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Malden man in drug trafficking ring sentenced

A Malden man was sentenced to 2½ years in jail on Friday for his part in a marijuana trafficking ring, a spokeswoman for the Middlesex district attorney said in a statement.

Brendan Joyner, 21, was one of 11 people arrested in 2013 for moving 400 pounds of marijuana from California to Massachusetts. He is the third member of the group, which the district attorney’s office called the “Maplewood Organization,” to plead guilty.

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Joyner pleaded guilty to possession of a Class B substance, oxycodone; possession of a firearm, a .44 Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver, with a defaced serial number; improper storage of a firearm; and, unlawful possession of ammunition.

After his release, Joyner will have to submit to random drug testing and will not be allowed to own firearms, according to the district attorney’s office.

The investigation began in October 2012 when postal inspectors found marijuana in packages headed for addresses in Malden. Seven Massachusetts residents were arrested in March, and three more later in the year. A man from Union City, Calif., was also arrested in the case.

In October, Joyner’s brother, 21-year-old Joshua Joyner of Malden, was sentenced to two years in jail and three years on probation for distribution of a Class D substance and conspiracy to traffick more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

Herschel Senor, 35, of Medford, was sentenced in November to 2½ years in jail for possession of phencyclidine, also known as PCP, with intent to distribute.

Eight more people are awaiting trial, according to the district attorney’s office.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at
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