Dealer Allegedly Used RMV Bathroom for Crack Sales

A man charged with distributing cocaine allegedly used a bathroom at the Washington Street Registry of Motor Vehicles to sell crack.

On June 17 about noon, London Lee, 18, of Roxbury allegedly sent an undercover police officer who approached him on the street to a second-floor bathroom of the RMV. Lee met the officer there and traded two bags of crack for $30, according to a police affidavit written by Boston Police Sgt. William Dwan.

Before leaving the restroom, Lee also gave the undercover his cell phone number – should he want to buy crack again – and told him to file it under “Murda,” the affidavit said.

A strip-search of Lee found bags of crack and heroin hidden in his buttocks, the affidavit said. Along with the hidden drugs, Lee also had a folding knife and $214 on him, police said.

Lee is charged with distributing cocaine within 1000 feet of a school because of the proximity to University High, the affidavit said. Lee was approached by the undercover officer at the corner of Boylston and Washington Streets, where he was standing with three other men near a flower pot, police said.

He was indicted on the charge in U.S. District Court last week.

The arrest was part of a heightening investigation into drug sales around the Common, Theater District and Chinatown, Dwan wrote.


Northeastern Ph. D Student Held on Witness Intimidation Charge

A Chemistry graduate student will remain jailed as he awaits trial on charges alleging he tried to sell a large batch of ecstasy, then threatened the person who set him up.

Dennis Szymanski, 30, charged in separate indictments with conspiracy to distribute a drug and threatening to injure or kill a confidential witness, had asked that he be released while the charges pend so he could finish his Ph. D at Northeastern University. But a Magistrate Judge Timothy Hillman denied that request, calling Szymanski a potential danger to the public.

“I have found the evidence against him to be substantial, if not overwhelming,” Hillman wrote in his detention order, issued July 20.

Szymanski was arrested in April in Philadelphia after he allegedly drove there from Boston with plans to sell two kilograms of ecstasy for $36,000. But when he allegedly made the swap, he was swarmed by law enforcement and arrested.

After being released on $50,000 bail on that charge Szymanski returned to Boston. In early July, he allegedly drove from his Boston home to a library at the UMass Medical School campus in Worcester to send a threatening email to the man who cooperated with investigators to set him up.

The email was titled “You Rat Fuck,” and was sent from “ratexterminator105@yahoo.com.”

Szymanski’s attorney, Charles Rankin, previously asked he be released to the custody of his parents on the condition he only leave the house for medical treatment or to work on completing his Ph. D. Szymanski is a graduate student in Chemistry at Northeastern and is employed as a research assistant at a lab there.

The measures Szymanski took to send the message and conceal his identity showed he was a potential threat to the public, Hillman wrote.

“He took pains to attempt to hide his identity by traveling outside the area where he lives and creating false on-line persona while using a public computer terminal,” Hillman’s order said.

Along with the email, he also allegedly sent threatening messages to the informant’s girlfriend and mother on Facebook, using the alias “Kim Spence.”

“This will last for 20 years until both of you pay, you will both pay dearly for this,” one of the messages said. “REMEMBER THIS YOU WILL BOTH PAY DEARLY.”

Szymanski’s attorney, Charles Rankin, previously asked he be released to the custody of his parents on the condition he only leave the house for medical treatment or to work on completing his Ph. D. Szymanski is a graduate student in Chemistry at Northeastern and is employed as a research assistant at a lab there.


Four Indicted in Lawrence to New Bedford Heroin Ring

Four men have been indicted in connection to a cross-state heroin ring that connected two of the Commonwealth’s most depressed cities.

Luis Alberto Gonzalez, Victor Santan-Guerrero, Angel Concepcion and Oveido Lopez were each indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute.

The four men ran a ring where large quantities of heroin were shipped from Lawrence to New Bedford on a nearly daily basis, according to a DEA investigator. They were among six arrested in a bust in Lawrence in February where agents seized nine pounds of heroin worth about $3 million.

The New Bedford DEA office began watching the ring by physical surveillance in November 2010 in New Bedford, and were able to track it back to Lawrence by planting GPS devices on drug runners’ cars. The GPS showed one runner made the 180-mile round trip between the cities on a daily basis.

The source of the heroin was a stash house, 570 South Union Street Apartment 8, in Lawrence. A runner would pick up the drugs and several members of the conspiracy in Lawrence, drive to New Bedford and pick up a few more, then they would fan out across New Bedford, selling heroin until the runner picked them up at the end of the day, according to DEA affidavit.

After receiving a search warrant in Lawrence District Court, agents raided the stash house Feb. 2, arresting the four men and seizing the drugs.

Agents had difficulty identifying one of the men Alberto Gonzalez, because he had mutilated his fingerprints, an affidavit said.

Federal charges were brought in April and the indictments were handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston. All four remain imprisoned pending trial.


Alleged Psychedelic Dealer Wants Release to Finish Ph. D in Chemistry

Previous Report: Northeastern Student Charged with Bulk Sales of MDA, Threatening Informant

A man who faces state and federal charges for allegedly distributing psychedelic drugs wants to be released from prison so he can finish his Ph. D in chemistry at Northeastern University.

Dennis Szymanski, who was arrested last week after allegedly threatening an informant who set him up, wants to be released to the custody of his parents in Boylston, according to a filing by defense attorney Charles Rankin.

Szymanski will only leave his home for medical care, visiting his attorney and to complete his degree, Rankin wrote. He is a Ph. D student in chemistry at Northeastern’s Barnett Institute.

He was arrested on April 20 in Philadelphia, where federal investigators – with the help of a confidential informant – set up a purchase of $36,000 for two kilograms psychedelic MDA (further lab testing has shown the drug was actually MDMA, commonly called ecstasy, according to a court filing).

Szymanski was released on $50,000 bail shortly after his arrest, but got back into trouble when he allegedly sent threatening emails and Facebook messages to the informant who set up the Philadelphia drug exchange and his family. He faces a charge of threatening a government witness stemming from the threats.

It isn’t the first time Szymanski has been charged with distributing a drug, according prosecutors. He was arrested in Boston on November 10 last year and charged with distributing liquid LSD, U.S. Attorney Christopher Bator wrote in a motion calling for Szymanski to be held until trial.

Szymanski allegedly previously admitted to investigators he uses illegal drugs, Bator wrote. He also lied when asked if he had any drug cases pending against him when he was interviewed after his arrest in Philadelphia in April, Bator wrote.

No decision has been handed down on either request, according to the court docket. The case is assigned to Magistrate Judge Timothy Hillman.


Northeastern Student Charged with Bulk Sales of MDA, Threatening Informant

A Northeastern University student faces charges for allegedly selling a large batch of psychedelic drug MDA and threatening a government informant, according to court records.

Dennis Szymanski drove from Boston to Philadelphia on April 20 with two kilograms of MDA he planned to sell for $36,000, authorities said. But he had set up the deal with a source cooperating with federal investigators, and when he arrived at a South Philadelphia Best Buy parking lot to make the trade Szymanski was arrested by Immigrations and Customs Exchange agents, according to an ICE affidavit.

Szymanski is listed on the website for Northeastern’s Barnett Institute of Chemical and Biological Analysis as a Ph. D student. A Homeland Security affidavit confirmed Szymanski as a student at Northeastern, but did not specify what field.

Using $10,000 in government funds, the informant made the swap with federal agents listening in. Szymanski was arrested, waived his miranda rights and admitted to making the drug deal, according to an affidavit written by ICE agent Jeffery Kuc. He was charged with distributing a controlled substance.

Szymanski was released on bail as the case awaited review by a grand jury. But he got back into trouble when the man who set up his arrest received a threatening email from “ratexterminator105@yahoo.com” on June 30, according to a federal court filing.

Written in all caps, part of the email said, “You think you got away with something? You did not. Capital punishment is the biggest deterrent. Good thing we have plenty of rat poison. You have (effed) up big time now your family will be involved.”

The informant’s girlfriend also received a threatening message on Facebook, part of which said: “This will last for 20 years until both of you pay, you will both pay dearly for this. REMEMBER THIS YOU WILL BOTH PAY DEARLY.”

Both messages and another sent to a family member of the informant were traced to a library computer at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. Video surveillance captured Szymanski using the computer at the time the message was sent, Homeland Security Special Agent Mark Duffy wrote in a report.

Szymanski admitted to agents he sent the messages when they paid a visit to his Boston area home on July 7, Duffy wrote. Szymanski was arrested the following day, and on a charge of threatening a government witness. He is scheduled for a detention hearing July 12 in U.S. District Court in Boston.