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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Malden Man Pleads Guilty to Cocaine and Firearms Offenses

Defendant sold narcotics to an undercover officer while on state pretrial release

BOSTON – A Malden man pleaded guilty yesterday to operating a drug trafficking enterprise in which he sold fentanyl, cocaine and cocaine base to an undercover officer on multiple occasions.

Dhamari Jordan, a/k/a/ “DMO,” a/k/a “DMO Crashout,” 20, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13, 2021. Jordan was arrested and charged on Feb. 25, 2021.

Jordan and other members of his conspiracy were captured on recording selling fentanyl, cocaine and cocaine base to an undercover officer on three occasions in January 2021. During these sales, Jordan was on pretrial release for a pending firearms case in Cambridge District Court from June 2019. A loaded 9mm firearm was recovered in Jordan’s residence at the time of his arrest. During today’s hearing, Jordan also admitted to his participation in a series of shootings targeting rival gang members in November 2019 in Somerville. 

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess a controlled substance with intent to distribute provides for a sentence of up 40 years in prison, at least five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million. Based upon the weight of suspected narcotics involved in the conspiracy, the statute provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison. The charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy provides for a sentence of at least five years and up to life in prison to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed for the drug trafficking crime, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. The charge of conspiring to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking conspiracy provides for a sentence of up to life in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. 

Acting United States Attorney Nathaniel R. Mendell; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; James Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Assistance was provided by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, Boston Police Department and Malden Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Philip A. Mallard and Sarah Hoefle of Mendell’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit are prosecuting the case.

The operation was conducted by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. More information on the OCDETF program is available here: https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf/about-ocdetf.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated August 11, 2021