Three arrested, charged with murdering Hyannis woman

Arrests part of a widespread multi-agency drug trafficking raid
Three people from Cape Cod were arraigned in Barnstable District Court on first degree murder charges. Two will also face federal drug charges in connection with a multi-agency Cape Cod heroin distribution investigation. CapeCodToday.com photo.

CAPE COD  - Three people have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of a Hyannis woman last September. The three suspects were arrested during a widespread multi-agency drug trafficking raid on Cape Cod. In all, fifteen people were arrested on Tuesday during the ATF-led round-up. According to a statement for US Attorney Carmen Ortiz's Office, an investigation into illegal drug activity in Massachusetts, particularly on Cape Cod, was spearheaded by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in October 2015. The investigation targeted the Nauti street gang and opioid distribution in the state. The investigation also led to the discovery and arrest of the three murder suspects.

On September 19, 2015, a passerby found the body of 30-year-old Christine Ferreira of Hyannis in the eastbound rest area on Route 6 between Exits 6 and 7. Ferreira had been shot and stabbed multiple times, according to Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe. 

Federal officials allege that 26-year-old Denzel Chisholm aka "Den" or "Din" of Barnstable and 29-year-old Christopher Wilkins aka "Degree" and "Half Circle" of Hyannis pooled their money to purchase heroin from a common source and distributed the heroin to others to sell to customers across the Cape. Investigators believe Chisholm ordered Ferreira's murder as payback for testifying against another member of the Nauti gang in 2011, the release said.

According to the affidavit in February 2016, Wilkins and Chisholm began distributing heroin with a recognizable blue tint. The "blue" heroin was seized from multiple sources on the Cape indicating the wide extent of the gang's distribution. During the investigation, authorities learned that heroin was hidden and distributed out of stash houses on the Cape. At one such location on March 12, the woman who reportedly operated the stash house, 50-year-old Bethanne Hutchings of Hyannis, overdosed on heroin and was revived by authorities with Narcan, the release said.

In addition to the distribution of heroin, authorities allege that Wilkins and Chisholm possessed and used firearms. In March, authorities intercepted telephone calls in which another defendant, 26-year-old Benjamin Roderick aka "B Dot" of Hyannis, offer to trade a .38 caliber gun to Wilkins for 10 grams of heroin. Wilkins agreed to the trade, but Roderick was stopped by police prior to the swap, the release said. In a related complaint, 25-year-old Matthew Monroe of Barnstable reportedly sold an Uzi-semi automatic rifle to a cooperating witness in a Hyannis hotel room, the release said. Monroe was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.

Denzel Chisholm, aka “Den” and “Din,” 26, of Barnstable, Christopher Wilkins, aka “Degree” and “Half Circle,” 29, of Hyannis, Tyrone Gomes, 31, of Hyannis, Eelyese Mateo, aka “El Chapo,” 20, of Hyannis, Bethanne Hutchings, 50, of Hyannis, Oliver Hamilton, 26, of Hyannis, Stephanie Davis, 21, of Harwich and Anthony Hall, aka “Nova,” 31, of Sandwich  were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin in a federal criminal complaint.

Brooke Cotell, 22, of Hyannis, Shaun Miller, aka “Shizz” and “Shizz Miller,” 31, of Hyannis; and Jason Mello, 27, of Barnstable were arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Wilkins and Benjamin Roderick, aka “B Dot,” 26, of Hyannis, were charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

As relates to the murder of Christine Ferreira, Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe said Chisholm, Gomes and Chisholm's sister, 26-year-old Shannelle Chisholm of Mashpee, were charged with first degree murder. 

All defendants will appear in US District Court in Boston. Gomes, who was previously in custody, and Denzel Chisholm, will appear in federal court following their arraignment in Barnstable District Court on the murder charges, the release said.

The investigation was conducted by the US Attorney's Office, the Cape & Island District Attorney's Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Massachusetts State Police, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, The Bristol County Sheriff's Office, the Barnstable Police Department, the Yarmouth Police Department and the US Marshal Service.

The federal case will be prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Eric Rosen of Oritz's Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit. The murder cases will be prosecuted by the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office. 


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