Police Briefs 05-31-2018


A major fire on Reynolds Avenue Sunday led to a drug arrest after the flames had subsided.

During the investigation, fire and arson investigators observed inside the apartment where the fire originated narcotics and other drug related evidence.

Chelsea Police Detectives responded and secured a search warrant. Detectives seized more than 300 grams each of Heroin, Cocaine, along with a semi-automatic rifle, counterfeit money and other evidence.

Chelsea Police placed Gerry Girauld, 33, who was living in the Reynolds Avenue apartment under arrest for Trafficking in Class A (Heroin), Class B (Cocaine), Illegal Possession of a Firearm, and Possession of Counterfeit Money.

Giraud is being held on $100,000 cash bail at Chelsea Police Headquarters and was arraigned Tuesday morning in Chelsea District Court on a multitude of charges.



On May 14, at 11:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Hawthorne Street (Compare Market) for a report of a fight. Upon arrival, Officers observed two males standing next to each other. One man was seen on the ground. That man lying on the sidewalk stated he was assaulted and had $100 taken from him by the other man involved. The other man was placed under arrest.

David Kerns, 43, of Revere, was charged with unarmed robbery.



On May 16, at 12:55 p.m., officers were dispatched to Walgreen’s, located at 1010 Broadway, for the report of a shoplifter. Officers placed the female under arrest for a reported theft of more than $200 in merchandise. During the booking process, officers removed a plastic baggie containing heroin from her person. Officers then recovered crack cocaine hidden in a folded lottery ticket. She was additionally charged with possession of Class A and Class B.

Nicole Raso, 35, of East Boston, was charged with possession to distribute a Class A drug, possession of a Class B drug, possession of a Class E drug, and shoplifting.



On May 16,, at 6:45 p.m., a CPD officer responded to call of a person chasing someone with a gun on Central Avenue. Officers found the victim, who stated he was walking on Bellingham Street, when he encountered a man who pulled a gun on him. The victim reported he ran away out of fear. The victim was able to positively identify his attacker after other CPD officers located the suspect. No firearm was recovered though.

Michael Centeno, 27, of 100 Hawthorne St., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.



On May 18, at 12:20 a.m., officers observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of Broadway at Second Street. The female operator made statements to the officer about her sobriety, and she was placed into custody for OUI.

Meaghan Buckley, 28, of Peabody, was charged with operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of drugs, resisting arrest and one-way violation.



An MS-13 member pleaded guilty recently in federal court in Boston to racketeering conspiracy.

Modesto Ramirez, a/k/a “Snoopy,” 29, a Honduran national, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs through a pattern of racketeering activity, more commonly referred to as RICO or racketeering conspiracy. U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV scheduled sentencing for Aug. 21, 2018.

After a multi-year investigation, Ramirez was one of dozens of alleged leaders, members, and associates of MS-13 named in a superseding indictment unsealed in January 2016 that targeted MS-13’s criminal activities in Massachusetts. Ramirez is the 47th defendant to be convicted as part of that ongoing prosecution.

Ramirez was a member of the Trece Locos Salvatrucha or TLS clique of MS-13. The evidence against Ramirez included a secretly-taped recording made by a cooperating witness in which Ramirez discussed his intention to kill a gang rival.

At the hearing, the Court accepted Ramirez’s guilty plea but deferred acceptance of the plea agreement until the sentencing hearing. Under the terms of the proposed plea agreement, Ramirez will be sentenced to 97 months in prison.  Ramirez will also be subject to deportation upon the completion of his sentence.

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