Sixteen Individuals Arrested on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges
Sixteen individuals from Boston were charged in the past week on federal charges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.
June Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England; United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan; Kathleen M. O'Toole, Commissioner of the Boston Police Department; William J. Hoover, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Joseph A. Galasso, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation; Colonel Thomas G. Robbins, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Steve Melia, Chief of the Boston Housing Authority Police; and Daniel Conley, Suffolk County District Attorney, announced today that sixteen individuals were charged and at least ten have been arrested in Boston on criminal Complaints charging them with conspiring to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine in and around Boston.
The following defendants were arrested:
1. ���GREGORY BING, a/k/a "Groove", age 38, of Roxbury, MA;
2. ���ANTHONY SMITH, a/k/a "Ant", age 36, of Walpole, MA;
3. ���DONNELLE D. JOYNER, age 33, of Quincy and Boston, MA;
4. ���GERARD KIMBLE, age 34, of Dorchester, MA;
5.�� ALBERTO Q. ROMERO, age 28, of Jamaica Plain, MA;
6.�� JORGE A. ROMERO, age 25, of Jamaica Plain, MA;
7.�� WILLIAM ARIAS, of Brookline, MA;
8.�� RONNIE CHRISTIAN, age 36, of Boston, MA;
9.�� DANA RICE, age 32, of Roxbury, MA; and
10. WILLONA GAINES, age 27, of Dorchester, MA.
There are six additional defendants. Five are still being sought and one is in state custody on separate drug charges. All of the defendants have been charged in federal criminal Complaints with participating in a conspiracy, from at least September 2004 to the present, to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine and cocaine base.
The Five wanted individuals are:
The individual in state custody is MAHIRI KAZANA, a/k/a “Spanky,” age 39, of Boston and Norwood.
If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment up to life, to be followed by up to 5 years of supervised release, and a $4 million fine.
In connection with search and seizure warrants issued in the past week by Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles B. Swartwood III, investigators have seized five firearms, over $100,000 in cash, a money counting machine, and five luxury motor vehicles, including a 2005 Bentley Continental, a 2000 Bentley Arnage, a 2004 BMW 645 CSI convertible, a 2005 Range Rover SUV, and a 2005 Acura TL 3.2 sedan. Two other motor vehicles, a BMW and a Mercedes, have also been seized during the course of the investigation. The financial investigation of the drug organization is continuing.
The case was investigated by a team of agents, detectives, and officers from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration; the Boston Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Massachusetts State Police; the Boston Housing Authority Police; the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation and the Milton Police Department.