Attorney Charged with Bringing Drugs to Chelsea Court

A Quincy attorney was arraigned on drug charges last week for allegedly bringing a controlled substance to a person at Chelsea District Court.

Michael Lustig, 45, was arraigned on charges of possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws for allegedly bringing Suboxone tablets – prescribed for opiate addiction but also sold and used illicitly – to court today with the alleged intention of delivering them to Alicia DeMarco, 27. DeMarco is not Lustig’s client.

Based in part on defaults in a 2008 case charging Lustig with receiving stolen property and conspiracy, Assistant District Attorney Christopher Henry recommended that Lustig be held on $20,000 cash bail and, if he posts that amount, an order to stay away from DeMarco.

Judge Matthew Nestor imposed $300 and the stay-away order.

Based on information that Lustig would be attempting this delivery, State Police narcotics detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA’s office obtained an anticipatory order for search and seizure from a Suffolk Superior Court judge. The order allowed a search of his person in the event that he arrived at or in the vicinity of Chelsea court, which he did at about 10:30 a.m. last Wednesday, Nov. 13.

State Police confronted Lustig after he used his identification to bypass security. When asked his business, Lustig allegedly said he was there to visit “a friend.” When provided with a copy of the judge’s order, he allegedly asked, “If I give them to you, will you let me go?”

They did not let him go.

Lustig provided Troopers with an envelope bearing DeMarco’s name. To protect any potential privilege, troopers did not open the envelope but instead provided it to the judge who issued the order. Lustig allegedly made several unsolicited statements including “She made me do it” and “She set the whole thing up.”

DeMarco, a resident of Reading, was in court today on a case charging distribution of a Class B substance. She was not taken into custody but detectives plan to seek a complaint charging her with conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.

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