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11 members of Malden's 'Maplewood Organization' indicted

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 24, 2013 10:05 AM

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The core members of an alleged large-scale drug trafficking organization based in Malden have been indicted, prosecutors announced Monday.

Eleven members of a group referred to by authorities as "the Maplewood Organization," face charges stemming from an investigation that revealed they arranged to have shipments totaling over 400 pounds of marijuana sent from California to Malden in February and March, according to the Middlesex district attorney's office.

Seven of the men were arrested in March. Four more now face charges, including a California man who allegedly helped arrange shipments of marijuana to Malden.

Raids of homes in Malden and Lynn in March found six unregistered handguns, and packages of marijuana and other drugs including cocaine, ecstasy, and angel dust, Middlesex DA Marian Ryan said in a statement.

Dat Tran, 23, of Malden, who has been described by prosecutors as the organization's leader, was indicted by a Grand Jury on charges of possession of ammunition as an armed career criminal; trafficking over 100 pounds of marijuana; conspiracy to traffic over 100 pounds of marijuana; money laundering; and conspiracy to launder money. In an initial arraignment in March, bail was set at $100,000 for Tran. Other alleged members of the organization had bail set between $5,000 and $100,000.

Some of the men have been on the radar of local police since they were as young as 10, when they used to light small fires around the Maplewood neighborhood, Malden Police previously said.

Along with Tran, the following individuals also were indicted: 

  • Reginald Miller, 20, of Malden is charged with possession of a large capacity weapon during the commission of a felony; possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number during the commission of a felony; possession of a large capacity feeding device; improper storage of a large capacity weapon; trafficking in marijuana over 100 pounds; possession of a firearm as an armed career criminal; six counts of possession of ammunition as an armed career criminal; breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony; attempt to commit a crime; and conspiracy to traffic in marijuana over 100 pounds
  •  Daniel Knight, 23, of Malden is charged with possession of ammunition as an armed career criminal; possession with intent to distribute a class B substance; and receiving stolen property with a value over $250. 
  • Terrell Rollin-Sutton, 20, of Malden is charged with possession of a large capacity weapon; possession of a large capacity magazine; possession of ammunition; breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony; attempt to commit a crime; and possession with intent to distribute a class D substance. 
  • Joshua Joyner, 21, of Malden is charged with trafficking marijuana over 100 pounds and conspiracy to traffic marijuana over 100 pounds. 
  • Brendan Joyner, 20, of Malden is charged with possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number; improper storage of a firearm; possession of ammunition; and possession of a class B substance. 
  • Deandre West, 21, of Malden is charged with breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony; conspiracy to commit breaking and entering; and wanton destruction of property. 
  • Andy Huynh, 29, of Union City, Calif., is charged with trafficking in marijuana over 100 pounds; conspiracy to traffic marijuana over 100 pounds; and conspiracy to commit money laundering. 
  • Herschel Senor, 35, of Medford, is charged with possession with intent to distribute a Class B drug and a drug violation in a school zone.
  • James Randall, 23, of Malden was charged with conspiracy to distribute a Class B drug (cocaine); conspiracy to distribute marijuana; and solicitation to commit a felony.
  • Kendrick Leon, 21, of Malden, is charged with conspiracy to traffic marijuana over 100 pounds.
They are scheduled to be arraigned later on Monday in Middlesex Country Superior Court in Woburn, except for Randall, who was arraigned June 21 and had his bail revoked on previous pending charges, and Huynh, who needs to be extradited from California.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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