Drug sus­pect has 5 aliases

Au­thor­i­ties: Man has been de­ported at least twice

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By CHRIS VILLANI and LAU­REL J. SWEET — chris.villani@boston­her­ald.com

A Tewks­bury man ar­rested last week with a six­fig­ure drug stash in the same apart­ment as a 9-month-old baby is a twice-de­ported il­le­gal im­mi­grant who has used at least five dif­fer­ent names, au­thor­i­ties said.

Wil­son Soto, 49, is charged with drug traf­fick­ing, con­spir­acy to vi­o­late the drug law, iden­tity fraud and pos­sess­ing a false or stolen iden­tity. When po­lice fin­ger­printed Soto, they learned he had pre­vi­ously used the names Julio Moreno-Mo­rales, Juan An­to­nio Baez-Castillo and Wil­son Ise­nia Ro­driguez, all with dif­fer­ent dates of birth, Tewks­bury po­lice de­tec­tive Pa­trick M. Con­nor wrote in his nar­ra­tive.

“A closer look re­vealed Wil­son (us­ing the name Juan Baez-Castillo) was ar­rested for drug charges out of N.H. in 1991 and sub­se­quently re­moved from the coun­try,” Con­nor said. “Wil­son was ar­rested again for il­le­gal en­try into the U.S. on 2/27/11 in Laredo, Tex. un­der the same name (Juan Baez-Castillo).”

Soto had a driver’s li­cense in the name of Or­lando Mal­don­ado when he was ar­rested last Thurs­day, and ad­mit­ted the ID was fake, telling po­lice he had used the fake name to get a driver’s li­cense in Mas­sachusetts, po­lice said.

U.S. Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion has lodged an im­mi­gra­tion de­tainer against Soto, who is held on $500,000 bail, a spokesman for the agency told the Her­ald.

“Mr. Baez-Castillo has been repa­tri­ated to his home coun­try on two prior oc­ca­sions, most re­cently in 2011,” the spokesman said, re­fer­ring to Soto by one of his aliases.

Af­ter the lat­est charges are dealt with, in­clud­ing any po­ten­tial prison time, ICE in­tends to de­port Soto to the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, the spokesman said, adding that pre­vi­ously de­ported il­le­gal im­mi­grants can be pros­e­cuted for re-en­try and face up to 20 years in fed­eral prison.

More than two dozen troop­ers, po­lice of­fi­cers, and Drug En­force­ment Agency agents were in­volved in the 6 a.m. raid last Thurs­day and seized 1,049 grams of co­caine and 644 grams of fen­tanyl with a com­bined street value of $100,000.

When cops forced their way into the apart­ment, they said they found Cristina Richard­son, 48, hold­ing a 9-month-old baby just steps away from a sus­pected fen­tanyl stash, the po­lice re­port states. The child was taken to a rel­a­tive’s home, au­thor­i­ties said, and the Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies is in­ves­ti­gat­ing, ac­cord­ing to a spokes­woman.

Wil­son Soto was ar­rested last Thurs­day along with Richard­son and their son, Yo­janel Soto, 20. Richard­son posted $25,000 bail and was re­leased with a GPS mon­i­tor­ing de­vice, court records show. ICE of­fi­cials are mon­i­tor­ing her case, but have not taken any ac­tion.

Yo­janel Soto also had been ar­rested in Lawrence last Jan­uary and charged with pos­ses­sion to dis­trib­ute heroin and is on pro­ba­tion in that case un­til Oct. 19 of next year, po­lice said. He is be­ing held on $50,000 bail.


UP THE RIVER: Po­lice ar­rested (far right from top) Cristina Richard­son, Wil­son Soto and Yo­janel Soto last week at a Tewks­bury apart­ment com­plex on Ames Hill Drive, right. Au­thor­i­ties say they found large quan­ti­ties of co­caine and fen­tanyl.


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