TWELVE BOSTON MEN CHARGED WITH FEDERAL AND STATE DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES
Boston, Mass...In federal and state indictments that were unsealed today, 12 Boston men have been charged with distributing cocaine and heroin in Roxbury and Dorchester.
According to a complaint affidavit, these charges are the result of a three-month investigation targeting drug trafficking in areas particularly hard hit by drug dealing and related violence: the area around the Warren Gardens Apartments near Dudley Square, and areas around Codman Square and Uphams Corner in Dorchester. All of the federal defendants are charged with distribution of cocaine; and five are also charged with having conducted their drug deals within 1,000 feet of area parks or schools.
“This investigation reflects the commitment of the Department of Justice to work closely with our local and state agencies to bring the full spectrum of federal resources to bear on the violence plaguing our local communities,” stated United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. “As we begin the new school year, state and federal law enforcement working cooperatively, and guided by strategic crime statistics demonstrating where the need is greatest, will continue their efforts to remove dangerous drug traffickers from the street. Law abiding citizens in every neighborhood should be able to live without fear or exposure to drug activity and the violence that so often accompanies it.”
“The ATF will continue to aggressively partner with its federal, state and local law enforcement partners to remove dangerous felons from the streets and improve the quality of life for every citizen of Boston,” stated ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Guy N. Thomas. “This investigation is an example of what cooperative law enforcement can accomplish when agencies pull together to accomplish a common goal and send a message that violent crime and drug trafficking will not be tolerated.”
Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis stated, “This latest development demonstrates our ongoing and collaborative commitment to Warren Gardens and other areas of the city effected by illegal drug trade. Our goal is to provide peace and safety to the many residents in this community who deserve a healthy and safe environment to live and work.”
“Drug trafficking and violent crime go hand in hand,” District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “The evidence is in the drug-related homicides, shootings, and robberies that too often target innocent families. By targeting distribution networks such as these, local, state and federal partners are working to make Boston and the Commonwealth safer for everyone who lives and works here.”
Charged in federal indictments with distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school or playground are:
1. James Boyd of Dorchester
2. James Jones of Dorchester
3. Deondre Snow of Dorchester
4. Byron Dudley of Roxbury
5. Tyson Jenkins of Dorchester
Charged in a federal criminal complaint with distributing cocaine is:
6. Luis Otero of Dorchester
Upon conviction, the federal defendants each face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years. If convicted of distribution of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school or playground, the defendants each face up to 40 years in prison.
The Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office today announced the return of criminal complaints charging the following individuals with Distribution of a Class A or B substance and Distribution of a Controlled Substance in a School Zone:
7. Michael Negron of Dorchester
Charged in additional state criminal complaints alleging distribution of a counterfeit substance are:
11. Shaheed Flowers of Dorchester
12. Randy Ogie of Dorchester
U.S. Attorney Ortiz; District Attorney Conley; SAC Thomas; and Commissioner Davis made the announcement today. The federal cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Sullivan’s Organized Crime Strike Force/Gang Unit. The state cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys in Conley’s Gang and Narcotics Units.
The details contained in the indictments and complaints are allegations. The defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.