Federal officials charge a Dorchester man used an apartment at 4347 Washington St., near Hayes Road in Roslindale, as a stash house for his supply of fentanyl - and that he used two boys, one possibly as young as three, to answer the door and direct buyers to the drawers where they could find the drugs they would then pay for.
Snolbert "New York" Ramirez-Sandoval, 21, was charged with one count of distribution of fentanyl at his arraignment in federal court today, the US Attorney's office reports. He was ordered held pending a detention hearing.
According to the US Attorney's office, Ramirez-Sandoval sold fentanyl to a DEA informant at July 26 and Aug. 2. In both cases, according to an affidavit by a DEA agent on the case, the informant was instructed to go up to Apartment 6 in the Roslindale building. Both times - 11:45 a.m. in July and 5 p.m. in August - the informant was met at the door by two boys, one who appeared to be between 3 and 6 and the other between 11 and 14.
The affidavit states what happened after DEA agents gave the informant $600 for the July 26 purchase and wired him for both sound and video and he rang the bell for Apartment 6 and was buzzed in:
The older juvenile told CS-1, "The man is not here," and that the "stuff" was in the room in a drawer. CS-1 then walked to a room on the right-hand side of the apartment; inside, CS-1 observed a chest of drawers. CS-1 opened one of the drawers and located a purple rubber glove containing a powdery substance wrapped in a plastic baggie. CS-1 gave the juvenile money as payment for the substance. According to CS-1, the room was empty and did not appear to be used frequently.
The informant then arranged an even larger buy for Aug. 2 and went through the same process with the boys, but this time, after the older one told him "the man is not here," Ramirez-Sandoval called the informant and told him he was on his way over, the affidavit states. Agents watched Ramirez-Sandoval and a second, unidentified man arrive and go upstairs, where the second man handed the drugs over to Ramirez-Sandoval, who, after the informant gave him $1,000, handed him the plastic bag - with a warning to dilute it because it was particularly potent.
According to the affidavit, Ramirez-Sandoval was not unknown to Boston Police: He was charged with heroin trafficking in Roxbury in 2016, but Suffolk County prosecutors dropped the charge, then he admitted to sufficient facts for distribution of a Class A drug and was put on probation by a Roxbury judge in 2017.
If convicted on the federal charge, Ramirez-Sandoval faces up to 20 years in prison, the US Attorney's office reports.
Complete DEA affidavit (1.4M PDF).