For Immediate Release - November 19, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office Announces Indictment of Roxbury Man and His Girlfriend in Connection with Allegedly Trafficking Cocaine

QUINCY - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announces that a Norfolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against a Roxbury man and his girlfriend for allegedly trafficking and conspiring to sell cocaine in the Greater Boston area. Christian Miranda, age 39, and his girlfriend Samia French, age 30, of Boston, are both charged with Trafficking in Cocaine over 28 grams and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws. French was also indicted on the additional charge of Accessory After The Fact to Trafficking in Cocaine.

Today's indictments are 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. In June 2009, authorities received information that Miranda would be conducting a drug transaction at a particular location in Dorchester. Authorities followed Miranda from the scene and attempted to make a motor vehicle stop on Miranda. Miranda fled from the scene and authorities were unable to locate Miranda for three months. 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 and French at a residence in Quincy. Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence and seized an amount of cocaine believed to be over 28 grams, as well as additional drug paraphernalia and other items. Authorities believe that both French and Miranda were allegedly co-conspirators in an effort to sell cocaine in the Greater Boston area.

Both French and Miranda were arraigned in Quincy District Court on September 30, 2009, where they both entered pleas of not guilty. Miranda was ordered held on $100,000 bail, while French was held on $25,000 bail. On October 5, 2009, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Miranda and French. French was arraigned on October 27, 2009 in Suffolk Superior Court, where she pled not guilty and was ordered held on $25,000 bail. Miranda was arraigned on November 3, 2009, where he pled not guilty, and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail by Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson.

Today, Miranda and French were both indicted by a Norfolk County Grand Jury. Today's indictments relate specifically to the alleged illegal activities in Quincy. They will be arraigned in Norfolk Superior Court at a later date.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Patrick Hanley, of Attorney General Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and Senior Trial Counsel Eileen O'Brien of Attorney General Coakley's Criminal Bureau. The case was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department. Other law enforcement agencies provided assistance during the course of this investigation, including, the United States Marshals Service, United States Postal Inspection Service, United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, the Randolph Police Department and the MBTA Transit Police.

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