News Release
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Special Agent Tony Pettigrew
Phone: 617-557-2138

September 30, 2008

Framingham Man Sentenced in Crack Case

SEP 30 -- BOSTON, MA - A Framingham man was sentenced today in federal court for conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine in 2005 and 2006.

Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division, United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, and Chief Steve Carl of the Framingham Police Department, announced today that RASHAD ELY, age 22, of Framingham, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge William G. Young to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. ELY pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of cocaine base on April 4, 2008.

At an earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that in 2005 and 2006, law enforcement officers conducted a joint investigation of the drug trafficking activities of a group of crack cocaine traffickers that included ELY and his co-defendants Lahashid Santiago, Brian Greene, Timothy Foss and Jonathon Santiago. During the course of the investigation, officers used cooperating witnesses to make controlled purchases of crack from the defendants, including ELY. In addition, on the evening of September 22, 2006, Framingham Police officers observed ELY and Foss repeatedly going in and out of 447 Hollis Avenue. Upon execution of a search warrant, they seized, among other items, 172 grams of crack. Finally, in a post-arrest statement,ELY admitted that Lahashid Santiago regularly provided Greene, Ely, Foss, and Jonathan Santiago with multi-ounce quantities of crack cocaine which they sold to repeat customers in andaround Framingham.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Framingham Police Department.