Mass. man charged in Motel 6 bust sentenced

Nashua police photo Anthony Santiago, 26, of 243 South Broadway, Lawrence, Mass.

NASHUA – Anthony Santiago, the 26-year-old Lawrence, Mass. man arrested along with two women as they left a Motel 6 in January 2017, has pleaded guilty to two drug-related charges in exchange for two, one-year jail sentences, to run concurrently.

Santiago agreed to enter guilty pleas to one Class B felony count of possession of a controlled drug, and one Class A misdemeanor count of controlled drug act – acts prohibited, which means he violated the drug act by possessing, selling or intending to sell drugs.

The agreement credits Santiago for the 164 days he’s spent in jail, which leaves him with roughly 6 1/2 months to serve.

Police said at the time that the arrest of Santiago and the two women resulted from their investigation into one of the women, who was a suspect in the theft of some $15,000 from a home in Burlington, Mass.

The woman, identified as Andrea McHugh, 34, of Georgetown, Mass., had been staying at the Motel 6 on Spit Brook Road, police said.

On Jan. 3, 2017, police stopped McHugh’s vehicle as she drove away from the motel. The other woman, Kayla Bausha, 23, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, was driving the vehicle, and McHugh and Santiago were passengers, police said.

In searching McHugh, the officers reported they found heroin, and crack cocaine in her possession, along with the nearly $15,000 reported stolen from the Burlington home.

Santiago was charged with the felony and misdemeanor offenses, while Bausha was charged with possession of heroin and driving on a suspended license, police said.

The status of McHugh’s and Bausha’s cases weren’t immediately known.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.