Ed Hopfmann/Daily News staff
Three suspects are arraigned on drug charges yesterday in Framingham District Court, Edwin Santana, left, Luiz Infante, second from right, and Nicole Chiasson, right.
By Norman Miller/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 12, 2008 @ 12:51 AM
The lawyer for a Framingham woman accused of being a cocaine trafficker argued yesterday in Framingham District Court that the drugs found in her apartment were for her and her boyfriend's personal use.
John Daly Jr. said Nicole Chiasson, 24, and Edwin Santana, 30, planned on using and not selling the more than 20 grams of cocaine police discovered at 447 Water St.
"I think an expert would agree, 20 (grams) could be for personal use," said Daly. "I haven't heard any suggestion that there were any drug dealing going on."
Santana and Chiasson, along with Luiz Infante, 18, of Framingham, and a 16-year-old boy, were arrested Friday after Framingham Police served search warrants on their homes, prosecutor Anne Pogue said.
At the Water Street apartment, police found a "large quantity" of cocaine and marijuana, the prosecutor said.
One baggie alone contained 20 grams. Police also found a baggie of cocaine hidden in Santana's underwear.
"The case against both of these defendants is very strong," Pogue said.
Pogue told Judge Douglas Stoddart she did not have a copy of a search warrant detailing why police decided to search 447 Water St., which is above Gerard's Turkey Farm, and 14 Swanson Road.
Police said Gerard's Turkey Farm is not connected to the drugs.
Pogue asked Stoddart to set $10,000 bail for Santana, while she asked that the $1,500 bail Chiasson posted on Friday be continued.
"These are very serious drug charges," Pogue said. "Both of these defendants face serious prison time if convicted."
Santana and Chiasson were both charged with trafficking in cocaine, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and a school zone violation.
Infante and the minor were both charged with the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.
Pogue did not detail the allegations against Infante yesterday because he requested a court-appointed lawyer, and not enough defense lawyers were available yesterday to handle the arraignment.
Santana's lawyer, Christine Breslin, asked that Santana be released on $1,000 bail. She said Santana and Chiasson are dating and he had just started a flooring company.
"We have little information about the search warrant," Breslin said. "All we know is we have 20 grams."
Daly asked that Chiasson's bail be reduced to $500, but Stoddart kept the bail at $1,500.
Stoddart also set Santana's bail at $7,500. If he doesn't post bail, he'll be held at the Middlesex Jail until a pretrial conference on Sept. 11.