Dorchester Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison for Plotting to Shoot Rival Gang Member, Conspiring to Traffic Cocaine
Defendant Sentenced in Connection with Investigation into Street Gang, Major Drug Distribution Network
BOSTON – A Dorchester man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to five years in state prison in connection with plotting to shoot a rival gang member and conspiring to traffic cocaine, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Ricardo Greene, age 33, pleaded guilty on Monday in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of Conspiracy to Traffic in Cocaine over 100 grams, Conspiracy to Possess Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, and Conspiracy to Commit Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. After the plea was entered, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy sentenced Greene to five years to five years and a day in state prison, with one year of probation to serve upon his release.
“This defendant was part of a dangerous criminal enterprise that threatened the safety of our communities,” AG Coakley said. “The investigation used state-of-the-art investigative techniques to target a violent street gang and drug trafficking network and get those involved off our streets.”
This sentence 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. So far, the investigation has led to the conviction of twelve defendants, and nearly 50 years in prison sentences for members and associates of this gang.
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, including Ricardo Greene.
The investigation revealed that Greene conspired with several other individuals to distribute cocaine and marijuana in the Boston area. Greene also conspired with others in a plot to shoot a rival gang member.
A Suffolk County Grand Jury returned indictments against Greene in October 2009. Greene was arraigned on December 8, 2009. Greene pleaded guilty on Monday and was sentenced to state prison.
The case was handled 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 of the Victim Services Division. The case was investigated by the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Office of the Attorney General, the Special Investigations Unit of the Boston Police, and investigators from AG Coakley's Computer Forensics Lab, with assistance from various units of the Boston Police and State Police.