Martha Coakley on Drugs



Deport illegal aliens who are drug dealers

[Illegal immigrants should have a path to citizenship but] violent criminals and drug dealers should be deported, but the federal government "doesn't have either the detention centers or the ability to deport" every person in this country who is here illegally, she said. "As attorney general, I have gone after the companies that have exploited workers," and getting employers to pay fair wages helps American citizens compete in the marketplace as well, she said.
Source: Julia Spitz in MetroWest Daily News , Nov 25, 2009

Prosecuted marijuana case for growing 100 lbs hydroponically

A Sharon man was sentenced in Middlesex Superior Court to more than two years in jail in connection with his role in a large-scale marijuana distribution ring operating throughout the greater Boston area. Joshua Katz, age 25, was sentenced on the charge of Trafficking in Marijuana, Distribution of Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws.

From November 2004 through January 2005, the Massachusetts State Police, with the assistance of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division, conducted an investigation into a hydroponic marijuana importation and distribution organization operating within the greater Boston area. Throughout the investigation, police monitored numerous cell phone conversations and text messages on various mobile phones and discovered that Katz was importing large amounts of marijuana and distributing it to various locations throughout the state. The drugs seized in this investigation totaled over 100 pounds of hydroponic marijuana.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Jul 30, 2009

Prosecuted cocaine trafficking cases

A Lynn man pled guilty to cocaine trafficking charges and was sentenced to serve 10 years in State Prison. On November 1, 2007, Pedro Rojas sold approximately 147 grams of cocaine to an undercover State Trooper. A search warrant on Rojas' residence in Lynn resulted in the recovery of approximately $6,000 and over one kilogram of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. In total, the street value of the cocaine seized is approximately $75,000 to $100,000.

Rojas was arrested following a three month joint investigation conducted by the Attorney General's Office, the Lynn Police Department and State Police. During separate occasions, Rojas was observed trafficking cocaine in Lynn, Salem, and Revere.

This case was prosecuted under Attorney General Martha Coakley's Enterprise and Major Crimes Division. State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office and the Lynn Police Department assisted with this investigation.

Source: Press release on Attorney General website, www.mass.gov , Jun 22, 2009

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