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Two teenage girls in Somerville died after a car accident Friday morning at approximately 3:30 AM. Kenneth Belew, 21, of Somerville was driving under the influence of alcohol and a high rate of speed on the McGrath O’Brien Highway overpass when his car lost control and collided with the cement safety wall. Five passengers were in the vehicle, two female teenagers who were not wearing seatbelts died of their injuries. Police have not yet released the names of the victims.

The driver Belew was arraigned this morning in Somerville District Court for operating under the influence of alcohol, vehicular homicide, speeding and marked lane violation. He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

The other three passengers in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts and sustained minor injuries. The Registry of motor vehicle records show the driver had previously undergone several license suspensions for a variety of motor vehicle infractions.

This is a case that will most likely be indicted by a grand jury and sent to the Middlesex Superior Court.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense lawyer who practices in Somerville and throughout all of Boston. Cases handled include matters from drunk driving, vehicular homicide, operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol as well as a variety of other state and federal charges. Contact us free consultation.

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Cynthia King, 46, and MBTA bus driver out of the Cabot yard facility in South Boston was arrested yesterday for possession with intent to distribute cocaine. An undisclosed amount of cocaine and money was found in her possession.

King was suspended from her MBTA job and is being arraigned today Dorchester District Court.

Possession with intent to distribute requires that the Commonwealth prove that a person intended to distribute drugs. Distribution of cocaine or any other drug can be proven by the amount, the manner in which it is packaged, scales or baggies which show intent to distribute.

When a large amount of drugs are found that alone can be proof of intent to distribute and takes the form of a drug “trafficking” charge. A trafficking drug charge means that a large amount is alleged to have been in a person’s possession, an amount which alone is proof of distribution since the amount is way beyond personal use.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute is usually charged when a smaller amount of drugs are found but there is proof that they were not for personal use but rather for distribution. Proof again can come in the form of a large amount of currency, multiple cell phones or any other evidence which shows that the drugs were intended to be distributed.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal lawyer who handles all forms of drug cases in both state and federal court. Contact us for a free consultation.

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Karen Morla Ramos, 22, flew into Boston from the Dominican Republic on a JetBlue flight early Sunday morning. U.S. Customs service and border protection grew suspicious after questioning her and performed a patdown search of her clothing. Over 1 kilogram of cocaine was discovered in what appeared to be a diaper concealed in her outer clothing.

She was arrested by customs service officers and charged with trafficking in cocaine. It is not unusual for drug traffickers to use children and young adults as mules to conceal drugs and sneak them into the country. The majority of these mules are given little information about the source of the drugs and are usually told that they will be given further instructions upon their arrival.

It is these mules that suffer in that they charged with trafficking in cocaine which carries long mandatory minimum sentences all for what amounts to very small pay for transporting drugs. Most mules are very poor and taken advantage of by the lure of a small payment.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal lawyer in Boston who handles drug trafficking charges. He has represented mules in both state and federal court. Please call for free consultation regarding your case.

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Wayne Leduc, 40, pleaded not guilty to charges of operating under the influence of liquor, operating negligently to endanger, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, and marked lanes violation in Quincy District Court. Bail was set at $1500.

These charges stem from trooper Brian Berry, 43, pulling over another vehicle at 4:30 AM on I 93 northbound near exit 9 in Quincy. Trooper Barry was standing in front of his cruiser during the traffic stop when Leduc crashed into the rear of the trooper’s vehicle propelling the trooper’s car into him causing leg injuries.

Trooper Berry was able to call for help when backup arrived they arrested Leduc. This accident is one of many recently involving injuries to troopers who are engaged in traffic stops.

On Wednesday morning another accident occurred in which trooper Edward Treseler was seriously injured on Route 30 in Framingham when he was struck head-on by a car that crossed the median.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney serving all of Massachusetts, for advice on charges of operating under the influence or any other criminal charge please call for a free consultation.

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The five-hour standoff with police ended with two suspects being found in a crawlspace in an apartment above the liquor store. The store owner has told police that shortly after noon on Sunday the two suspects entered his store one brandished a gun and hit him on the head with it, the other suspect also had a firearm. An employee and customer were also in the store at the time of the robbery all three men were beaten and held against their will.

The owner and his employee as well as the customer were eventually led from the liquor store one of them still bound in duct tape. They had injuries to their head and were led bleeding to a waiting ambulance.

The two suspects had nailed themselves into a crawlspace hoping to wait out the police who arrived on the scene shortly after the robbery began. The police were informed of the existence of the crawlspace and began to take down the wall hiding the men. Once found the suspects were led out of the liquor store in handcuffs to the applause of the crowd that had gathered throughout the day.

The suspects are believed to have given false names and will be facing a variety of charges in Lawrence District Court today. Some of the charges will include armed robbery, kidnapping, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon as well as other charges related to providing police with false names.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense lawyer who practices law throughout all of Massachusetts. Call for a free consultation regarding criminal defense in Boston or throughout all of Massachusetts.

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Brian Smith, 43, pled guilty to two counts of masked armed robbery, one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, one count of receiving stolen motor vehicle and weapons charges.

These charges relate to a 2004 daylight robbery of an armored car that was like a scene out of the movie “The Town”; the robbery occurred in Quincy where the armored car driver was left severely wounded. Smith admitted to helping two other men, Dennis Quirk, 42, of Roslindale and Martin O’Brien, 43, of Malden in robbing the armored car in front of a citizens Bank on Hancock Street in Quincy in October 2004. The men were armed with AK-47 assault rifles and ambushed the driver of the Loomis Fargo armored truck.

The robbery occurred on October 21, 2004 at 10 AM. The driver resisted and was shot in the leg severing his femoral artery and almost killing him. The three suspects were said to have met in Smith’s Dorchester apartment prior to the robbery to put on fake beards and other makeup. Smith was sentenced to seven years it will run concurrently with the 30 to 35 year sentence he is serving for home invasion in Suffolk County. He was charged under the theory of joint venture or acting with others in committing a crime. The other two suspects Quirk and O’Brien pled guilty in 2007 and 2008 O’Brien was sentenced to 18 years and Quirk 25 to 30 years in state prison.

Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney serving the Boston area if you have any questions related to criminal case such as robbery or assault please feel free to call for a free consultation.

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Michael Ciarlone, 54, is accused in Chelsea District Court of using his truck with a plow to push snow around a vehicle that he believed parked in his spot. When the vehicle owner and other neighbors came out to confront him he pinned a neighbor with his truck and then kicked him in the head. He’s accused of striking another man breaking his glasses.

These assaults occurred last month but the defendant was arraigned today in Chelsea District Court. The police claim that the defendant was intoxicated when they arrived he was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property and operating under the influence.

The defendant was released without bail and told to avoid contact with the victims in the case.

Attorney Frank Fernandez practices criminal defense in Boston and throughout all of Massachusetts, if charged with assault and battery or any other offense please contact us for a free consultation.

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The FBI and Boston police have no leads as to who stole hundreds of bags of drugs from a Boston police evidence warehouse in Hyde Park over three years ago. Drugs held as evidence in over 265 criminal cases ranging from heroin, cocaine, marijuana and prescription medication went missing without a trace over three years ago. The investigation has included 25 to 30 investigators including FBI agents who have been unable to tie any physical evidence of the crime to any suspect.

Most of the drugs taken were oxycodone. The drugs that were stolen mostly came from criminal cases investigated between 1991 and 1997. It is the older unresolved drug cases which require that the police hold on to the evidence that is causing a backlog of drug evidence in the Hyde Park depository. The police warehouse now holds more than 45,000 cases of drug evidence that is at least 10 years old and officials want to destroy. Without the criminal case being closed the destruction of evidence may lead to the cases being dismissed if challenged by the defendant.

The drug thefts occurred about the same time as a string and corruption scandals in the Boston Police Department. In 2006 three Boston officers were arrested on federal drug trafficking charges. Since then the Boston Police Department has established video surveillance in the drug warehouse as well as new software system where these drugs are logged and randomly tested.

It was in 2006 that an audit led to the discovery of missing drugs and drugs had been substituted for substances such as aspirin. Even after the audit began drugs were stolen this led the transfer of 10 officers were working in the Boston drug depository. Some of those officers have since retired and some still work for the department another in other areas. At the time only one camera was in place to show who came and left the building. Most of the drugs stolen were from closed cases and did not affect the prosecution’s case.

With over 12 cameras in place now, and the new software system and procedure for logging drugs Boston police are much more confident that this type of theft will not take place again.

Frank Fernandez and is a criminal defense attorney practicing in Boston and throughout Massachusetts. If you have a question related to any type of drug case or any other criminal matter contact us for a free consultation.

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Of all MBTA stations Andrew station saw the biggest increase in serious crimes in 2010. In 2009 five crimes were reported, all thefts at Andrew station; in 2010, 22 serious crimes were reported, 14 of which were robberies, there were also two assault and battery charges reported.

Mattapan’s MBTA station saw a drop in crime from 2009 to 2010 with reported crimes dropping from 15 to 4. Fields corner also saw a decrease in reported crimes from 15 to 7 reports in 2010.

The Wonderland MBTA station saw a rise in serious crime from 9 to 29 reported crimes. Andrew station which also serves as a bus terminal was tied with Park St., Ruggles and South station for most reports of serious crimes in 2010.

Frank Fernandez is a Boston criminal defense attorney who handles robbery, theft and a variety of other charges. Contact us for free confidential consultation.

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A joint task force consisting of both state and federal agents raided a lawrence apartment on Union street Wednesday night and discovered over $3.2 Million dollars of Heroin (street value), or 4 kilos.

The bust came after an investigation which began in New Bedford. All the participants will be charged with Trafficking in Heroin and are set to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court. The 6 arrested are: Victor Santana, 32, of Lawrence; Jose Cruz Pizarro, 30, of Connecticut; Francisco Rosado Rivera, 40, of Lawrence; Elvis Ruiz Guerrero, 36, of Boston; Oveido Lopez, 23, of Lawrence; and Luis Gonzalez, 18, of Lawrence
Frank Fernandez is a criminal defense attorney in Boston who handles drug trafficking charges in both state and federal court throughout Massachusetts. Please contact us for a free consultation.

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