For Immediate Release - January 20, 2012

Dorchester Man Convicted, Sentenced to 12 to 15 Years in State Prison for Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine

Defendant Convicted in Connection with Investigation into Street Gang, Major Drug Distribution Network

BOSTON – A Dorchester man has been convicted and sentenced to 12 to 15 years in state prison for conspiring to sell cocaine in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.  

Yesterday, following a five day trial, a Suffolk Superior Court jury found defendant Alduha Jones, 39, of Dorchester, guilty of one count of Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine.  Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Locke sentenced the defendant to 12 to15 years in State Prison.  

“This conviction is the result of a long-term joint investigation that used state-of-the-art investigative techniques to target a violent street gang and drug trafficking network,” AG Coakley said.  “Our office will continue to work collaboratively with other agencies and use the tools at our disposal to ensure public safety and to get violent offenders off our streets.”

This conviction is the result of a targeted investigation focused on the operations of the Magnolia Steelers, a violent street gang in the city of Boston.  The investigation, Operation 1370, conducted jointly by the Attorney General’s Office, Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police, has resulted in the arrest, indictment and conviction of multiple gang members, drug traffickers and their associates on charges relating to narcotics trafficking, unlawful firearms possession, and violent assaults.  In October 2009, AG Coakley announced the indictments of 15 individuals in connection with this widespread drug distribution network.  Two additional individuals were indicted subsequent to the October 2009 announcement.  Many of these cases are still being prosecuted.

In August 2008, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and the Boston Police Department began a joint investigation into gang activity in the City of Boston.  Utilizing state-of-the art investigative techniques, investigators and prosecutors developed evidence against individuals associated with the Magnolia Steelers.

The investigation identified Jones as a large-volume cocaine trafficker who collaborated with several other individuals to distribute cocaine in the Boston area.  The evidence developed showed that the defendant was a full-time professional cocaine dealer who had significant assets hidden in his home and in a bank deposit box.

A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Jones on October 5, 2009.  Jones was arraigned on October 7, 2009, at which time he pleaded not guilty and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail.  Jones was convicted yesterday after five hours of deliberations and sentenced to state prison.    

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Patrick Hanley and Marina Moriarty of Attorney General Coakley’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, with assistance from paralegal Lindsay Bonda also from the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and Nikki Antonucci and Ashley Cinelli of the Victim Services Division.  The case was investigated by the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Office of the Attorney General and the Special Investigations Unit of the Boston Police, with assistance from various units of the Boston Police, State Police and Revere Police.

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