BOSTON, Dec. 6, 2013—Eleven accused members of a Boston-based drug-trafficking organization have been arrested, with one alleged leader held on $1 million cash bail at his arraignment on a raft of narcotics charges, Acting Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, and Special Agent in Charge Vincent Lisi of the FBI’s Boston Division said today.
The arrests came amid Operation Whirlwind, a wiretap-based offshoot of an earlier federal investigation. The operation led to the seizure of some $40,000 in cash, an additional $800 in counterfeit US currency, two illegal firearms, and just under a kilogram of heroin. Seven defendants were arrested yesterday morning; four more were already in custody, having been arrested on various dates throughout the investigation. more »
BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2013—More than two decades after 38-year-old Richard Gleason of Cambridge was stabbed to death inside a Dorchester apartment, the man long suspected of killing him finally admitted his guilt, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
EUGENE SUTTON (D.O.B. 5/16/65) pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter in Gleason’s 1989 slaying. Judge Christine Roach imposed the maximum sentence of 19 to 20 years in prison. Sutton went to trial on a murder charge last year, but that trial ended in a hung jury exactly one year ago today. Jury selection in his re-trial was scheduled to begin tomorrow. more »
BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2013—A driver for a private van company was arraigned today on charges that he sexually assaulted two developmentally-disabled riders in his care repeatedly last month, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
ROBERT T. BUCKLEY (D.O.B. 9/14/49) of Salem was formally charged in Chelsea District Court with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability and one count of intimidation of a witness. Assistant District Attorney Ursula Knight recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail. Judge Matthew Nestor set bail at $1,000. more »
BOSTON, Dec. 3, 2013—The prisoner accused of shooting a deputy sheriff during a trip to a Boston hospital remains held on $1 million cash bail following his indictment for a litany of violent offenses linked to his alleged escape plot, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury on Nov. 15 indicted RAYMOND WALLACE (D.O.B. 5/5/77) of Marblehead on charges of escape, aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm, and two counts of assault and battery on a corrections officer. Because of his prior record, Wallace was additionally indicted as an armed career criminal and habitual offender. more »
Family Speaks as Two Get Life for Murder of 16-Year-Old
BOSTON, Dec. 2, 2013—Two Dorchester men were sentenced to life in prison today after prosecutors proved that they gunned down 16-year-old Jaivon Blake and nearly killed his 14-year-old friend in a gang-related shooting two years ago, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 29, 2013—Suffolk County DA Dan Conley and Middlesex DA Marian Ryan this week brought prosecutors, victim advocates, and others together for a day-long training seminar in Boston that they hope will help interrupt the cycle of domestic violence and identify defendants whose abuse may become lethal.
The main speaker at the Nov. 25 “DV and the DA” event was Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell. A nationally and internationally respected authority on intimate partner violence, Campbell is the author of seven books and more than 200 articles on DV and related topics, has been the primary investigator in numerous federally-funded research grants, and co-chaired the steering committee for the World Health Organization’s Multi-County Study on Violence Against Women and Women’s Health. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 27, 2013—The woman accused of killing 7-year-old Brianna Rosales while driving drunk was ordered held without bail at her arraignment this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
OLIVIA MORA (D.O.B. 7/19/77) was arraigned in Dorchester District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide while operating under the influence, operating under the influence causing serious bodily injury, and operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Masai King, Judge Jonathan Tynes ordered Mora held without bail. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 26, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Acting Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans today identified the alleged gunman in the shooting that left Ana Cruz, Felix Garcia, and Brian Tirado dead at a house party in Roxbury this summer.
The Suffolk County Grand Jury late Friday returned indictments charging JAEL ROMERO (D.O.B. 5/30/90) with three counts of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm for the June 22 incident at 153 Intervale St. Romero is currently held on open, unrelated charges in Bristol County and a warrant has been lodged to hold him in the event that he posts bail in that case. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013—An off-duty State trooper is accused of operating under the influence of alcohol and illicit drugs when he collided with a marked State Police cruiser that in turn struck a civilian vehicle, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said today.
SHAWN D’AMATO (D.O.B. 5/14/71) was arraigned in his bed at Massachusetts General Hospital on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, operating under the influence of drugs, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to change lanes for an emergency vehicle. Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that he be held on $2,000 cash bail and be ordered not to drive while the case is pending. Chelsea District Court Judge Benjamin Barnes released him on his own recognizance but imposed the no-driving order. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 25, 2013—A Hyde Park man already facing one drunk driving charge is now charged with another in which he allegedly crashed a pick-up truck, killing his passenger, then fled the scene and left her dead, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
GREGORY COLANDRIS (D.O.B. 4/10/91), whose driver’s license is suspended, was arraigned today in West Roxbury District Court on charges of operating under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident causing death. Assistant District Attorney Benjamin Megrian recommended that he be held on $150,000 cash bail on this case and that his bail on an earlier West Roxbury drunk driving case and a Brockton assault and battery case be revoked. Judge Debra Shopteese imposed $50,000 and the revocation orders. more »
Another Victim, 14, Nearly Killed in Gang-Related Shooting
BOSTON, Nov. 22, 2013— Two Dorchester men were found guilty today of gunning down 16-year-old Jaivon Blake as part of a gang feud in which the youth had no part, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 20, 2013—A repeat drunk driver from Canton was arraigned this week after he struck another vehicle while operating under the influence of alcohol, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
HECTOR TOLEDO (D.O.B. 4/24/64) was arraigned Monday in West Roxbury District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fourth offense and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Judge Robert McKenna granted Assistant District Attorney Christopher Aiello’s request that bail be set in the amount of $5,000 and revoked Toledo’s bail in an open case out of Boston Municipal Court in which he is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery, as well as a second case out of Dedham District Court charging assault and battery. He was additionally ordered to remain alcohol-free. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2013—A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted the Boston man who fatally shot 32-year-old Carl Bonnie during a 2009 drug deal, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
After about eight days of testimony and almost two days of deliberations, jurors found TREVOR “SPECIALIST” HIGGINS (D.O.B. 10/22/74) guilty of second-degree murder and unlawful possession of a shotgun in connection with Bonnie’s Nov. 12, 2009 shooting death. Sentencing will take place Friday, at which time Judge Judith Fabricant is expected to impose the mandatory sentence for second-degree murder of life in prison with the possibility of parole. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2013—A Pembroke man was arraigned last week for allegedly driving drunk and pointing a freshly-purchased, fully-loaded handgun at other drivers in the Tip O’Neil Tunnel, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
GUY MILLER III (D.O.B. 7/31/69) was arraigned Friday in the Boston Municipal Court with operating under the influence as a second offense, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, improper storage of a large capacity firearm, and possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. Miller was not charged with unlawfully possessing the firearm because he had a valid license to carry it. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—A South Boston man and his teenaged son were formally charged with murder today for allegedly taking part in the violent attack yesterday that left 29-year-old Edwin Santos dead, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ANGEL SANCHEZ, 16, was arraigned this afternoon in South Boston District Court for his role in the fatal beating and stabbing. Though he is a Juvenile, Sanchez’ case is open to the public because he is charged with murder. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Mark Zanini, chief of the DA’s Juvenile Unit, Judge Michael Bolden ordered him held without bail. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—A Newton man was arraigned today on charges he stabbed a bar employee after a failed attempt to cut the line at a downtown bar, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
PETER DAMELIO (D.O.B. 9/11/75) was arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. Assistant District Attorney Ian Leson requested that bail for Damelio be set at $25,000 and that his bail be revoked in an open case out of Somerville District Court charging him with drug offenses. Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail in the amount of $15,000 and revoked Damelio’s bail. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—The state’s highest court last week reversed a decision by a Boston Municipal Court judge who vacated a defendant’s guilty pleas more than a decade after accepting them, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
The Supreme Judicial Court On Nov. 12 vacated a 2011 order by Boston Municipal Court Judge Raymond Dougan, Jr., allowing ANGEL CARTAGENA (D.O.B. 3/21/53) to withdraw his 1996 guilty pleas to two counts of larceny over $250, two counts of uttering, and one count of receiving stolen property. The Massachusetts Appeals Court last year similarly reversed the order, but Cartagena appealed that decision to the SJC, which remanded the case for further findings by the plea judge.
Cartagena claimed that he did not understand the ramifications of his guilty plea, despite a record showing that he “waive[d] his right to a jury trial and admitted guilt willingly, knowingly, and voluntarily” and a copy of a plea tender sheet in which Dougan acknowledged that he had advised the defendant of the rights he has under law and the consequences of waiving them for purposes of a guilty plea. Cartagena filed an affidavit that no colloquy took place, but he did not provide affidavits from the attorneys who represented him at the time, who would have insisted on a proper colloquy.
In granting Cartagena’s motion to withdraw those guilty pleas, Dougan said on the record that he didn’t recall the proceedings but was not confident that he followed the law for judges who accept guilty pleas from defendants.
“I, as the judge who took this tender, am not willing to presume that I did what I was required to do,” the SJC decision quotes him as saying.
The high court rejected that line of thought, finding that court proceedings have a presumption of regularity in the absence of some specific indication that an event was somehow irregular.
“‘A judge should … not accept a plea unless satisfied that the plea is voluntary and that the defendant understands the nature of the charges,’” the court wrote, quoting a 1993 SJC decision. “When a guilty plea is challenged, it is ordinarily the Commonwealth’s burden to demonstrate that a plea was knowingly and voluntarily made … But where, as here, a contemporaneous record of the plea proceedings no longer exists due to the passage of time, and it is impossible or impractical to reconstruct the record, the defendant is required to ‘present some articulable reason which the motion judge deems a credible indicator that the presumptively proper guilty plea proceedings were constitutionally defective.’”
Assistant District Attorney Zachary Hillman argued the case before the SJC. Attorney Rebecca Jacobstein represented Cartagena.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
BOSTON, Nov. 18, 2013—The man who pulled a gun on Joseph Morante, Jr., during a July 31 robbery pulled the trigger even though he faced no resistance from the store clerk, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
ELOSKO BROWN (D.O.B. 2/23/86) of Brockton was arraigned in Roxbury District Court today on charges of murder, armed robbery, and unlawful possession of a firearm, all in connection with Morante’s shooting death outside the Roxbury electronics store where he worked. At the request of Assistant District Attorney Edmond Zabin, he was ordered held without bail pending trial. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2013—More than 20 men and women were arrested in Boston and other municipalities last night and this morning after a lengthy wiretap investigation targeting a sophisticated drug trafficking network, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley and Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said today.
Warrant sweeps based on evidence developed by the DA’s Narcotics Unit and Boston Police Special Investigations Unit began last night and continued today in Dorchester, Roxbury, Beacon Hill, and Mattapan – but also in Abington, Attleboro, Duxbury, Quincy, and Salem, officials said.
The investigation – dubbed “Operation Limehouse” after the opium-soaked section of London described by Charles Dickens, Sax Rohmer, and others – led to 21 arrests, with additional arrests possible. Those taken into custody today included top-level importers, who allegedly brought heroin, cocaine, and marijuana into Massachusetts, lower-level distributors, and participants at levels in between. All were arraigned in the Boston Municipal Court today and charged with conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws; many were additionally charged with drug distribution and/or possession offenses based on the circumstances of their arrests. They are:
Top Level – Importers:
“The defendants charged in this case, by and large, aren’t young men or fresh to the game,” Conley said. “They’re in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even older. They had a business plan and a mission statement – to make as much money as possible by selling narcotics through carefully-selected runners and distributors. This was a highly organized, highly disciplined group that worked with major suppliers. It had tentacles that reached from the heart of Boston to as far north as Salem and as far south as Attleboro.”
Investigators seized more than two kilograms of heroin, more than $140,000 in cash, three handguns, ammunition, and other contraband at 22 separate locations. Images of the seized evidence can be viewed at http://bpdnews.com/news/2013/11/15/media-availability. The arrests and seizures came after more than a year of investigation that began with traditional controlled buys and surveillance but escalated to judicially-approved phone intercepts this summer after investigators exhausted all other avenues for reaching the top-level suppliers.
Flores and Morales are expected to return to court on Monday, by which time investigators hope to determine their true identities. The others will return to court on various dates throughout December.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
BOSTON, Nov. 15, 2013—Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley was joined by Acting Boston Police Commissioner William Evans and a top courtroom prosecutor to deliver the following remarks on a 20-count indictment charging EDWIN ALEMANY (D.O.B. 9/2/84) with the July 23 homicide of Amy Lord and three other attacks on women: more »
BOSTON, Nov. 13, 2013—A Quincy attorney was arraigned on drug charges today for allegedly bringing a controlled substance to a person at Chelsea District Court, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
MICHAEL LUSTIG (D.O.B. 7/13/68) was arraigned on charges of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws for allegedly bringing Suboxone tablets – prescribed for opiate addiction but also sold and used illicitly – to court today with the alleged intention of delivering them to ALICIA DEMARCO (D.O.B. 1/1/86). DeMarco is not Lustig’s client.
Based in part on defaults in a 2008 case charging receiving stolen property and conspiracy, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that Lustig be held on $20,000 cash bail and, if he posts that amount, an order to stay away from DeMarco. Judge Matthew Nestor imposed $2,000 and the stay-away order.
Based on information that Lustig would be attempting this delivery, State Police narcotics detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office obtained an anticipatory order for search and seizure from a Suffolk Superior Court judge. The order allowed a search of his person in the event that he arrived at or in the vicinity of Chelsea court, which he did at about 10:30 this morning.
State Police confronted Lustig after he used his identification to bypass security. When asked his business, Lustig allegedly said he was there to visit “a friend.” When provided with a copy of the judge’s order, he allegedly asked, “If I give them to you, will you let me go?”
They did not let him go.
Lustig provided troopers with an envelope bearing DeMarco’s name. To protect any potential privilege, troopers did not open the envelope but instead provided it to the judge who issued the order. Lustig allegedly made several unsolicited statements including “She made me do it” and “She set the whole thing up.”
DeMarco, a resident of Reading, was in court today on a case charging distribution of a Class B substance. She was not taken into custody but detectives plan to seek a complaint charging her with conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
BOSTON, Nov. 8, 2013—A Marlboro man was charged with kidnapping and related charges yesterday for allegedly forcing a Revere woman into his Jaguar at the point of a gun, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
JEAN DORESCA (D.O.B. 10/1/87) was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of armed kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, and a violating a municipal ordinance violation against carrying a knife with a blade longer than 2½ inches. Assistant District Attorney Michael Lafleur requested that bail be set in the amount of $20,000 and that an order be entered protecting the victim’s personal identifying information. Judge Benjamin Barnes declined to impose monetary bail and released Doresca on his own recognizance with orders to stay away and have no contact with the victim. He did not issue the protective order. more »
BOSTON, Nov. 8, 2013—A Medford man was arraigned yesterday for allegedly assaulting an MBTA bus driver in October, leading to a collision that damaged three parked cars, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.
DOUGLAS BERGERON (D.O.B. 5/17/81), who has three open criminal cases in as many courthouses, is now charged with a fourth: an October incident on a Route 117 bus for which he is charged with assault and battery on a public employee, interfering with a bus driver, and three counts of wanton destruction of property. more »