Boston, MA | A Dorchester pastor was arrested on drug possession charges after Boston police said they found cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl, and 50 oxycodone pills inside the Grace Fellowship Church.
Police believe Pastor Julian McMillan, 38, lured homeless people and drug addicts into his church by coating hosts with a mixture of cocaine, crystal meth, fentanyl, and oxycodone.
Carney Hospital staff became suspicious after two church members, one 88-year-old man and a 10-year-old girl, overdosed on fentanyl the same day and warned police.
“We are not sure what the motivation behind this was but it may have been to attract more followers to his church,” County Sheriff Andrew Johnson told reporters.
“These past weeks, I had never seen the church so full. Lots of sketchy people for sure, but it was jam-packed like never before,” one church attendee told reporters.
One church member also told reporters how some churchgoers would consistently fight for the hosts.
“One man once grabbed the whole tray of hosts and threatened to stab the pastor before running out of the church with it,” he said.
Security personnel of the Grace Fellowship Church had also noted an increase in sexual activities during mass these past months and had to frequently expel people from the church for indecent behavior, one employee said.
Pastor Julian McMillan is currently held on a $5,000 bail given the inherent danger of the drugs and could face up to 18 months in jail if convicted.