BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts State Police arrested five trespassers that were part of Wednesday’s protest activity in Boston.

The trespassers had parked two vehicles in two travel lanes to block traffic at the Leverett Circle Connector. One vehicle, a 2017 Ford F250 pickup truck, had three 55-gallon steel drum barrels with holes cut into them, with pipes running through the holes. This device is known as a “sleeping dragon.” There was a forth “sleeping dragon” not fed through the barrels.

A “sleeping dragon” is a device made by protestors to secure themselves together with their arms fed through a pipe or tube that runs through barrels, through holes cut into them. A protesters hands are locked to the hands of those next to them inside the barrels, to form a roadblock.

The four “sleeping dragons” were seized from the trespassers Wednesday morning, were made of steel pipes. The seizure of the “sleeping dragons” by troops stopped the protestors from chaining themselves together in the devices to block traffic at the intersection.

That intersection is used by motorists connecting to and from the Tobin Bridge, Route 93, Storrow Drive, Nashua Street, and Charles River Dam Road. Within minutes after, at least two ambulances drove through the area that would have been gridlocked.

Troopers from the State Police Special Emergency Response Team arrested the five trespassers at 6:45a.m. The trespassers were identified as:

  • JOSEPH H. ROGERS, 55, of Lyndeborough, N.H., charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
  • GRANT F. ROCKETT, 64, of Jamaica Plain, charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
  • MARK A. DUGAN, 54, of Newton, charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
  • JENNIFER M. SMITH, 48, of Watertown, charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
  • MARY E. HANSEN, 67, of Jamaica Plain, charged with trespassing on state property, disorderly conduct, and conspiracy to commit a crime.

ROGERS, ROCKETT, and DUGAN were scheduled to be indicted at the Boston Municipal Court. SMITH and HANSEN were expected to be indicted at the Charlestown District Court.