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Teen, another man held at Boston airport for cocaine trafficking

Published On: 08-05-2016 in Category: cocaine


Two men traveling from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, were arrested at Logan International Airport recently for allegedly trying to smuggle cocaine into Boston. Both the accused were carrying around 13 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $200,000.

Ezra Mendez, 19, and Erick Dominguez-Santos, 25, both of Allentown, Pennsylvania, were charged with illegal trafficking of cocaine and held without bail for conspiring to violate the drug laws until they were being produced at East Boston District Court. Both of them were caught separately in July 2016 in a span of 10 minutes when the customs officials were screening their bags.

Cocaine was hidden in the lining of the bags

According to the authorities, both Mendez and Dominguez-Santos carried similar black Slazenger roller bags. Mendez’s bag raised suspicions at the customs when the screeners noticed that the bottom of the bag was bushier than other such bags. On further probing, searching and x-raying, they discovered two packages hidden in the lining of the bag. The packages had a white powdery substance which was cocaine.

After some time, when Dominguez-Santos came for screening, he looked extremely uneasy and nervous. The investigators cornered him, took out the things in the bag and searched it thoroughly. They found packages of cocaine stashed in the lining of his bag as well.

The police confirmed that both the accused were carrying approximately 3 kgs of cocaine each in their respective bag. “(The men) weren’t with each other, but they were associated with each other,” Massachusetts State Police Spokesperson Trooper Paul Sullivan said. He also confirmed that the two men were arrested by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and were over to the Massachusetts State Police.

Cocaine is one of the most trafficked drugs in Massachusetts

Drug trafficking is a serious offense in Massachusetts. Trafficking of cocaine in the state is a Class B Felony. According to the state law, a person convicted of cocaine trafficking is entitled to serve a mandatory sentence of two years in prison if he/she possesses at least 18 grams, but less than 36 grams of cocaine; three and the half years if cocaine possession is at least 36 grams, but less than 100 grams; eight years if the possession quantity is at least 100 grams, but less than 200 grams; and at least 12 years in prison for 200 grams or more cocaine possession. However, the sentences may vary depending on the severity of the crime committed.

Mexican traffickers are generally the greatest threat to America’s fight against drugs. In fact, in its 2015 National Drug Treat Assessment, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that Mexican cartels were spreading and no one could beat them in the near future in terms of illegal drug trade like cocaine. The cartels have spread into cities like Boston in a rapid manner. According to the DEA report, the city has been a receiver of cocaine from Mexican cartels located in the border states.

Treatment for cocaine addiction

Cocaine addiction can be debilitating. With cocaine trafficking at its peak, the availability of such illegal drugs in the streets are not scarce anymore. If you or your loved one is addicted to drugs, like cocaine, you may contact the Boston Drug Treatment and Rehab Center to get the best addiction treatment that can aid in achieving sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 857-254-1818 or chat online with our treatment advisors for more information.

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