Police Briefs 05-02-2019

Stabbed in the Square

On April 18, at 9:49 a.m., Officers were dispatched to 75 Bellingham St. for a report of a stabbing. The victim gave officers a description of his attacker. Responding officers observed a male fitting the description and placed the male in custody at Bosson Park. A knife was recovered on scene. The victim was taken to MGH to receive treatment for serious, but nonlife-threatening, injuries. Chelsea Detectives are continuing the investigation. 

Isiah Chafin, 22, of 79 Burma Rd., was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) and one warrant.

Hit in the Head

On April 17, a CPD Officer was dispatched to the East Boston Health Center at 8:51 p.m. to take a report of a past assault that occurred at 739 Broadway Chelsea. The male victim told the officer he was struck in the head with a beer bottle by a person inside his apartment causing a laceration to his head. Officers responded to the residence and placed the male suspect under arrest.

Carlos Castellon, 41, of 739 Broadway, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Drug Network Busted on Mill Hill

On April 18, at 3:15 p.m., detectives acted on information from tips of substantial drug activity in the area of Washburn Street, Louis Street, Clinton Street, and Hooper Streets. This area is also known as the Mill Hill area.  Witnesses stated that sometimes people would park their vehicles and make drug deals from their cars. Based on that and other information, Chelsea Drug Unit Detectives set up surveillance in the area and observed several illegal transactions originating inside cars as described. Three individuals were placed under arrest on drug charges.

Danny Hernandez, 29, of 855 Broadway; and Ramon Hernandez, 58, of 855 Broadway; were both charged with distribution of a Class A drug, Distribution of a Class B drug, and conspiracy.

Tyler Travis, 26, of Medford, was charged with distribution of a Class A drug, Distribution of a Class B drug, conspiracy, unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and one warrant.

Stolen Car

On April 20, at 5:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to a hit and run accident at the intersection of Grove and Willow Streets. Officers were given a description of the vehicle that fled. A BOLO was issued and a CPD officer on Carter Street observed the car and stopped the operator. The car was reported stolen and the driver arrested.

Cristian Alfaro, 21, of 61 Heard St., was charged with receiving a stolen motor vehicle, leaving the scene of property damage, unlicensed operation, and reckless operation.

MS-13 Member Indicted for Racketeering Conspiracy

An alleged member of the transnational criminal gang La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, was indicted on Wednesday, April 24, on racketeering conspiracy.

Edwin Amaya Mejia Alvarado, 18, a Salvadoran national who had been residing in East Boston, was indicted on one count of conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, commonly referred to as racketeering or RICO conspiracy. Amaya Mejia was detained following an initial appearance in federal court in Boston. 

As alleged in the indictment, MS-13 is a violent street gang with members in Massachusetts and across the United States. Among other things, gang members attempt and use violence to enhance the gang’s prestige and expand their criminal operations. MS-13 members have engaged in acts of violence in Massachusetts including murder, attempted murder, robbery, and assault, as well as other criminal activity, including narcotics trafficking, firearms possession, witness tampering, and witness retaliation. It is alleged that Amaya Mejia is a member of the Huntington Locos Salvatrucha clique of MS-13. 

The charge of RICO conspiracy provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. The defendant also faces deportation proceedings upon completion of any sentence imposed. Sentences are imposed by a federal District Court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

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