Malden Detective and Two Others Charged with Participating in Cocaine Conspiracy
JUL 7 - A federal grand jury returned an indictment late yesterday charging a Detective with the Malden Police Department and two other men with conspiring to distribute approximately three kilograms of cocaine.
Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, announced that DAVID JORDAN, age 43, of 123 Spring Street in Stoneham, Massachusetts, ANTHONY BUCCI, age 41, of 6 Maple Road in North Reading, Massachusetts, and FRANCIS MUOLO, age 39, of 11 Marble Street in Stoneham, Massachusetts, were charged in an indictment with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute approximately three kilograms of cocaine; possession with intent to distribute approximately three kilograms of cocaine; and using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime. BUCCI is also charged separately with one count of possession of 91 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute. In addition, JORDAN is charged with witness tampering and three counts of making false statements to the DEA. The three defendants were arrested on May 20, 2004 by criminal Complaint in connection with this matter.
According to the indictment and documents filed previously with the Court, it is alleged that on December 24, 2003, BUCCI, MUOLO, and JORDAN conspired to steal three kilograms of cocaine from a scheduled drug deal. It is alleged that arrangements were made by an individual, Jon Minotti, for a supplier to bring three kilograms of cocaine to a meeting at the Malden Medical Center parking lot where BUCCI was to purchase the cocaine. It is alleged that shortly after the supplier arrived with the cocaine, JORDAN, a Detective with the Malden Police Department, arrived on the scene, blocking the supplier’s vehicle with his own. It is alleged that
JORDAN identified himself as a police officer and that Minotti fled into nearby woods with the three kilograms of cocaine It is alleged that JORDAN then allowed the supplier and BUCCI to leave the scene. It is alleged that, as had been previously arranged, MUOLO, who had been waiting in his car on the other side of the nearby woods, picked up Minotti after he had run through the woods with the cocaine.
At the time, DEA agents were involved in a separate drug investigation and had a wiretap on the drug supplier’s telephone. As part of that investigation, the DEA agents were surveilling the supplier and observed the incident. Shortly after, the DEA began an investigation of JORDAN and his associates. It is alleged that after JORDAN became aware that law enforcement agents were investigating the drug supplier from whom the cocaine had been stolen,
JORDAN spoke with DEA agents on several occasions attempting to find out the status of the investigation. It is also alleged that JORDAN made false statements to the Drug Enforcement Administration about his involvement in the events that transpired in the Malden Medical Center parking lot on December 24, 2003.
On June 22, 2004, JORDAN and MUOLO were released pending trial by U. S. Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander. BUCCI has been ordered to remain in federal custody.
If convicted, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 5 years’ imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years’ imprisonment on both the conspiracy to distribute three kilograms of cocaine count and the distribution of three kilograms of cocaine count. The using or carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime count carries a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison up to life for each defendant. If convicted of the possession of 91 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute charge, BUCCI also faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Lastly, JORDAN also faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on the witness tampering charge and 5 years in prison on each of the three false statement charges.
The investigation is continuing. The case is being investigated by the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Massachusetts State Police (including the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Narcotics Unit), with the assistance of the U. S. Marshals Service, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Stoneham, Everett, and Malden Police Departments. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U. S. Attorney John J. Farley in Sullivan’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.