A three-month drug investigation by detectives aimed at curbing quality-of-life offenses on the streets of Winthrop ended Wednesday with the arrest of eight accused drug dealers and two additional people with open warrants, prosecutors said.
From September to December, undercover detectives repeatedly made controlled purchases of cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills from eight dealers, purchases that were documented by police and served as the basis of the arrests, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said in a statement.
“This was more than just a drug sweep,” Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said in a statement. “Nearly every one of these offenders made statements to undercover investigators about violent crimes they’d previously committed or planned to commit in the future.”
The investigation was carried out by State and Winthrop police along with prosecutors in Conley’s office.
The eight defendants were arraigned Wednesday in East Boston District Court, prosecutors said. Each had a not-guilty plea entered on their behalf.
Charged were: Douglas Bitopoulos, 29, with distribution of Class A and Class B substances and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws; Charles Butler, 22, distribution of a Class D substance and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws; April Colvario, 38, distribution of Class B, Class C, and Class D substances, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws; Brian Donahue, 32, distribution of a Class B substance; Francis Forsyth, 40, distribution of a Class A substance, trespassing, assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and breaking and entering; Alexander Madden, 26, distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, possession with intent to distribute a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, and violating the state’s drug laws in a school or park zone; Eric Monahan, 35, distribution of a Class A substance, conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws, larceny over $250, and possession of burglarious tools; and Michael Murphy, 32, distribution of a Class B substance and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.
State Police reviewed cases of open warrants for defendants living in Winthrop, and arrested two additional people, not part of the drug sweep, prosecutors said.
Thomas Kelley, 51, was arrested on a warrant for assault and battery out of Cambridge and Tatiana Yeakley, 25, was arrested on a warrant out of Burlington, prosecutors said.
The arraignment results for Kelley and Yeakley were not immediately available.