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9 indicted in alleged cocaine ring based in Framingham

A Middlesex County grand jury has indicted nine people for allegedly running a cocaine trafficking business out of Framingham, authorities said.

The defendants, all Massachusetts residents, are to be arraigned July 2 in Woburn Superior Court, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said today in a statement.

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The investigation, which launched in April and involved state, local, and federal agents, “exposed major drug traffickers, and has taken a huge volume of illegal drugs and dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals,” Ryan said.

Natick, Framingham, and State Police applied for wiretap warrants for the suspects after receiving information regarding a Framingham-based crack cocaine operation. Information gathered from monitoring the suspects’ telephone calls helped police identify the alleged organization’s members and cocaine suppliers, officials said.

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More than a dozen search warrants were executed May 1 at alleged drug locations in various towns, including Dorchester, Roxbury, Allston, Worcester, and Framingham, authorities said. The warrants resulted in the alleged seizure of more than 1,400 grams of cocaine, four illegal firearms, over 100 rounds of ammunition, and thousands of dollars in cash.

Arrested were Framingham residents Robert Hairston, 33, Calvin Hodge, 31, Christine Williams, 23, and Stephanie Reesor, 34. Also arrested were Chenial Garcia, 34, of Worcester, Norma Hairston, 50, of Marlborough, and Boston residents Nasean Johnson, 30, Carl Jones, 32, and Mark Perkins, 35.

All the defendants, excluding Jones, are facing multiple charges that include conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Jones faces a single charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

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“We will continue to do what we can to help people in the throes of drug addiction to regain control of their lives, but we will not tolerate criminal drug traffickers who attempt to profit from the misery of others,” Ryan said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at catalina.gaitan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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