Police: Six angry drug dealers arrested, three after chase across Blue Hill Avenue rooftops
Boston Police report that when six drug dealers got into a loud, angry argument inside a Blue Hill Avenue apartment early Saturday, somebody called police. Arriving officers surrounded the building and arrested them all - but only after three tried to escape by climbing on the roof of the neighboring building and then jumping back on the roof of the building they'd just fled. Turns out the officers were equally adept at playing Spiderman.
According to police, officers responded to a gun call at 580 Blue Hill Ave. around 12:25 a.m. on Saturday and quickly learned there had just been "a large altercation" involving men with guns on the second floor:
Upon entering the location, officers could hear a lot of commotion and several people running around inside the apartment on the 2nd floor. According to the officers, it sounded as if the individuals in the apartment were attempting to flee the location by running to the rear of the building. Officers stationed in the rear of the residence observed three individuals exit 580 Blue Hill Ave but, upon seeing the officers, the suspects quickly ran into 576 Blue Hill Ave. Officers pursued the suspects as they ran up to the roof of the location. However, once on the roof, the suspects jumped the alley to the roof of the building located next door at 580 Blue Hill Ave. Officers followed the suspects, jumping from one roof to the other, and were able to subdue the three suspects at gunpoint on the roof of 580 Blue Hill Ave.
Police say officers seized "three firearms and a large amount of illegal narcotics including: approximately 12 pounds of marijuana, over 200 grams of cocaine, 190 grams of heroin and a tactical bullet proof vest."
Arrested on charges of trafficking heroin: Gilbert Rodriguez-Diaz, 21, Josue Santana, 31, Jose Justiniano, 38, Leidys Lugo-Meija, 24, Maykor Baez, 20, and Jonathan Garcia, 22. They could face additional charges, police say.
Baez and Garcia have interacted with police before. Baez had been charged with cocaine possession in 2011, but prosecutors dismissed the charge because ex-state chemist Annie Dookhan has been assigned to testing the material he'd been found with, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. He still faces a gun charge related to that same incident, the DA's office reports.
All six are scheduled for arraignment today in Dorchester District Court.