Three arrested with 100 pounds of fentanyl in Mattapan apartment, DA says
Two men and a woman were arrested earlier this week during a raid on a River Street apartment in which federal, state and local investigators found 100 pounds of fentanyl powder and pills, three industrial pill-press machines and numerous sealed Priority Mail envelopes containing pills that were ready to be dropped off at a local post office, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Rahelin Reynoso, 33 and Quenty Ogando, 44, had bail set at $100,000 each at their arraignments Wednesday in Dorchester Municipal Court on charges of trafficking more than 200 grams of fentanyl, the DA's office reports. Erika Prado, 31, had bail set at $50,000.
According to the DA's office, Postal inspectors, Homeland Security agents, state troopers and BPD officers raised an apartment at 43 River St., near Old Morton Street.
The seized fentanyl has a street value of about $2.25 million, the DA's office says.
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That amount could kill how many??
And these folks get bail? WTF
Besides, taking the drugs away protects the public.
Because they have no idea where go get more
And how to sell it.
Do you really think
They can get more?
Their cash was impounded. They lost an enormous amount of drugs - like seven figures.
And now they are marked and being watched.
"Yo - cool ankle thingy ya got there. Here's another couple million dollars worth of drugs - we'll just put that on your tab!"
And if their source is willing to resupply them after losing so much merch, well, then public safety is very well served by busting another link up the chain.
Ya, I do
Lots of stories on here about people on bail doing what they’re initially charged with.
Being watched? Seriously? The cops don’t watch anything and you’re the first to admit that.
Know what an ankle bracelet is?
Those can be a condition of bail.
But if you think that drug lords will hand off another couple of million dollars of goods to people who just had some taken by cops, well, there's some good real estate in Tobin, MA that you should check out ...
To say nothing of the purpose of bail, which Bob Leponge can explain to you in the easiest of terms to break through your imaginative dramatics.
"The cops don’t watch anything"
Ooooooooh so thats why I see so many people breaking the rules of the road and getting away with it!
Lotta good licensing, insurance and plates does there.
If the cops don't watch anything...
why do we trust them to arrest people who can then be held in jail without a proper trial? Seems like the last thing we'd want to do is give them more power if that's the case.
Quick math -I think I got
Quick order of magnitude math -I think I got this right but welcome a correction if needed.
Pure fentanyl lethal dose starts at 2 mg. 2 mg is the size of two small grains of salt.
100 lbs = 45 kg = 45 million mg or more than 20 million lethal doses, enough to kill the entire population of New England (15 million) if taken at once. It probably wasn't pure fentanyl but that's still an astounding number.
Do we need to discuss the purpose and theory of bail, and the difference between setting bail and a dangerousness hearing, every time this site covers a crime?
At least we can. Given the
At least we can. Given the state of civics education, including basics of the justice system, ignorance of law and courts tends to be greater than knowledge in the public.
But at least this is a place where that education can happen.
While on bail these folks are not ignored. From the point of arrest these folks will be watched. Chances are they are required to wear ankle bracelets and will be restricted in where they may go.
On the other hand, if the public's will is to incarcerate from the beginning then the bail law can be changed. However, that means more funding for incarceration.
Who is willing to pay for that?
See person with vivid imagination who failed civics, above.
I was starting to get sick of posting this all the time.
When police do drug busts,
When police do drug busts, they charge and report "gross" not "net", so it could be 100 pounds of tablets containing 2 ounces of fentanyl plus 99.9 pounds of filler.
All the people spending $2500+ a month to rent a one bedroom in the "school house" across the street are super excited and thrilled this was right next door.
So what you are saying is if the rent across the street was lower the residents would somehow not care as much?
I have no sympathy for people who have that much money.
Median family income
The median family income in Boston is a little over $6K per month. So I believe that what you are announcing here is that you have no sympathy for something like half the population.
A reasonable estimate.
The War on Drugs continues
To fail. There is a fundamental failure of both electorate and government to realize that the so-called war on drugs is a grotesque waste of lives which we continue with policies that support drug addiction.
The evidence that this policy of arrest and imprisonment is a failure is found in the 21rd Amendment. A war on alcohol was a horrific disaster. How legislatures and society have dealt with nicotine addiction is a sign of hope that some intelligence exists in how to deal with the plague of addiction to other drugs.
A war on drugs will never stop the use of intoxicating drugs. There is that annoying thing called free will and all. To use an idea found in 12-Step programs, to expect a different conclusion after doing the same thing over and over again is a kind of insanity. Not legal insanity. Instead the same kind of insanity that has led to the deaths and suffering of thousands and millions in both the recent past of COVID and the not so far removed past of Vietnam. A war that cost 1,000s of US lives, spread horrific suffering but was continued because no politician had the courage to admit that the war was failing. At least not until Nixon of all people was willing to take the risk of being truthful for a change.
I cite 'Nam too when talking about the War on Drugs. It's still going because this country's arrogance will not abide defeat on this.
Who is willing to take the
Who is willing to take the risk of being truthful about COVID?
I need clarification
Are you saying that overdose deaths are just a cost we need to bear rather than trying to stop the supply of the means to those deaths?
Also, doesn't the "failed war on drugs" analogy apply to Covid only if one contends that things like quarantines, the closing of public spaces, mask mandates, and vaccine mandates will ultimately fail and thus should not even be thought of being used?
The best antidote to overdose
is better mental health and social work services. If we treat substance use disorder, we don't need to worry so much about the supply side of things.