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Son of Boston Leader Arrested

July 14, 2000

BOSTON (AP) _ The son of a housing leader at the nation’s first tenant-run public housing development has been arrested on charges of selling crack cocaine at the complex.

Raleigh Hailey 42, was arrested in his mother’s apartment early Wednesday morning during a raid at the Bromley-Heath housing complex.

A federal indictment alleges that he sold at least five grams of crack in March. Another man was charged with conspiring to sell drugs with Hailey.

The arrests come seven months after Mildred Hailey, Hailey’s mother, regained her position as tenant leader, despite allegations she had ignored drug activity during her tenure.

During an October 1998 drug raid at Bromley-Heath, 38 men and women were arrested, including Mildred Hailey’s grandsons _ Damion Martin and Eugene Martin.

The raid prompted the Boston Housing Authority to take control of the development and remove Hailey from her position. She was reinstated in October under a plan that gradually returned control of the complex to the tenants.

Residents agreed to participate in a federal tenant-management experiment about three decades ago to change Bromley-Heath’s reputation as one of the city’s dirtiest, most dilapidated housing projects. By 1973, they were operating all 27 buildings.

A hearing for Hailey was scheduled for Friday.

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