For Immediate Release - July 07, 2011

Two Men Indicted, One Arraigned in Connection with Possession of Methamphetamine

One of the Men Indicted is a Former Connecticut Police Officer

Boston - A former Plainfield, Connecticut police officer and a Jamaica Plain man have both been indicted in separate cases for allegedly possessing methamphetamine, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

"Meth is a highly dangerous drug that can now be found right here in our own backyard. We need tougher laws in the state that will prevent drug traffickers from bringing this substance into our neighborhoods," AG Coakley said

On June 30, 2011, Christopher Cadman, age 33, of Jamaica Plain, was indicted by a Suffolk County Special Grand Jury and Richard W. Thunberg Jr., also known as Richard Wallace, age 50, of North Grosvenor Dale, Connecticut, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury. Both men were indicted on charges related to possession of methamphetamine.

Today, Cadman was arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court where he pled not guilty and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Thunberg is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on July 14, 2011.

In March 2011, as part of a joint investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in the Boston area conducted by the AG's State Police Detective Unit, with assistance from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities received information that Cadman was selling methamphetamine and other narcotics from his residence in Jamaica Plain.

Cadman had previously been prosecuted by the AG's Office in 2007 for possession of methamphetamine.

During the course of the investigation, Cadman was placed under surveillance and authorities confirmed that Cadman was selling narcotics out of his residence. In May 2011, a search warrant was executed at Cadman's residence where several types of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, drug distribution paraphernalia and several thousands of dollars in cash were seized.

Cadman was placed under arrest at the scene and subsequently arraigned in West Roxbury District where he entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered held on $100,000 bail. Last week, a Suffolk County Special Grand Jury returned indictments against Cadman on the charges of Trafficking in Morphine, Trafficking in Oxycodone, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (subsequent offense), and Distribution of a Class B substance.

Cadman is due back in Suffolk Superior Court on August 16, 2011, for a pre-trial conference.

Thunberg is charged with Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. Thunberg was arrested on February 17, 2011, by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office after a motor vehicle stop in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was arraigned the next day in Concord District Court where he entered a plea of not guilty and was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail. A Statewide Grand Jury returned an indictment against Thunberg on June 30, 2011.

As part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Attorney General's Office received information that Thunberg had been receiving shipments of methamphetamine. In February 2011, Thunberg was placed under surveillance at a location where investigators discovered that he had allegedly purchased methamphetamine. Thunberg was subsequently stopped by Massachusetts State Police in Lexington, and during this traffic stop police discovered a quantity of methamphetamine in Thunberg's vehicle. Thunberg was placed under arrest and transported to the State Police barracks in Concord and held pending his arraignment the next day.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty , of AG Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. They were investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police Canine and Gang units, The Boston Police Department, United States Postal Inspection Service and the Connecticut State Police Statewide Narcotics Task Force East Field Office.