For Immediate Release - May 18, 2010

Boston Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Selling Cocaine

BOSTON - A Boston man has been sentenced to serve time in State Prison after pleading guilty to selling drugs to an undercover state trooper. Israel Suarez, age 42, of Mattapan, pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court yesterday to charges of Distribution of Cocaine, Trafficking in over 28 grams of Cocaine, Trafficking in over 14 grams of Cocaine, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine. After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge John Cratsley sentenced Suarez to serve five years in State Prison, followed by three years of probation.

"After years on the run, Suarez was arrested last year and brought to justice, resulting in a successful prosecution that ended with yesterday's plea which will send him to State Prison for many years," AG Coakley said.

On August 2, 2006, co-defendant Ricardo Rodriguez, age 35, of Charlestown, pled guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to the charges of Distribution of Cocaine, Trafficking in over 28 grams of Cocaine, Trafficking in over 14 grams of Cocaine, Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine, and Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine. Rodriguez was sentenced to serve four to five years in State Prison. He was also ordered to serve three years of probation after the completion of his prison sentence.

In July 2005, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office began an investigation into the drug distribution activities of Suarez and Rodriguez in the Revere area. On several dates between July 2005 and October 2005 undercover state troopers conducted drug transactions with Suarez and Rodriguez, which resulted in the purchases of 28 grams and 14 grams of cocaine, respectively. In November 2005, Suarez and Rodriguez were arrested by Massachusetts State Police during a motor vehicle traffic stop in Roxbury. Both men were arraigned in Roxbury District Court the next day where they pled not guilty.

On December 1, 2005, a Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Rodriguez and Suarez. Both men were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on December 14, 2005, and subsequently released on $15,000 bail. On August 2, 2006, Rodriguez pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced. After his Superior Court arraignment, Suarez failed to show up for his court appearances and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was arrested by Massachusetts State Police on July 23, 2009 and was held on $250,000 bail. Yesterday, Suarez pled guilty to all charges and was sentenced.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Jennifer Adreani of Attorney General Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. It was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office.

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