Why are Waltham's pot dealers so violent?

Wanted: Luis Orlando Santiago

In 2011, there was the triple murder linked to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the victims' bodies sprinkled with marijuana.

A high-school student was shot to death last week, police say, in an attempted drug rip-off that was aimed at recovering money the victim felt was stolen in an earlier pot deal by his cousin.

And now, Waltham Police alert us, another suspected local pot dealer, Luis Orlando Santiago, is wanted on charges he repeatedly stabbed a customer he was trying to rob on Saturday:

Victim stated once at SANTIAGO'S house he was lead into SANTIAGO'S bedroom. While in the bedroom SANTIAGO told him to turn around and look at something behind him. Once victim turned around, SANTIAGO put a knife to his throat and told him to empty his pockets and he wanted his money.

Victim complied with SANTIAGO and dumped his money, $250 and his cellular phone on the floor. When SANTIAGO bent over to pick up the money and cellular phone, victim made a break for it.

Victim stated as he ran out of the bedroom he was stabbed by SANTIAGO several times in the back. Victim stated he made it to the stairs and then out of the house. Once outside he jumped into a vehicle and drove off. Victim was stabbed 8 times.

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:-)

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*looks at dvdoff* *jealous*

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it ain't a thing anymore

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Silk Road ain't a working thing anymore. Feds busted it up last year, and the "new" version (if you were dumb enough to think the "new" version was safe) just took all the cash and ran.

So no, you don't use the Silk Road.

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Ahem...

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I have used SR2, but now that they've gone no escrow, I've switched to Agora, with an occasional Pandora purchase.

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:-)

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*looks at dvdoff again*

*still jealous*

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*EFG*

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dvdoff, check your email associated with your account here.

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Barter

Works for me. I pick things up in odd places of the world, and trade.

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Exactly Swirly- Make it legal

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Pot is a drug, not good, not bad, but a drug, just like alcohol. Alcohol is far worse for your body, and for society, yet it's legal. Legalize pot, tax it, sell it in approved stores, and let people grow it if they want, just like you can brew beer and make your own wine.. Better for everyone. A new source of tax revenue and business growth. As Swirly alluded, prohibition of alcohol led to the growth of violent organized crime, just like the violent organized crime that sells pot today.

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Cambridge/Newton/Belmont

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Waltham's dealers were the victims of murderers from Cambridge (Tsarnev) and Newton/Belmont in the latest shooting.

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Because Waltham is a Distribution Hub for Narcotics

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From BostonMag's big story last month:

Waltham is often described as a small, quiet, suburban town, but in 2011 it was teeming with much bigger drug operations. A few months before the murders, federal investigators indicted a steroid-popping Syrian national named Safwan Madarati, the Waltham-based head of a violent international drug ring. Madarati, the indictment revealed, hired thugs to assault and intimidate his enemies, and maintained “personal connections with members of the Watertown police department.” A former Watertown officer was among those charged in the case. In an unrelated case only a few months later, police arrested a former Watertown council member after they found $2 million worth of hydroponic pot in his Waltham warehouse. They were all convicted.

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Common knowledge

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Everyone knows that dealers don't get high on their own supply.

But maybe in Waltham's case they should make some exceptions.

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Luis

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looks like a perfectly nice guy.

Sarcasm off.

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Boston Magazine article

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Hadn't read it, I didn't realize there is still investigative reporting going on there. An eye opener. Of course, I was young in the 70's where it seemed most people were interested in conspiracy theories; not in vogue anymore.

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