For Immediate Release - June 13, 2013

Malden Man Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to Eight to Ten Years in Prison for Methamphetamine, Ammunition Charges

WOBURN – A Malden man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to eight to ten years in state prison for methamphetamine and ammunition charges, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.

Victor Cao, age 45, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Middlesex Superior Court to Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine (2 counts), Possession of Ammunition as an Armed Career Criminal, and Operation of a Motor Vehicle after Suspension or Revocation of License. After the plea was entered, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jane Haggerty sentenced Cao to eight to ten years in state prison, with five years of probation to serve upon his release. Judge Haggerty also ordered that Cao undergo drug treatment.

“This defendant distributed methamphetamine, a highly addictive and dangerous drug,” AG Coakley said. “This result ensures that the defendant is taken off our streets and serves time in prison.”

These charges stem from a joint investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office and the AG’s Office beginning in 2008 into a criminal enterprise responsible for distributing narcotics in Boston. Subsequent investigation revealed that Cao was a large-scale methamphetamine dealer in the Malden area.

Cao was arrested in September 2010 by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. He was indicted and arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in November 2010. Cao pleaded guilty on Tuesday and was sentenced.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Marina Moriarty of the AG’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division with assistance from Paralegal Lindsay Bonda and Victim Witness Advocate Ashley Cinelli. It was investigated by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office and AG Coakley’s Computer Forensics Lab, with assistance from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Malden Police Department. 


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