Police Briefs 10-03-2013

Maritime Commission Revokes Medrano Express License

The Chelsea Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies have received numerous complaints over the past several months regarding a local business, Medrano Express, and their unethical, as well as potentially criminal, business operating procedures.

This company has taken both money, as well as durable goods, to be shipped to various Latin American countries from local residents. Once the receipt of either money and/or goods are in the custody of Medrano, the items for which these residents have paid never reach their ultimate destination, leaving those who shipped the items, or the recipients thereof, without any recourse due to Medrano no longer operating within the City of Chelsea.

According to the Federal Maritime Commission, last week they have revoked the ocean transportation intermediary license of Transporte Medrano, Inc. (d/b/a Medrano Express). Medrano Express is no longer authorized to provide ocean transportation services. Consumers and businesses should not tender cargo to Medrano Express or its agents for the international shipment of goods.

Chelsea Detectives will continue to work with law enforcement agencies and consumers to investigate similar complaints. Residents are reminded that anyone that has used Medrano Express to arrange for international shipment of their cargo and that is currently experiencing problems with a shipment, the FMC has provided a series of steps available on their website.


A repeat drunk driver was arraigned on charges that he was under the influence of alcohol when he drove his car into a cement pillar on a Revere Beach sidewalk two weeks ago.

Henry Mazac, 61, of Chelsea, was arraigned in Chelsea District Court on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol as a fourth offense, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation.  Mazac’s previous convictions came after arrests in Malden in 1990, Cambridge in 1991, and East Boston in 1997. He was acquitted of that offense in the Boston Municipal Court after an earlier arrest in 1983.

Assistant District Attorney Michael Lafleur requested that bail be set at $10,000.  Judge Stephen Abany set bail in the amount of $1,000 and ordered Mazac to refrain from driving, remain alcohol-free, and undergo random alcohol testing.

According to prosecutors, State Police observed Mazac’s 2006 Kia Sorrento traveling northbound on Revere Beach Boulevard without headlights at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. The vehicle struck a cement pillar on the sidewalk, pushing the pillar from the southbound side of the roadway into the northbound lanes, prosecutors said. The vehicle then travelled onto the sidewalk and ran over two crosswalk signs across from the Jack Satter House elderly housing complex.

As a State Trooper pulled up behind him, Mazac stepped out to check the damage to his vehicle, prosecutors said. The Trooper detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from Mazac’s breath and his body, prosecutors said.  He allegedly made statements to police that he had just left Kelly’s Roast Beef but had had two drinks at Bill Ash’s Lounge prior to that.

Prosecutors said Mazac failed a series of field sobriety tests when the Trooper determined that he could not properly recite the alphabet, stand on one leg, or walk a straight line. A Breathalyzer test showed that Mazac had a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent – nearly twice the legal limit to drive.

“I should have just gone home from Bill Ash’s,” Mazac allegedly said when told that he was under arrest for operating under the influence.


Cooperation among Boston Police, Chelsea Police and probation officers led to the rapid identification of a suspect in a Sept. 2 robbery in East Boston.

Darryl McClure, 44, of Chelsea, was arraigned Sept. 9 in the East Boston Division of the Boston Municipal Court on one count of armed robbery. Assistant District Attorney Janine D’Amico recommended that he be held on $10,000 cash bail and that his open bail in several pending drug cases be revoked. Judge Kenneth Fiandaca granted both requests.

D’Amico told the court that Boston Police responded to the Walgreens in Central Square just before noon Sept. 2 for a report of an armed robbery in progress. On arrival, they spoke with a clerk who told them a man had presented her with a note reading “This is a US robbery” and told her to give her all the money in her register. The man had his right hand in his sweatshirt pocket as if holding a gun. The clerk complied with the assailant’s demands and he fled the scene on a bicycle.

After circulating images from that footage to area law enforcement agencies, detectives assigned to the case heard from other Boston Police officers, a Chelsea Police officer, and a probation officer assigned to East Boston court, all of whom identified the suspect as McClure from prior encounters. As a result, Boston Police obtained a warrant for McClure’s arrest and took him into custody Sept. 9.

At the time of the incident, McClure was free on bail in cases alleging distribution of counterfeit drugs and possession of Class A, Class B, and Class E substances.


In an ongoing effort to eradicate prostitution in Chelsea, the Chelsea Police Department conducted a focused operation on Friday Sept. 7. As part of a continuance of the on-going “Operation IMPACT” (Improved Methods of Patrol and Attacking Crime Trends) the department utilized undercover officers in targeting both prostitutes and johns. As a result, 11 arrests were made linked to prostitution, combined to a total of 17 arrests made during the 24-hr period on Sept. 6.

According to Chief Brian A. Kyes, “The Chelsea Police Department will continue to conduct these operations that target not only Prostitutes but also their customer base or John’s. The Department will continue to focus enforcement on these types of crimes that affect the quality of life of Chelsea residents and we will continue to work with the District Attorney’s office in an effort to impose stricter sentences and fines”.

Police Log

September 23

Brandon Santiago, 18, of 45 Blossom Street, Chelsea, was arrested for unarmed robbery, receiving stolen property and witness intimidation.

Wilbur Ramirez, 32, of 5 Mariot Place, East Boston, was arrested for two counts of carrying a firearm without a license, possession of ammunition without FID card, receiving stolen property, larceny of firearm.

Angel R. Tec-Hoil, 23, of 28 Carmel Street, Chelsea, was arrested for misdemeanor default warrant.

Jose Aguilar, 28, of 196 Washington Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for misdemeanor default warrant.

Alexandria Orlow, 20, of 680 Broadway, Chelsea, was arrested for leaving scene of property damage, unlicensed operation of motor vehicle, receiving stolen vehicle and carrying a dangerous weapon.


September 24

Vladmiir Samuel, 24, of 24 Clark Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for marked lanes violation, failing to wear a seatbelt and operation of motor vehicle with suspended license.

Mohammed K. Seffo, 37, of 85 Morland Street, Somerville, was arrested for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.


September 25

Kristen Barnette, 24, of 500A Mystic Avenue, Somerville, was arrested for default felony warrant.

Ricardo Alberto DeLa Cruz-Sanchez, 28, of 149 Walnut Street, Chelsea, was arrested for red light violation and unlicensed operation of motor vehicle.


September 26

Wenlher J. Silva, 21, of 31 John Street, Chelsea, was arrested for six counts of tagging property.

Louis Martinez, 21, of 63 Essex Street, Chelsea, was arrested for six counts of tagging.


September 28

Francisco Vasquezumana, 31, of 31 Library Street, Chelsea, was arrested for possession/drinking open alcoholic beverage in public.

Vincent K. Fahey, 65, homeless, was arrested for misdemeanor warrant default.

Kevin Sullivan, 29, of 15 Spencer Avenue, Somerville, was arrested for possession of Class A drug.

Helion Perez, 61, of 449 Crescent Avenue, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.


September 29

Charles McCarthy, 18, of 112 Wells, Dorchester, was arrested for shoplifting.

Emanuel Santiago, 29, of 91 Bellingham Street, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.

Elsy Cuellar, 39, of 91 Bellingham Street, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.

Nelson Santiago, 27, of 151 Cambridge Street, Allston, was arrested for unlicensed operation of motor vehicle and driving under the influence.

Victoriano Herrera-Romero, 45, of 18 Maverick Street, Chelsea, was arrested for disorderly conducdt.

Victor Velasquez, 34, of 34 Cottage Street, Chelsea, was arrested for assault and battery.

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