DEA agents and Boston Police arrested three men at the Allston DoubleTree Hotel Thursday as part of an effort to break up a drug ring selling meth, cocaine and fentanyl, Live Boston reports.
Daniel Lennon, 31, of Boston, now faces federal charges of distribution of five grams or more of methamphetamine and one count of distribution of 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, during a raid at the hotel that began around 7 p.m. Juan Vargas of Dorchester was arrested on state charges of trafficking in 200 or more grams of cocaine. Nelkin Lara-Arias of Dorchester was arrested on a state charge of possession of a Class A drug,
According to an affidavit by a DEA agent on the case, a drug purchaser seeking leniency on charges in another state approached the DEA about Lennon, whom the person claimed was selling 10 to 12 pounds of meth a week - as well as crack, heroin, fentanyl and pills. This person connected an undercover DEA agent with Lennon, and Lennon agreed to sell him meth, the affidavit states.
The two agreed to meet around 1 p.m. on Jan. 13 in the valet parking area of the Westin Copley Place, the affidavit continues.
Officers conducting surveillance observed LENNON near the front entrance to the Westin Copley Place Hotel, and watched him walk to the UC vehicle. LENNON entered the front passenger seat of the UC [undercover agent] vehicle. LENNON directed UC to drive out of the hotel parking area. While UC and LENNON engaged in brief small talk and UC drove a short distance, LENNON removed a clear plastic bag from his left front pocket and placed it into the front cup holder of the UC vehicle. The plastic bag contained a rock crystal-like substance. UC handed LENNON $550 in official funds. LENNON then instructed UC to pull over at the end of the parking lot, where LENNON exited the UC vehicle.
The agent then drove to another site to meet with DEA agents, who got the bag to a DEA lab, which determined it contained "28.3 grams of methamphetamine hydrochloride, with a purity of 95% +/- 6%."
On the morning of Jan. 19, the agent arranged another purchase, this time for a quarter-pound of meth at the 95 Station landing parking garage near the Wellington T stop. Around 2 p.m., the agent called Lennon and said he was parked outside the Marriott Hotel there.
LENNON stated that he would be right down. Moments later, surveillance officers observed LENNON walk out of the hotel and enter the front passenger seat of the UC vehicle. While LENNON and UC were engaging in small talk, LENNON took a clear plastic bag out of his front sweatshirt pocket and placed it into the UC vehicle’s cup holder. Inside the plastic bag were numerous crystal rocks. UC handed LENNON $2,100 in official funds. Surveillance officers observed LENNON exit the UC vehicle and walk into the hotel.