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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 19, 2018

Randolph Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

BOSTON – A Randolph man who supplied narcotics to members of the Boston street gang Columbia Point Dawgs (CPD) was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Boston for drug trafficking.  

 

Michael Coke, a/k/a “Dirty Mike,” of Randolph, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Mark L. Wolf to 30 months in prison and four years of supervised release.  In June 2017, Coke pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine base and cocaine.

 

The defendant and 53 other members and associates of CPD were arrested and indicted in June 2015 on racketeering, drug trafficking, and firearms charges.

 

Michael Coke and his brother, David Coke, were long-time associates of CPD and ran a violent robbery and drug trafficking crew out of David Coke’s auto-body shop in Stoughton and Michael Coke’s storage facility in Randolph. The Coke brothers were supplied with heroin and cocaine by co-defendant Francisco Arias and were supplied kilograms of cocaine by co-defendant Larry Bailey, who used his two Boston businesses – Finest Cuts barbershop on Blue Hill Avenue and Bailey’s Laundromat on Harrison Avenue – to sell cocaine and cocaine base.

 

In January 2018, David Coke was sentenced to five years in prison and Francisco Arias was sentenced to 175 months in prison. Larry Bailey is scheduled to be sentenced in February 2018.

 

According to court documents, CPD, also known on the street as “the Point,” was Boston’s largest and most influential citywide gang.  The criminal organization started in the 1980s in the former Columbia Point Housing Development (now Harbor Point), and, over the years, gang members established drug trafficking crews throughout Boston.  It is alleged that CPD was responsible for the distribution of multiple kilogram quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and oxycodone throughout Boston and Maine. 

 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Michael J. Ferguson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, New England Field Division; Mickey D. Leadingham, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Boston Field Division; John Gibbons, U.S. Marshal for the District of Massachusetts; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins; Boston Police Commissioner William Evans; and Commissioner Thomas Turco of the Massachusetts Department of Correction, made the announcement. 

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated January 19, 2018