Cop or drug dealer?

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 9, 2006

The feds put wires on his partners, who recorded Bonilla advising them how to lie about their conspiracy. “I’ve done shit before, and you know nobody found out,” Bonilla said, in one monitored conversation in 1998. “It’s kept quiet and shit.”

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PLAYA TIME: The building, purchased by Pulido in 2002, where the cop threw after-hours parties complete with open druge use and a "boom-boom room," where a lap dance could be had for a slittle as $20. Pulido's wife taught children dance in a studio in the same building: that entrance is visible on the right.
Warning signs
While Bonilla was running with JP gang- bangers, Pulido, who had been on the force for less than a year, began using illegal steroids with a local criminal, according to a Globe report. And in 1999 Pulido tested positive for cocaine under the department’s new testing program. He was allowed to take a second test to prove his innocence; he tested positive again and was suspended for 45 days.

Many cities fire police officers caught using drugs. It’s considered a taboo — much like a ballplayer who bets on his own sport — because it invariably puts officers in a compromising position among criminals from whom they get their supply. If Pulido had such entanglements when he tested positive for cocaine, the BPD didn’t know because it never looked closely enough to find out. We now know from the FBI affidavit that at some point Pulido did business with repeat felon Matthew West of Everett and his girlfriend Tatiana Hall, who allegedly supplied drugs and prostitutes for after-hours parties Pulido hosted in Hyde Park.

The period when Pulido failed his drug test was a particularly turbulent time in the JP drug trade. In late 1998, federal agents made dozens of arrests after spending more than a year working an undercover operation aimed at Bromley-Heath dealers, using undercover officers and cooperating informants. The sting had been shielded from most of the E-13 officers and the Bromley-Heath housing police, whom some feds believed could not be trusted. The arrests included several family members of Bromley-Heath’s tenant- management president.

But Pulido was not fired for his drug use, and did not seem to come under any special scrutiny.

His marriage was in trouble, however: during a 1999–2000 separation, he moved into public housing near Jackson Square — while at the same time buying a $221,000 house in Dorchester from his future co-defendant, Carlos Pizarro. During this separation, Pulido impregnated his former police-academy classmate, Roslyn Williams — who was living on Walnut Park, in the gang- ridden neighborhood where several of Eddie Bonilla’s partners in crime lived. Not long after suspending Pulido for cocaine use, the department began sending a portion of his check to the woman they had rejected for having ties to the gang community, for child support.

Nevertheless, Pulido soon got back together with his wife, and they had their fourth child together the next year. But there was at least one more girlfriend: Evelyn Reynoso, a Dominican woman who ran an Egleston Square barber shop with Pulido, and who “was fully aware of Pulido’s criminal activities,” federal prosecutors allege.

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