Drug bust goes down in JP

On July 1, Boston Police officers raided an organized drug trafficking operation in the area of 42 Forbes Street and recovered over 400 grams of heroin, 250 grams of fentanyl, and $4,945 in cash, according to bpdnews.com.

Officers assigned to the Boston Police Department (BPD) City Wide Drug Control Unit executed a search warrant for the raid as part of a month-long investigation into the trafficking operation. Officers took four targets of their investigation into custody. These persons include Angel Martinez, 49, of Roxbury, Pablo Baez, 32, of Jamaica Plain, Carlos Melendez, 28, of Jamaica Plain and Maylelin Ramirez-Tejeda, 32, of Jamaica Plain.

The suspects have been arraigned in West Roxbury District Court on multiple charges, including Trafficking Class A and B drugs, Possession of Class B drugs with intent to distribute, and distribution of Class B drugs, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors requested bail of $500,000 for Melendez, Ramirez-Tejeda, and Baez, but Judge Mary Ann Driscoll set bail at $50,000 each for Melendez and Baez, and $500 bail for Ramirez-Tejeda. All three have also been ordered to surrender their passports and submit to GPS monitoring in the event they are released on bail. Driscoll set bail of $10,000 for Martinez and revoked his bail on open cases out of Roxbury Municipal Court.

All of the defendants are scheduled to return to court on July 21.

Each defendant was represented at arraignment by an attorney who was appointed for the arraignment only, meaning that each defendant will be appointed a different attorney for future court dates. During arraignment, Melendez was represented by attorney Fran Tucker, Ramirez-Tejeda and Martinez by Rachel Rosenberg, and Baez-Soto by Thomas Chirokas. None of the defendant’s attorneys responded to the Gazette’s request for comment.

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