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On Thursday as a result of an ongoing investigation two men from California were arrested after police discovered 66 pounds of cocaine in their tractor-trailer unit in Chelsea.

The two men arrested in Chelsea were from California and were brought to the Chelsea District Court on Friday. They are each charged with trafficking in cocaine and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws. Trafficking in this amount of cocaine carries a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence if convicted.

Large amounts of drugs such as in this case are usually considered for federal prosecution rather than being handled at the state level. Whether they will be charged federally is yet to be determined.

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In a separate incident a routine traffic stop in Dorchester led to the arrest of a man from Providence Rhode Island. He was stopped for failing to use a blinker, the rental car was driving was reported overdue. As the police inventoried the vehicle prior to it being towed the discovered 40 pounds of cocaine and 29 pounds of heroin.

The suspect was charged with trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in heroin in the Dorchester District Court and was held on $500,000 cash bail. Trafficking in heroin this amount carries a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence, trafficking in cocaine over 200 grams also carries a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence.

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The use of the word trafficking signifies the mere amount possessed is of such a large quantity than the law presumes it is not mere possession for personal use but rather an amount which reflects the intent to distribute or sell the controlled substance. Mere possession is a different charge, distribution or sale of a controlled substance carries stiffer penalties. Distribution can be proven by the Commonwealth or the federal government by the sheer amount of the drug as we see in these cases or through other evidence of distribution such as how the drugs are packaged, scales, drug packaging material, large amounts of currency, and multiple cell phones beepers.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients throughout all of Massachusetts including Dorchester and Chelsea who are charged with drug trafficking and drug distribution. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

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Stephen P. Bold was arrested by the Mashpee police on Wednesday on charges of rape and indecent assault and battery. The police did not provide specifics about the allegations but we know it’s related to a female who is not a member of his family.

The charges of rape and indecent assault and battery are not alleged to have happened while he was on duty as a firefighter but rather at some point while off duty. Bold has been honored for his work as a paramedic and firefighter, is been part of the force for over 20 years.

It is expected that he will fight these charges which could have a grave effect on his ability to remain as a custodial parent his two children both under the age of 10. If convicted not only his incarceration a fear in these types of cases but when convicted of criminal sexual conduct it may affect custody rights of minor children.

Frank Fernandez is a defense attorney serving Cape Cod and all of Massachusetts. When charged with a sexual crime is important to getting an experienced defense attorney involved as quickly as possible. The majority of these cases are swearing contests between the defendant and the alleged victim; it is important for a defense lawyer to become involved quickly to preserve whatever evidence may be valuable.

Rape can be charged in many different forms, there is aggravated rape which involves force causing physical harm or a victim who is placed in a special category such as being pregnant. Indecent assault and battery is the unwanted touching of another’s private sexual areas which are the breasts, vagina, penis or buttocks. Conviction for either rape or indecent assault and battery besides potential incarceration would require registration with the sex offense registration board or SORB. SORB classifies sex offenders and requires that an offender be placed on a list which may be viewable by the public for those classified as more serious sex offenders. Classification as a sex offender can be challenged through a hearing to determine the appropriate sex offender level. It is important to have an experienced criminal lawyer represent you in front of the sexual offender registration board.

If you’ve been charged or being investigated for a criminal sexual offense, call Frank Fernandez criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation regarding your case.

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Eduardo Torres, 48, of Marlboro, was pulled over Saturday morning, September 24, for an expired inspection sticker. The officer noticed to open beer bottles and the smell of alcohol on his breath. After failing field sobriety tests Torres was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol. He has three prior alcohol-related offenses from California and to prior operating under the influence charges in Massachusetts, he was charged with a sixth offense OUI.

Torres was previously ordered deported by immigration and will be handed over to federal authorities after his criminal case is completed. The incident along with others involving illegal immigrants have drawn a lot of publicity to those immigrants who are here illegally and drive without a license or commit criminal offenses. Sheriff’s from local communities are using these latest incidents to draw attention to the secure communities program. The secure communities program requires that police run a suspects fingerprints through a database and alert federal officials if it is determined that the suspect is not the US with proper authorization.

Torres was held without bail and faces a mandatory minimum sentence if convicted. It appears he did not take the breathalyzer. OUI charges have an increasing scale when it comes to penalties based on the amount of prior offenses. A first offense OUI usually requires an alcohol program, a short loss of license as well as fines and fees; a second offense usually requires a two-week inpatient alcohol program; a third offense will require mandatory minimum sentence in jail with a long loss of license. Any subsequent offense after a third offense carries an even longer mandatory minimum sentence and eventually a permanent loss of license.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney serving Boxborough and all surrounding communities in both criminal and civil litigation matters. Please contact us for a free consultation.

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This took place after a national effort to find and remove illegal immigrants with prior criminal convictions some with multiple criminal convictions. US immigration and customs enforcement better known as ICE conducted a nationwide sweep that lasted seven days which detained immigrants with felony convictions such as: manslaughter attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, drug trafficking, child abuse, sexual crimes and aggravated assault. ICE named this operation crosscheck and said it was the largest of its kind involved over 1900 officers and agents from the 24 field offices with police organizations offering assistance.

19 arrests occurred in Boston, many of those arrested were already considered immigration fugitives in that they had been previously ordered removed from the country but failed to leave, some had been previously deported and had reentered illegally.

Some of those arrested were presented to both local and federal authorities for criminal prosecution at least 146 of those arrested were being considered for prosecution on a variety of charges including illegal reentry after deportation a federal charge which can carry up to 20 years in prison.

There has been a lot of press lately related to illegal immigrants and criminal conduct within the state of Massachusetts. Recently there’ve been at least two arrests for OUI, which is operating under the influence or drunk driving, one incident which led to the death of an innocent third party these accidents were caused by illegal immigrants driving without a license. Massachusetts does not allow for someone to obtain a license unless they have a Social Security number making it impossible for illegal immigrants to attain a Massachusetts driver’s license.

By 2013 ICE or immigration customs enforcement will be receiving notification from all local state authorities as to the arrest or stop of any person suspected of being in the United States without proper documentation. Many are calling for Congress to take action and reform the current state of affairs as it stands for illegal immigrants who have been living and working in this country while raising families. The recent arrests of illegal immigrants have brought this topic to the forefront in Massachusetts. There are staunch advocates on both sides. The one thing that remains clear is that congressional action must be taken to clarify and establish a clear set of guidelines and expectations for those illegal immigrants who have lived in the US for many years. Without clear guidelines they will continue to be growing communities of people without any legitimate status to work, drive or vote throughout all of the United States.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney who practices in the Latin community in Massachusetts. He also provides representation in civil litigation matters such as personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He can be reached for free consultation at 617-393-0250.

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A large crowd of adults and about 35 to 40 9-year-old children witnessed a teenager climb over the outfield fence at Lynch field naked with a T-shirt covering his face. The teenager ran around streaking in the outfield until he jumped the outfield fence again and fled in a waiting truck.

The teenager had dropped his cell phone on the field. The truck was spotted a short time later at the Hingham bathing beach. Police spotted teenagers by the truck one of them was identified from a photograph found on the phone.

Oliver Sullivan, 18, was charged with one count of open and gross lewdness in Hingham District Court. Sullivan stated to the police that his friends dared him to streak and bet him $20 that he would not do it. Open and gross lewdness is a sex crime and a second offense would require registering as a sex offender. This type of charge can have a great effect on young man’s future; a conviction must be avoided at all costs so that this teenager does not have to answer for this charge for the rest of his life in job interviews and in filling out applications.

Another issue that this case raises is the right to privacy when it comes to a person’s cell phone. The police need to have probable cause and good reason to begin searching a person’s cell phone. This case is a little different in that the phone was lost by a suspect while fleeing and therefore the police can probably justify their looking into the phones contents. Where the police make an arrest and then begin to search through an arrested person cell phone then this would be grounds for a motion to suppress evidence.

Everyone is foolish and carefree as a teenager but foolish behavior which leads to charges of a sex crime must be handled very delicately. Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal attorney who has years of experience in protecting the criminal records of his clients. To speak with a criminal lawyer now please feel free to call for free consultation 617-393-0250.

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After a five-hour standoff with Revere, Everett and Malden police as well as FBI and SWAT teams police finally captured Rolando Gala, 29, of Boston. Gala is suspected of being the backstreet bandit responsible for the robbery of the Brookline bank in Malden as well as other robberies that have recently taken place in the area.

Police were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at 68 Dale St. in Revere when the suspect refused to come out of the home claiming to be armed. The Revere SWAT team eventually entered the home after a five-hour standoff in which they tried to convince Gala to come out of the house peacefully.

Gala was found hiding in the attic. Gala had been previously arrested in 2010 and accused of three robberies in Revere, Saugus and Malden. No weapons were said to have been used in those robberies and no one was injured. Gala will be arraigned on new charges of bank robbery related to the bank in Malden.

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Three men decided to order “strippers” at 4:30am the other night from their Brookline apartment on Freeman Street. They looked on the website called where escorts will post their photo and contact information related to services.

The three men told police that they contracted two women from the site to perform a strip show. When the women arrived they were not the ones which appeared in the photos on the website so the men canceled the performance and refused to pay. This is when one of the women hit one of them in the face and grabbed the $800 he had in his hand and stuffed it in her bra; the other woman then pushed a second man who attempted to get the money back. Both women then fled the apartment.

Police responded to a robbery call received a description of the females and located them at a convenience store on Park Drive soon after. The women were with a man Dana Roberts, 35, who was driving them in a Mercedes, Roberts had outstanding warrants for traffic violation and for operating a vehicle with a revoked license and was arrested.

The two women were identified as Catriona Kaye, 29, of Mattapan and Sheila Estrada, 29, of Dorchester. Both women were arrested and charged with robbery. All three suspects will be arraigned in Brookline District Court, the two women for charges of robbery and most likely assault and battery, Roberts may be charged with conspiracy since as the driver of the vehicle it may be alleged that he participated knowingly in these robberies.

Escorts routinely rip off potential customers under the premise that the person would never call the police under such embarrassing circumstances. These three men were so upset by the actions of these escorts that they mustered the will to involve the police. Paying women for sex is obviously illegal with both the man and woman potentially facing prostitution charges and receiving sex for a fee. But what these women advertised was a private strip show and what the men told the police was that a strip show is what they had requested. No one knows whether this truly was a transaction for sex for a fee but it is credible that these women acted brashly and did in fact grab and push these men for the money once a disagreement arose believing that the police would never be involved.

As a Boston criminal defense attorney I have represented clients who have advertised escort services on craigslist, Eros and other websites promising a strip show or massage; I have also represented those charged for having paid money for sex. If one looks at these websites you can see that this is a thriving industry. The police monitor these websites at times pose as either a person offering services or a “John”. If you’ve been arrested for prostitution or receiving sex for a fee do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation. The above case is unusual because rarely are the police called when assault and battery and robbery occurs after a dispute between an escort and those that called her.

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Cara Dellabarba, 28, of Weymouth attempt to drive home after celebrating a friend’s 30th birthday party at the old colony yacht club in Dorchester. She ended up driving the wrong way down Morrissey Boulevard and striking a state trooper’s vehicle while he was inside it. Her car then drove over a traffic island and its is reported she attempted to drive away but the car was disabled.

She admitted to the state trooper that she drank a lot while at the club and stated that she realizes what happened but can she be allowed to go home. The state trooper suffered minor injuries from his vehicle being struck. Since January 1, 2010, 45 state troopers have been injured by motorists, half of these accidents have been caused by people operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Dellabarba failed a variety of field sobriety tests and when asked to perform the breathalyzer at the station she did not blow hard enough or long enough into the breathalyzer to give a proper sample. After receiving further instructions to blowhard and for a longer period she was still unable to give a proper sample for the breathalyzer to give a reading. The police believe that she did this intentionally and therefore considered this a refusal to take the breath test. Refusing the breathalyzer triggers an automatic 180 day suspension of a person’s driver’s license by the Registry of motor vehicles.

She was arraigned in Dorchester District Court for operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury and other traffic related offenses. Her bail was set at $5000 cash.

As a Boston criminal attorney who handles operating under the influence (OUI) and other traffic related offenses such as the ones involved here Frank Fernandez is happy to give you a free consultation related to your case in Boston or throughout all of Massachusetts. Contact us to speak with an attorney now.

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At approximately 10:45pm last night Wednesday, May 25, 2011 police responded to the area of Commonwealth and Harvard Ave. for a report by motorist that he had been threatened with a firearm by two other motorists in a silver BMW.

The police were able to stop the vehicle fitting the description with two young men inside, Aram Barseghyam, 28, of Brighton and Aleksandr Yeghiyan, 22, of Watertown. A search of the vehicle revealed a black BB type gun which resembled a real firearm. Both men were arrested and will be arraigned in Brighton District Court on threats to do harm for brandishing what appeared to be a real firearm.

The victim claims that he was engaged in a verbal argument with the two men when the front seat passenger pointed what appeared to be a real firearm at him and stated” next time, bang, you’re dead”. The victim was able to identify the two men the police stopped as the ones involved in the altercation and was also able to identify the weapon is the one pointed at him.

Road rage incidents are becoming more common, in this instance these two men will face brandishing a weapon charges for pulling out what appeared to be a real firearm.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal attorney who handles firearm charges of all kinds including brandishing a firearm, shooting a firearm in public and threats. Firearm charges in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts are given free consultations; contact us to speak with an attorney now.

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Developer William O’Connell who is known for having created the Marina Bay development and more recently the Granite links golf course was released yesterday in Quincy District Court on $150,000 cash bail for charges of aggravated statutory rape, sex for a fee and trafficking in cocaine.

Not much is known about the specifics of the case since the alleged victim is a minor, it appears there are two counts of statutory rape and two counts of sex for a fee, it is alleged that he was in possession of 19 grams of cocaine upon his arrest and therefore was charged with trafficking in cocaine.

The judge made a point of stating at his arraignment that he would be treated like everyone else who encounters the criminal justice system. The Trafficking in cocaine charge alone carries a mandatory minimum three years in jail.

This is a case that will be taken to the Middlesex Superior Court by way of a grand jury indictment it will most likely not be resolved in Quincy District Court. It is the Commonwealth that decides whether they wish to indict a case and take it to Superior Court.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who handles both rape charges and drug offenses such as trafficking in cocaine in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

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