For Immediate Release - November 04, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Arraignment of Roxbury Man Considered to be Major Drug Distributor in Greater Boston Area

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that a Roxbury man was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday for his alleged connection to a major drug distribution ring in the Greater Boston area. Christian Miranda, age 39, is charged as follows:
  • Trafficking in Cocaine over 100 grams
  • Conspiracy to Commit Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon (ABDW)
  • Attempt to Commit ABDW
  • Distribution of Marijuana
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana
  • Distribution of Cocaine
  • Possession of a Large Capacity Feeding Device
  • Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine over 200 grams
  • Trafficking in Cocaine over 100 grams
  • Illegal Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts)

Miranda and 15 other individuals were indicted last month as part of a joint Attorney General's Office and Boston Police investigation dubbed "Operation 1370, which targeted a violent street gang in the city of Boston known as the Magnolia Steelers

Miranda's was arrested as the result of an ongoing joint investigation conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department that developed information that Miranda was involved in distributing large amounts of cocaine in the Boston area. On June 22, 2009, authorities received information that Miranda would be conducting a drug transaction that day with an associate. Authorities went to the location where the transaction was to take place and observed Miranda and his associate. Detectives arrested two men a short distance from the locationand continued to conduct surveillance on Miranda at a location in Dorchester. Miranda left the location in a vehicle that was subsequently followed by police. Detectives attempted a motor vehicle stop on that car, and after a brief pursuit Miranda exited the vehicle and fled on foot.. After a lengthy foot pursuit authorities were unable to locate Miranda and the chase was suspended. In the course of the investigation, police recovered two firearms believed to belong to Miranda and seized over 100 grams of cocaine.

During the course of the investigation, authorities also discovered that Miranda was allegedly involved in a major drug distribution ring in the Greater Boston area, at times conspiring to traffic and distribute cocaine and marijuana, as well as conspiring between and among individuals to become involved in such crimes. During the execution of search warrants at locations where Miranda is alleged to have conducted his drug activities, investigators also found two loaded handguns. Throughout the course of the investigation authorities also gathered evidence that Miranda allegedly conspired to commit violent crimes against rival gang members using firearms.

During the course of the search for Miranda, authorities pursued his connections in North Carolina, specifically in the Rocky Mount area, as well as his connections in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

In late September 2009, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, Boston Police and the United States Marshal Service arrested Miranda in Quincy. He was arraigned in Quincy District Court later that day, where he pled not guilty and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. On October 5, 2009, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Miranda. Yesterday he was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court, where he pled not guilty, and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail by Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson. He is scheduled to next appear in Suffolk Superior Court on November 23, 2009, for a pre-trial conference.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, of Attorney General Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department.

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