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Resident of Mildred Hailey Apartments survived getting shot in the chest to keep selling fentanyl, feds allege

A man who allegedly used the apartment he shared with his girlfriend and their children in the Mildred Hailey Apartments in Jamaica Plain as his base for selling fentanyl was ordered held without bail pending a detention hearing in US District Court in Boston today.

Anthony Smallwood, 28, was charged with one count of distribution of, and possession with intent to distribute, more than 40 grams of fentanyl, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.

According to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case and Boston Police records, Smallwood was shot in the chest outside his apartment at 138 Heath St. around 11:45 p.m. on Sept. 3. Boston Police recovered nine shell casings on Heath Street. He also had his own gun, the feds say: Just this past Friday, the affidavit states, Smallwood walked out of the building and began "firing numerous shots into the air," then walked back into the building.

The FBI began investigating Smallwood in March, after an informant told agents he had learned of a fentanyl supplier "whose product had been related to the overdose deaths of several individuals in the Boston, Massachusetts metro area."

Agents decided to outfit the informant - who himself has a long criminal record - with money with which to buy fentanyl from Smallwood. According to the affidavit, the informer, under the eye of nearby agents, proceded to make several thousand dollars worth of fentanyl purchases from Smallwood, typically on Walden Street in the Mildred Hailey complex, to which Smallwood would walk from the Heath Street apartment.

Although he was an alleged professional at selling drugs, Smallwood made mistakes, according to the affidavit - in addition to the one of continuing in the business even after surviving chest wounds from gunfire.

On March 26, the affidavit says, Smallwood agreed to sell the informant 100 grams of fentanyl of high enough quality it could be diluted eight times and still be acceptable for street sales, for $6,000. At 1:18 p.m., agents watched Smallwood get into the informant's car on Walden Street, then leave shortly after with $6,000 in federal money and go back into 138 Heath.

Not long after, though, Smallwood texted the informant: He had made a mistake and given him somebody else's fentanyl package - containing drugs that were not as pure as Smallwood had promised the informant.

Smallwood offered to swap the drugs for the better stuff - and throw in some additional fentanyl and a sample of crack as recompense for the bother, according to the affidavit. But the next day, Smallwood told him his supply of new fentanyl from Lawrence had not yet come in.

Good to his word, though, Smallwood met with the informant on Walden Street the day after and gave him a new supply of fentanyl and two bags with crack rocks.

According to the informant, Smallwood always kept a close watch on the neighborhood for "weird" cars that might be occupied by cops, because he said he'd fly off at a moment's notice to the Dominican Republic. He'd already spent eight years in prison on a prior drug conviction and didn't want to do that again, he told the informant.

If convicted on the new federal charge, he faces between 5 and 40 years in federal prison, the US Attorney's office reports.

Innocent, etc.

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Some of these drug dealers idiocy is just outstanding sometimes

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Your tax dollars at work!

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That's right Jon. What I love is reading about is the supply from "Lawrence". Another city that needs more taxpayer dollars than any other city in Massachusetts. Feds need to go camp out in Lawrence, the base where most of the deadly stuff is sophisticatedly trafficked through then moved through Boston and other cities and towns.

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Did they find out who the "Uncle" was that was supplying Smallwood?

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Just stop with the tax payer comments. Its f**king offensive as all hell.

I can think of several towns who get a lot of tax payer money for cushy shit, Newton, Marblehead, and Wellesley come to mind. Didn't we JUST have an article here about Newton North, MA's most expensive high school?

EVERYTOWN gets tax payer money.

PS - They are already are, so please take your racist tax payer tirade (because this is what it really is) somewhere else.

Use Google for 30 seconds before you go off an tirade.

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They all have taxpayers residing in them. The question is whether or not they're *net* recipients of tax funds. Of course, some are, and some aren't.

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This isn't BPD writing tickets to kids smoking up at a concert. They arrested a guy for dealing fentanyl, based on a strong suspicion that he was personally responsible for several deaths from overdose. What else do you want the feds doing?

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Who are you responding to? If it was me then you totally misunderstood. I am commenting on the fact that this drug dealer is living in public housing. We, the taxpayers, are funding his lifestyle which involves dealing fentanyl. We, the taxpayers, are financing the destruction of a large part of our country.

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What's your issue exactly? He won't be living in public housing much longer, um, or at least the type where you have keys. All people need housing, food, medical care, etc. I don't take issue with us having housed someone who hadn't yet been charged with a crime. I'd rather we do that than intrude too far into the lives of people in order approve them for housing. We actually have a lot more of the opposite problem, in which normal responsible people have trouble getting housing because of a past record. And sure, I know the Herald can find an extremely rare case of a career criminal lying repeatedly on housing applications. For every one of those, there are more normal families who are denied housing for something in their past that doesn't make them a bad neighbor.

Also, dude can't very well declare his true income, now can he? Let's legalize and regulate everything like Portugal did. People are still going to use drugs, but at least drug dealers won't be shooting each other where people are trying to raise families.

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Of course he can declare it, in fact, the IRS insists that he does. But he doesn't have to cite a profession on his return, and in fact, since I saw nothing in the story about him having a straight job to keep up appearances, I would surmise that he's a true dolt.

Seriously, LOL @ "fly straight to the Dominican Republic." There's an airstrip in the Mildred Hailey courtyard?

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But in general, this development is suffering greatly due to the criminal element housed within, and somehow they are tolerated. It is a shame because the vast majority of the residents are law abiding, but think about it. Why are we not surprised when we hear of a shooting there?

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What, the Ford Crown Victoria? Had one from 1984. My first car. Two shades of blue with a bench seat. I liked that thing. Broke my heart when it died.

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that you rolled an '80s Crown Vic?

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The guy, took a bullet in the chest, is supporting multiple kids, and has already done a long jail sentence. He seems like a pretty straight shooter (ok, maybe not literally but those were probably warning shots so we don’t know, haha) too, he texted his customer and followed up to make sure he got the right package. He also offered to make it right by giving him a little extra sample of some rock. He seems alright by me. The informant must feel horrible, especially after Smallwood went the extra mile for him. It reminds me of that scene in the movie Blow where the informants felt bad about setting up Johnny Depp’s character because he was unselfish and a stand up guy throughout the deal.

Why bother wasting any more resources on this? Just send Smallwood on a permanent vacation to the DR and be done with the whole thing.

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