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Authorities say drug traffickers mailed $1m in marijuana to Malden

Posted by Marcia Dick  March 28, 2013 03:56 PM

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Seven people were arrested in a six-month police investigation into a cross-country drug trafficking operation in which $1 million in marijuana was shipped through the mail from California to Malden, authorities announced today.

Six guns, thousands of dollars in cash, and seven pounds of marijuana were seized this morning in a series of raids at Malden homes connected to a criminal organization known as the “Maplewood Crew,” Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a news conference this afternoon.

The investigation began when the US Postal Service intercepted packages containing marijuana bound for various addresses in Malden.

The defendants were arraigned Thursday before Judge Matthew Machera in Malden District Court:

•Dat Tran, 23, of Malden was charged with possession of ammunition as an Armed Career Criminal, drug trafficking over 100 pounds of marijuana, and conspiracy to traffic over 100 pounds of marijuana. Tran was held on $100,000 cash bail.

•Reginald Miller, 20, of Malden was arrested Saturday on charges of breaking and entering daytime for a felony and will face additional charges of being an Armed Career Criminal, trafficking marijuana over 100 pounds, conspiracy to traffic over 100 pounds of marijuana, possession of a large capacity weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of ammunition, and wanton destruction of property.  Miller was held without bail on the breaking and entering charges.

•Daniel Knight, 23, of Malden was charged with possession of a firearm as an Armed Career Criminal, possession of ammunition, possession with intent to distribute a class B drug (oxycodone) subsequent offense, and possession of a firearm for a felony.  He was held on $100,000 cash bail.

•Terrell Rollin-Sutton, 20, of Malden was charged with possession of a large capacity weapon, possession a large capacity magazine, breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, conspiracy for breaking and entering, and wanton destruction of property. He was held on $50,000 cash bail.

•Joshua Joyner, 21, of Malden was charged with trafficking marijuana over 100 pounds and conspiracy to traffic marijuana over 100 pounds. He was held on $25,000 cash bail.

•Brendan Joyner, 20, of Malden was charged with possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, possession of ammunition, and possession of a class B drug. He was held on $20,000 cash bail.

•Deandre West, 21, of Malden was charged with breaking and entering daytime for a felony, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, and wanton destruction of property.  He was held on $5,000 cash bail.

 

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