Eighteen individuals have been arrested on cocaine trafficking charges after a drug bust in Dorchester. Federal prosecutors identified Michael T. Williams as the alleged kingpin in papers filed with the U.S. District Court today. They allege that he has been buying kilos of powder cocaine and turning it into crack in a family-based drug ring that has been operating since the 1990s. They have moved to seize four homes in the Dorchester neighborhood, including three adjacent multi-family houses on Greenwood Street, which prosecutors allege to be at the heart of the operation. In addition to the Greenwood multi-families, they have moved to seize a house at 8 Peacevale Road, which they allege was used by one of Williams’ associates.
Federal, state and local police targeted Williams in July 2009 when an unidentified person came to Boston’s DEA office with information. A press conference will be held today at the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
This is the second major cocaine bust this week. On Monday night, 200 pounds of cocaine were seized and two men were arrested after federal, state and local police allegedly watched them unload cocaine in Revere.
These individuals will all need the help of criminal defense attorneys, and our experienced lawyers at Altman & Altman can provide the aggressive defense that cocaine trafficking charges require. Trafficking is the most serious of all drug crimes, and a federal cocaine trafficking charge carries a 5-year mandatory minimum and up to 40 years for a first offense. These investigations tend to be far-reaching, and even more individuals than the 18 who have been arrested may be under investigation. If you have been arrested, charged, or suspect that you are under investigation for drug trafficking or any other crime, call a defense lawyer.
Source: The Boston Globe, Long-term ‘family-run’ drug ring busted in Dorchester, officials say
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