Marino Spirakis, 35, of Peabody, was arrested on Rte. 1 in Revere after allegedly being spotted exchanging drugs for money with Jesse Bumbaca, 33, of Waltham, who was himself arrested off O'Brien Highway in Cambridge. Police tailed both men after they allegedly conducted their business around 7 p.m.
Police say officers watched Bumbaca hand a black box to Spirakis and that when police stopped Spirakis in his Mercedes, they found the box, with $52,000 in it, and that when they stopped Bumbaca in his Cadillac, they found a backpack with more than 950 Oxycodone pills in it - and another $8,000.
Spirakis was charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of Class E drugs. Bumbaca was charged with trafficking more than 100 grams of Class B drugs and conspiracy to violate drug laws. Both pleaded innocent in Boston Municipal Court. Spirakis's bail was released on $15,000 bail; bail for Bumbaca was set at $50,000, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Longtime observers of the Boston criminal scene will note that Spirakis was represented by Gary Zerola, a former assistant Suffolk County District Attorney who was acquitted twice on charges of rape and attempted rape and against whom Miami prosecutors dropped a similar case (in 2008, he was also acquitted on charges of urinating in public and assault and battery on a police officer for an incident during celebrations of the Celtics' win in the NBA finals). In 2008, Boston Magazine reported that Bumbaca testified at one of Zerola's trials - he allegedly met up with Zerola and one of the women at Zerola's apartment.