With the state grappling with a heroin epidemic and a rash of fatal overdoses, Boston police arrested a man and woman Monday on charges of trafficking heroin out of a hotel room just steps from Boston College High School and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Darwin Medina, 29, of Boston, and Danielle Sullivan, 28, of Melrose, were arrested at 9:49 a.m. Monday after they left the DoubleTree hotel in Dorchester to drive Medina’s children, ages 4 and 2, to school.
The children were placed in the custody of their grandmother, the district attorney’s office said.
On Tuesday, Medina and Sullivan were arraigned in South Boston Municipal Court on charges of trafficking heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Investigators found 74 grams of heroin in their hotel room, according to a police report.
Not-guilty pleas were entered on their behalf at the arraignment.
Medina was the target of the sting, according to the police report. After he was arrested he told police the drugs in the hotel room belonged to him. In 2012, he was arrested after selling heroin to an undercover officer in a South Boston housing development and served nine months of a 2½-year sentence, according to court records.
After his arrest Monday, Medina was told by officers that they had a search warrant for his hotel room, at which time he allegedly admitted to police that there was heroin inside the room at the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Hotel Boston Bayside.
Police later entered the room with a key that they had taken from Medina. They found an iPhone box containing heroin and nine small bags and one large plastic bag filled with the drug, in both powdered and rock form, as well as two small plastic bags filled with cocaine, according to the police report. Police also reported finding scales and a variety of prepaid credit cards.
The total weight of the heroin was 74 grams, according to the police report, and both Medina and Sullivan were charged with trafficking a class A controlled substance over 36 grams.
During Medina’s arraignment, prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $500,000, while the Probation Department asked that he be held without bail because he had “failed miserably on probation” in the past.
Judge Debra Shopteese ordered Medina to be held on $75,000 bail.
Sullivan’s attorney argued that her client was in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people and asked that she instead be sent for drug-abuse treatment.
Shopteese, after first ordering Sullivan to be held on $10,000 bail, agreed to release Sullivan with a GPS monitoring bracelet after her attorney was able to find a treatment bed for her at the Dimock Center in Roxbury. The judge ordered Sullivan to complete in-patient substance-abuse treatment at the Dimock Center, complete any recommended follow-up treatment, and be subject to random drug testing.
“Now is the time; take the treatment seriously,” Shopteese told Sullivan, who has a 2-year-old daughter.
Sullivan’s attorney said Sullivan remained in the child’s life, but that the girl lives with her father in Winchester.Billy Baker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @billy_baker.