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32 People Arraigned on Drug Charges Following Marlborough Bust

Arraignments began late Thursday morning and continued through the afternoon.

Marlborough District Court. Credit: Mary MacDonald
Marlborough District Court. Credit: Mary MacDonald
More than 30 people who were arrested on drug charges following an undercover investigation led by Marlborough Police were arraigned Thursday, a diverse group that faces criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to multiple felonies.

The hearings in District Court spanned more than four hours, and provided a snapshot of the impact of illegal drugs. Some of the drugs prosecutors say were distributed included heroin, cocaine, marijuana, Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax. The defendants ranged in age from 18 to 51, and included parents of small children, employees of local businesses, and people who their attorneys said were seeking treatment for addiction. 

Prosecutors, by contrast, described defendants with multiple prior arrests or convictions for drug offenses and for some, violent crimes. They advocated for cash bail amounts up to $50,000 for the people who they said were original targets of the investigation. According to the prosecutors, some of the defendants are charged with offenses in school zones.

District Judge David Locke presided Thursday. The arrests followed a three-month investigation that included Marlborough, Hudson and Sudbury Police, the Central Middlesex Area Criminal Task Force, and the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

In a release, Marlborough Police said the investigation used an undercover officer to infiltrate an organized group involved in heroin distribution in the Framingham, Marlborough and Hudson area.

Two people were charged with 19 or more drug offenses each.

Elizabeth S. Danforth, 44, of 22 High St., Hudson, was arraigned on 19 charges, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office. The prosecutor sought a $15,000 cash bail. Locke set bail at $5,000 cash. The charges were: possession of a Class B controlled substance (Ritalin), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Ritalin), possession of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), possession of a Class A controlled substance (heroin), distribution of a Class A controlled substance (heroin), possession of a Class E controlled substance (Xanax), distribution of a controlled substance (Xanax), possession of a Class C controlled substance (Hydrocodone), distribution of a Class C controlled substance (Hydrocodone), attempting to commit a crime, intimidation of a witness, threatening to commit a crime, larceny under $250, and five counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Paul T. O'Brien, 51, of 382 Lincoln St., Apt. 2R, Marlborough, was charged with 27 drug offenses, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office. The prosecutor sought a cash bail of $50,000, Locke set bail at $5,000 cash. The charges were: 10 counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law, seven counts of possession of a Class A controlled substance, subsequent offense, seven counts of distribution of a Class A controlled substance (heroin), subsequent offense, two counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), subsequent offense, and one count of possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), subsequent offense.

The accused filled the benches at Marlborough District Court Thursday, waiting their turn. Family members waited too. At times, the audience members reacted visibly to the initial bail decisions made by Locke. When he ordered one defendant to serve the remainder of a 30-day jail term, because his arrest on a marijuana distribution charge had violated his probation, one young man stormed out of the courtroom, swearing. 

"Ten … dollars?" he said, a reference to the estimated street value of the marijuana.

More arraignments are expected to take place on Friday. The following were arraigned in court on Thursday, with names and charges provided by Marlborough Police and Middlesex County District Attorney documents. Each pleaded not guilty.

Leonel E. Aguilar, 19, of 174 Broad St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance (marijuana). Locke ordered him to serve 30 days in a detention center because his arrest violated his release on a prior offense.

Edwin E. Alago, 33, of 19 Summit St., Framingham, charged with possession of a Class A controlled substance, distribution of a Class A controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Ilaizer Albino, 37, of Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class D controlled substance, subsequent offense, and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Carlos Cancel, 32, of Sudbury, charged with possession of a Class B substance, distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), subsequent offense, and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Luis A. Cancel, 51, of 38 Briarwood Lane, Apt. 8, Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Locke set bail at $500 cash.

Dyan C. Chopelas, 38, of 72A Chestnut St., Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Locke set a $500 cash bail.

Juan F. Cor-diaz, 38, of 22 Belmont St., Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Troy D. Curtis, 25, of 61 Washington St., Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (Percocet), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Percocet) and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Karen Maria Denaro, 31, of 13 Briarwood Lane, Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law. She was released on personal recognizance.

Devin M. Duffin, 23, of 104 Prospect St., Apt. 1, Marlborough, charged with Distribution of a Class D controlled substance, three counts, and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Released on personal recognizance.

Alfred P. Duguay, 45, of 145 Pleasant St., Apt. 409, Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine) and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

John A. Duprey, 19, of 4 Witherbee Terr., Apt. 1, Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance (marijuana), four counts, and conspiracy to violate the drug law, four counts. Locke set bail at $1,000 cash.

Sandra J. Fournier, 43, of 190 Liberty St., Marlborough, charged with two counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), two counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), two counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance (Percocet), two counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Percocet), and four counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws. Released on personal recognizance.

Corey R. Howard, 24, of 100 Howe St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance, subsequent offense (Percocet), distribution of a Class B controlled substance subsequent offense (Percocet) and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Steven S. Kozak, 21, of 20 Old Coach RD., Sudbury, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance, four counts, and conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Alvaro G. Lopez, 21, of 25 Maplewood Ave., Apt. 1, Marlborough, charged with two counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance, (cocaine), two counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance, and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Valerie A. Lumbra, 18, of 138 Pleasant St., Apt. 1, Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class B controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law. She was released on personal recognizance.

Andrea C. Margiolas, 25, of 74 State St., Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), and conspiracy to violate the drug law. Locke set bail at $500 cash.

Jessenia Maldonado, 21, of 220 Lincoln St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance, six counts, possession of a Class E controlled substance (Xanex), distribution of a Class E controlled substance (Xanex), and conspiracy to violate the drug law, four counts. Locke set bail at $500 cash.

Jovanny Marroquinn-Torres, 21, of 30 Royal Crest Dr., Apt. 11, Marlborough, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), distribution of a Class D controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law, two counts.

Hayley A. Merlini, 22, of 125 Elm St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with three counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, (marijuana), two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law, three counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance (Suboxone), six counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance, (Suboxone), possession of an unknown substance and distribution of an unknown substance. Locke set bail at $1,000 cash.

Pamphra Mulondo, 34, of 3 Witherbee Terr., Apt. A, Marlborough, charged with three counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, and two counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance.

Andres Pablo Munoz, 20, of Framingham, charged with three counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, subsequent offense, conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Jason Pinsonault, 29, of 382 Lincoln St., Apt. 2R, Marlborough, charged with unlawful presence at a place where heroin is kept, of being in the company of a person in possession thereof (three counts), two counts of distribution of Class B controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a Class B controlled substance (cocaine), possession of a Class A controlled substance, and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law. Locke set bail at $5,000 cash.

John James Risi, 19, of 316 Lincoln St., Marlborough, charged with eight counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Class B controlled substance (Methylphenidate), two counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Methylphenidate), two counts of possession of a Class E controlled substance (Ropinrole), four counts of distribution of a Class E controlled substance (Ropinrole), and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law. He was released on personal recognizance. Locke cited, in part, his lack of a prior record.

Anthony Sanchez, 23, of Hudson, charged with four counts of distribution of a Class B controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law. Locke set bail at $1,000 cash.

Gabriel R. Santiago, 26, of 23 Belmont St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with distribution of a Class D controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the drug law. He was released on personal recognizance.

Sean Marqui Shaw, 31, of 85 Broad St., Apt. 2, Marlborough, charged with three counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, subsequent offense, conspiracy to violate the drug law and attempting to commit a crime.

Maximiano Silva, 21, of Hudson, charged with three counts of distribution of a Class D controlled substance, and three counts of conspiracy to violate the drug law.

Norman Silva, 45, of Hudson, charged with possession of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), distribution of a Class B controlled substance (Oxycodone), possession of a Class E controlled substance (Xanex), distribution of a controlled substance (Xanex), and conspiracy to violate the drug law.
Kevin Cummings December 17, 2013 at 04:34 PM
What about the rest of the names? The rest of the 50 were in court on Friday and it's now Tuesday and you haven't posted any of them yet with an update.
Mary MacDonald (Editor) December 17, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Hi Kevin, I'm going to have to pull those records. I did not get the names from police. Also, the 50 cited in the city's press release were for the entire investigation, not sure all of those people would have been arraigned at Marlborough District Court.

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