6/60) of Hyde Park, who was charged with possession of a class B substance.  He was released on his own recognizance.

A lengthy investigation into the distribution of narcotics across the South Shore resulted in the execution of a search warrant Friday at the 254 Austin St. home of Villegas and Feliz, as well as a separate search of Villegas’ vehicle by Boston, Braintree, Weymouth, Quincy, and Randolph police.

“Drug trafficking isn’t just a big city problem,” Conley said. “It’s a statewide problem. Opiate addiction is on the rise and overdoses are near record levels in cities and towns across the Commonwealth. The seizure of these drugs may well have saved lives in Boston and beyond.”

Shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday, officers observed Villegas drive his 2007 Honda Pilot from his Austin Street home to Ruffing Street, where he stopped alongside a GMC pick-up truck with Tejeda-Objio behind the wheel and DeJesus in the passenger seat.  Investigators had previously seen the truck used in the course of drug transactions, prosecutors said.  Villegas passed an object to DeJesus, and the vehicles parted ways after less than one minute.

Officers stopped Villegas’ vehicle on Lodgehill Street, where he exited the SUV and allegedly dropped a plastic bag containing individually packaged baggies of cocaine weighing more than 270 grams.  Officers found $2,188 and a Taser on Villegas.

Believing they had just witnessed a drug transaction, additional officers stopped the pick-up truck in the area of Magee and Austin streets, where Tejeda-Objia allegedly backed the truck into a Boston Police cruiser in an attempt to evade arrest.  He was taken into custody after a struggle.

DeJesus was removed from the vehicle and placed in front of a police cruiser.  On the ground near where DeJesus stood, officers located a paper bag containing smaller plastic bags of heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine.

A search of 254 Austin St. revealed approximately 1,208 grams of heroin, 184 grams of cocaine in powder and crack form, drug ledgers, cutting agents, $76,409 in cash, and other indicia of drug distribution.  Located in a bedroom used by Ruiz was a single bag of cocaine.

Villegas was represented by John Benzan, Feliz by Virginia Benzan, DeJesus by Kelli Porges, Tejada-Objiu by Bruce Linson, and Ruiz by Joseph Eisenstadt.  All return to court April 8.





All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.