For Immediate Release - June 26, 2009

Authorities Continue to Seek Public Assistance in Search for Major Drug Contributor Considered to be Armed and Dangerous

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BOSTON - Authorities are seeking the public's assistance in locating a Roxbury man who is a major drug distributor in the Greater Boston area and who has eluded police for the past four days. Christian Miranda, age 39, is considered to be armed and dangerous and faces charges of Trafficking in Cocaine over 100 grams, Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substances Act, and Illegal Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts).

An ongoing joint investigation conducted by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Boston Police Department developed information that Christian 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 location, Joselito Torres Vasquez, age 31, and Miguel Pena, age 32, whom authorities believe to be Miranda's drug suppliers. Later that evening, surveillance conducted by investigators located Miranda at a location in Dorchester. Miranda left the location with other individuals in a vehicle that was subsequently followed by police. Detectives attempted a motor vehicle stop on that car. At this point, the car fled from police and authorities made a motor vehicle pursuit. A short time later, the vehicle stopped and Miranda exited the vehicle and began to flee on foot. At this time, the driver of the vehicle began to follow an officer and attempted to run down the officer. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and the operator of the vehicle, Azell Martin, age 29, was arrested. 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.

Miranda is described as a light-skinned black male, approximately 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a stocky build. He is estimated to weight approximately 215 pounds. Authorities believe Miranda has family connections in North Carolina, specifically in the Rocky Mount area. Investigators also believe he may have connections in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Miranda has access to firearms and police believe he may be armed.

Anyone with information regarding Miranda's whereabouts can call the Boston Police Department's tip line anonymously at 1-800-494-TIPS or the Massachusetts State Police at 508-820-2121.

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Christian Miranda

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Christian Miranda, age 39


Christian Miranda

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Christian Miranda, age 39


Christian Miranda

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Christian Miranda, age 39

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Attorney General Coakley addresses the media, with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.

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Attorney General Coakley addresses the media, with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.











Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, pictured with Attorney General Coakley and State Police Sgt. Mary McCauley.

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Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, pictured with Attorney General Coakley and State Police Sgt. Mary McCauley.

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