Overdose In Hotel Leads to Large Seizure of Crystal Meth

Two men were arraigned Monday on charges of trafficking methamphetamines after an overdose at a Downtown hotel led to the discovery a large amount of drugs in their room.

Jeffrey Bertrand, 30, of Everett, and Dylan Donahue, 23, of Granby, were arraigned Monday in Boston Municipal Court on charges of trafficking in more than 100 grams of methamphetamine. Donahue was additionally arraigned on two counts of possession of a Class B substance. Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci requested bail of $150,000 and orders that each defendant wear a GPS monitor, abide by a curfew, and stay away from the W Hotel in the event they are to be released on bail. Judge Michael Coyne set bail in the amount of $2,000 and ordered that the men each submit to GPS monitoring and home confinement and stay away from the city of Boston in the event they are released.

According to prosecutors, Bertrand and Donahue were staying in a room at the W Hotel on Thursday night into Friday morning. At approximately 4:30 a.m. Friday, Bertrand allegedly overdosed on drugs and was transported to a hospital for treatment. As a result, hotel staff informed Donahue that the men were being evicted from their room.

Donahue gathered their belongings and left the premises. However, staff at the hotel later discovered a bag inside a desk in the room that held a container of crystal meth, prosecutors said. Police responded to the hotel and approached Bertrand and Donahue, who had returned to the location.

After speaking with the men, officers entered the room and observed the container found by hotel staff. Its contents were weighed and determined to be 142 grams of suspected crystal meth. Also inside the hotel room were a small briefcase-style safe, a silver bowl with crystal meth residue, multiple Ziplock baggies, hypodermic needles, and other indicia of drug distribution and use.

Based on their findings, officers placed Bertrand and Donahue under arrest. In Donahue’s pockets, officers found a suboxone strip pack and a small baggie of suspected cocaine, prosecutors said.

Bertrand and Donahue return to court Oct. 5.

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