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:
A Chelsea man released from a 2 1/2-jail sentence for drug dealing because his evidence was certified by former state chemist Annie Dookhan wound up back in jail yesterday after police found him in possession of "eight baggies of suspected crack cocaine packaged for individual sale," the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The DA's office says Chelsea officers responded to the Bellingham Square McDonald's last night when Jonathan Vaughan, 26, allegedly refused a request to leave when workers saw him drinking a can of Natural Ice Beer. According to the DA's office:
A man released on $250 bail for his fourth drug-trafficking conviction because the drugs in the case were tested by alleged disgraced chemist Annie Dookhan was back in court today after prosecutors said undercover officers bought some crack off him near Tufts Medical Center on Saturday.
Louis Anthony Williams, 30, of Roxbury was ordered held on $15,000 bail on the new charge - and had his bail on a previous case revoked - the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Williams had been released Oct. 22 during a hearing on a 2011 coke-distribution conviction. According to the DA's office:
UPDATE: Judge Mark Hart Summerville set bail for the watch case at $500 and denied a request from the DA's office to revoke Quiles's release on personal recognizance in the open drug case.
A man allowed freedom after the drug evidence against him turned out to have been tested by ex-chemist Annie Dookhan was arrested yesterday on charges he and a pal stole 13 watches from the Downtown Crossing Macy's.
Transit Police report officers' attention was aroused when they spotted two guys acting all suspicious on a platform at the Chinatown Orange Line stop around 10:15 a.m. yesterday:
A man released from prison thanks to possible tampering of the evidence against him by former state chemist Annie Dookhan is scheduled for arraignment today on a new charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Torrie Haynes, 30, of Dorchester, was arrested near East Berkeley Street and Harrison Avenue Friday afternoon, the DA's office says:
At the time of his most recent arrest, Haynes was wearing a GPS monitoring device as a condition of a stay of his sentence on the earlier conviction.
Enrique Camilo, 38, of Roslindale, was ordered held on $100,000 bail today on charges he was the owner of a pound of cocaine police say they found in his Claron Street home.
Camilo was already out on bail in a drug case out of Norfolk County when he had his bail changed to personal recognizance because it turned out the chemist in that case was Annie Dookhan, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding it had asked for $1 million bail.
Camilo had been arrested in Weymouth on drug-trafficking charges in 2010.
The DA's office reports he was arrested yesterday at Logan Airport on his way back from a trip to the Dominican Republic.
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The Globe reports Mayor Menino wants the state to fork over $15 million for the costs of supervising all those drug suspects being freed thanks to former state employee Annie Dookhan.
Separately, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports a Suffolk Superior Court judge heard requests from 27 inmates who want out based on their Dookhanated cases. Eleven got stays pending more formal reviews - all will have to wear GPS devices and abide by curfews while out again.
Tomorrow, another 30 cases come up for review, the DA's office says.
The Globe reports as many as 200 cases in federal court may have been tainted by everybody's favorite drug chemist.
Meanwhile, Boston has come up with a crisis reentry plan to work with - and monitor - defendants freed to Boston streets because of tainted drug evidence from the now closed state lab in Jamaica Plain. And the Suffolk County District Attorney's office has named two top prosecutors to a state task force that will attempt to figure out which cases might still stand up - and which cases might require prosecutors to ask judges to dismiss charges.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge this morning issued an arrest warrant for Marcus Pixley, who skipped out on a scheduled court appearance yesterday on drug-distribution charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Pixley was originally held on $5,000 bail for his February, 2011 arrest in the South End for allegedly selling two bags of crack to an undercover police officer. Police say Pixley swallowed a third bag and tossed a fourth into the snow.
The DA's office reports a judge reduced his bail to $1,000 after his lawyer told the judge the coke samples had all been tested by Annie Dookhan, herself arrested last week on charges of intentionally screwing up thousands of drug samples at the state lab where she formerly worked.
At a press conference yesterday, state Attorney General Martha Coakley minced no words about Annie Dookhan, the state chemist accused of tampering with drug samples in thousands of criminal cases:
Annie Dookhan's alleged actions corrupted the integrity of the entire criminal justice system. There are many victims as a result of this.
But only four years ago, Coakley argued before the US Supreme Court that defense lawyers should not be allowed to force people like Dookhan to testify in court because their lab results did not constitute "testimony" whose author could be compelled to discuss under the Sixth Amendment right to confront one's accusers.
DA: Man charged with being a coke dealer will have charges dropped because the coke turned out to be not cokeBy adamg - 9/28/12 - 5:32 pm
A man indicted last year as on charges of being a repeat cocaine dealer will likely have the charges dropped next week because of problems related to the substance former state chemist Annie Dookhan certified was cocaine, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Specifically, the DA's office reports, re-testing by State Police shows the material was, in fact, an inert substance. At a hearing on Oct. 5 in Suffolk Superior Court, prosecutors will file a document known as a nolle prosequi asking that the charges against Jeffrey Banks be dropped.
However, the DA's office adds, Banks will not walk out of court a free man; he'll just be returned to a state prison, where he is currently serving a sentence on charges out of Middlesex County unrelated to last year's indictment.