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Man arrested in Roslindale led to cocaine ring

Cohasset police said a man arrested in Roslindale last week on drug charges — who also faces similar charges in a previous case possibly compromised by the scandal at the state crime lab — led a cocaine trafficking ring that delivered drugs to clients on the South Shore six days a week.

“He was the main target,” Deputy Police Chief William Quigley said Thursday of ­Enrique Camilo. 

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Camilo, 38, pleaded not guilty last week in West Roxbury District Court to charges of trafficking in cocaine as a second offense. 

Judge Ernest Sarason set $100,000 cash bail and ordered Camilo to surrender his passport.

Camilo had been out on bail in a 2010 Weymouth drug case that was possibly compromised because former state chemist Annie Dookhan handled the ­evidence, officials said.

In the more recent case, two other men arrested in ­October in a Stop & Shop parking lot in Cohasset, with what police said were 65 bags of ­cocaine stuffed in a potato chip can, are held on $25,000 bail in the Norfolk County Correctional Facility in Dedham on related cocaine trafficking charges, Quigley said.

Cohasset police had worked with Weymouth and Boston law enforcement officials and federal drug agents for about 18 months, investigating ­cocaine coming from Boston to communities along the Route 3A corridor, said Cohasset ­police Detective Lieutenant Gregory Lennon. 

After the Cohasset arrests, police searched Camilo’s apartment on Clarion Street in Roslindale and said they found 414 grams, just under a pound, of cocaine.

Camilo, however, was not at home, and it took another 11 days to locate him, Quigley said.

In the previous case, Camilo was arrested by Weymouth ­police and the South Shore Drug Task Force on Dec. 14, 2010, in the drive-through lane of a Dunkin’ Donuts near the Fore River Bridge on Route 3A, according to court records.

Police had to break the windows of a minivan to reach Camilo, who allegedly was trying to swallow dozens  of plastic bags of cocaine, according to the records.

Camilo and another man were charged with trafficking in cocaine, and 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. A judge later lowered the condition to release on personal recognizance when the connection to Dookhan was determined.

Prosecutors said they have not decided whether to pursue the case.

Dookhan is accused of tainting evidence in what authorities say were thousands of criminal cases over the nine years she worked at the now-closed Jamaica Plain lab run by the state Department of Public Health. 

Camilo is due back in court on Nov. 26 for a pretrial hearing on the Cohasset case.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.
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