A major drug bust that included an arrest in a JP restaurant on Sept. 7 led to the seizure of over 3 kilos of cocaine.
Adriano Pena, 35, of Roslindale and Wiston Pena, 42, of Dorchester, were arrested after allegedly exchanging more than 200 grams of cocaine. Adriano Pena was arrested at El Embajador restaurant, at 3371 Washington St. in JP, and Wiston Pena was arrested in Dorchester, according to a press release from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.
In addition to the cocaine trafficking charge, Adriano Pena was arraigned on a count of possession of a Class A substance (heroin) with intent to distribute. Wiston Pena had suspended sentences for drug cases out of South Boston from 2000.
The investigation utilized Boston Police, Cambridge Police, Massachusetts State Police, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and prosecutors assigned to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Narcotics Unit. It involved surveillance of multiple locations across Boston.
Task force members were observing Adriano Pena and Wiston Pena on Sept. 7. Allegedly, they witnessed Wiston Pena pick up a back plastic bag, which he later gave to Adriano Pena.
Adriano Pena then went to El Embajador and entered with the black plastic bag, where he was arrested near patrons, staff members and the restaurant’s owner.
The owner could not be reached for comment.
The black bag contained two bricks of cocaine. Subsequent searches of both residences led to the recovery of $1,276 in cash along with about eight grams of heroin and 35 more bags of cocaine.
According to a press release, the cocaine would fetch up to $100,000.