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Man freed in drug-lab scandal is arrested on similar charges

A Roslindale man whose trafficking case in Norfolk County was undermined by the state’s drug lab scandal was arrested Friday on similar charges after Boston police allegedly found a pound of cocaine in his home.

Enrique Camilo pleaded not guilty to the drug charges at his arraignment in West Roxbury Municipal Court on Friday, where Judge Ernest Sarason set bail at $100,000 cash, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

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Camilo, 38, was arrested at Logan International Airport as he returned from the Dominican Republic, Suffolk prosecutors said. He had been sought by Boston police since Oct. 10 when a task force of police, including officers from Weymouth and Cohasset, searched Camilo’s Claron Street home.

Police allegedly found more than a pound of white powder that field-tested positive for cocaine, prosecutors said. They also found inositol, which is used to cut cocaine, personal papers with Camilo’s name and photos, and boxes of plastic bags.

Camilo was not home but returned on Friday.

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In the previous incident, Camilo was arrested by Weymouth police and the South Shore Drug Task Force on Dec. 14, 2010 when he allegedly tried to swallow small plastic bags of suspected cocaine while he was a passenger in a minivan, according to court records.

Police recovered 14 small bags of cocaine that field-tested positive. Camilo and another man were charged with trafficking in cocaine.

Camilo, who has two prior drug convictions, was also facing an enhanced sentence as a career criminal, according to court records.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was freed on $25,000 cash bail. The bail amount was cut to zero on Oct. 2 when Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office said that Annie Dookhan, who has allegedly admitted tampering with evidence in thousands of cases, played a role in the drug testing involved in Camilo’s case.

David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney, said Friday that prosecutors are reviewing whether they can continue to prosecute Camilo for the 2010 arrest.

Conley, in a prepared statement, said the Camilo case highlights the damage the public and the criminal justice system have suffered because of the problems at the now-closed Department of Public Health lab in Jamaica Plain, where Dookhan worked.

“This should come as no surprise,” Conley said. “The defendants who will benefit most from the drug lab disaster will be violent offenders, repeat offenders, and high-level offenders like this one.”

John R. Ellement can be reached at
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