For Immediate Release - February 15, 2017

Boston Man Arrested in Connection With Providing Narcotics to Women, Trafficking Them for Sex in Greater Boston Area

Defendant Allegedly Gave Victims Heroin and Cocaine; Kept Proceeds from Commercial Sex

BOSTON – A Boston man has been arrested and arraigned in connection with supplying multiple women with drugs and trafficking them for commercial sex in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.

Hendricks Mario Berdet (aka “Capo,” aka “Supa Capo,” aka “Supa Mario”), age 30, was arrested last night in Medford by Boston Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Medford Police.

He was arraigned today in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division on charges of Trafficking in Persons for Sexual Servitude (6 counts), Distribution of a Class A Substance (heroin) (2 counts), and Distribution of a Class B Substance (cocaine) (2 counts). 

“We allege that this defendant preyed on vulnerable women, supplied them with addictive drugs and personally profited off of their sexual exploitation,” said AG Healey. “As we work to combat the opioid epidemic that is plaguing our state, we are seeing more and more women with addiction issues being preyed upon for illegal purposes. These charges send a clear message that we will aggressively investigate and prosecute those accused of these egregious crimes.”

"I want to commend my officers, as well as our law enforcement partners for the hard work and long hours that led to the arrest of the suspect in this case,” said Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans. “Clearly, our city is a safer place with Hendricks Mario Berdet behind bars. Individuals who prey upon young women who find themselves desperate and downtrodden have no place in a law abiding society. And I humbly hope that those who were victimized can draw some small level of comfort in knowing that the suspect in this case will be aggressively prosecuted for the pain and suffering inflicted on all those he exploited."

At the arraignment, Berdet pleaded not guilty to the charges and Judge David Breen set bail at $150,000 cash, with the condition that Berdet have no contact with the victims or witnesses in the case and be monitored by GPS. Berdet is being held for 60 days on a bail revocation based on a separate open drug case. He is due back in Boston Municipal Court-Central Division on March 8 for a probable cause hearing on today’s charges.

The AG’s Office began an investigation in November 2016 along with the Boston Police Department’s (BPD) Human Trafficking Unit and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), after the matter was referred by BPD.

The investigation revealed that Berdet allegedly supplied multiple women with drugs, including heroin and cocaine, in exchange for engaging in commercial sexual activity for his personal profit.

According to authorities, Berdet would allegedly distribute the drugs to the women, post advertisements on websites known to advertise sexual services, and transport them to various homes and hotels in locations including Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Waltham where they would engage in sexual acts for a fee. The women allegedly provided all of the money they received for performing commercial sexual acts to Berdet, who required the women to reach a certain quota of each night, usually between $1,000 and $1,500. Berdet also allegedly took the victims’ identification or bank cards in some cases.

This investigation remains ongoing. These charges are allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

This case is being handled through the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, which focuses on policy, prevention and prosecution and includes a team of specialized prosecutors, victim advocates and Massachusetts State Police troopers who handle high impact, multi-jurisdictional human trafficking investigations and prosecutions across the state. Through the Human Trafficking Division, the AG’s Office has charged more than 30 individuals in connection with human trafficking since the law went into effect in 2012.

Also today, four individuals were indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury in connection with trafficking women at ‘massage parlors’ in Western Massachusetts after law enforcement dismantled the criminal operations in a major multistate law enforcement takedown in December.

Yesterday, AG Healey announced that two New Hampshire women were arrested and arraigned in connection with trafficking women for commercial sex in Massachusetts communities through an online “escort” service.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth K. Keeley, Chief of the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, with assistance from Nikki Antonucci, Chief of the AG’s Victim Services Division.

It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Human Trafficking Division, BPD, HSI, Investigator Jillian Petruzziello of the AG’s Financial Investigations Division and the AG’s Digital Evidence Lab.