After a drug bust in Revere last night during which 200 pounds of cocaine were seized, Gilberto Cruz Padilla, 24, and Rafael Jesus Montero, 22, were arrested. Today, Judge Dunbar Livingston set their bail at $5 million cash at their arraignment in Chelsea District Court.
It is alleged that the two men unloaded 60 pounds of cocaine from a tractor trailer on Railroad Street while local, state and federal law enforcement watched. At the arraignment today, Assistant District Attorney John Lacey alleged that the two were part of a sophisticated drug organization that planned to sell 200 pounds of cocaine in the Boston area.
The ADA said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement discovered the cocaine in the trailer several days ago at the Mexican border, and an undercover agent was paid $50,000 to drop the truck off on Railroad Street. The truck was kept under surveillance until the two men allegedly came to take the cocaine out of the trailer and stash it in a nearby car. According to the ADA, the men unloaded 30 kilos before the arrest was made.
Padilla is an American citizen who had been living in Tijuana and staying at the Ramada Inn in Dorchester, and Montero is a native of the Dominican Republic who was in the United States illegally for the second time, according to authorities. Both men pleaded not guilty to drug trafficking more than 200 grams today. In addition to being held on the bail, Montero is being held on alleged immigration violations.
These two men are looking at 15 to 20 years in state prison if they are convicted under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 94C Section 32E. The 15 year mandatory minimum will have to be served before parole will be a possibility. When a federal agency is involved, as ICE was here, defending against a drug trafficking charge can become more difficult because federal agencies have a great deal of resources. Therefore, these two men will need attorneys with resources, skill and experience.
Source: The Boston Globe, Bail set at $5 million cash for suspects in 200-pound Revere cocaine bust
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