Several suspects arrested in Malden drug bust
MALDEN, Mass. (WHDH) -- Police arrested several people during a drug bust in Malden Thursday.
Seven suspects were arraigned and charged with operating a drug trafficking operation, possessing illegal firearms, including an assault weapon, and distributing marijuana with a street value of more than $1 million, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Malden Police said.
Police recovered six guns, including automatic weapons, ammunition, and 400 pounds of marijuana during the raid.
“We are here today to announce the takedown of a large-scale drug-trafficking operation. This was a cross-country drug-trafficking operation,” said Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
The men were arraigned in Malden District Court. Dat Tran, 23, was identified as the ring leader of the operation that sent marijuana from California to Malden. Most of the money was recovered from his home on West Street in Malden.
“This is a dangerous group of people who are operating in and around the City of Malden. I’m thankful to all the law enforcement officers who are standing with me today who helped take these people off the streets and make Malden a safer place,” D.A. Leone said.
The Malden’s mayor also expressed his gratitude.
“Thank you a thousand times. Our community has been held captive to gun violence during the past year. This also sends a powerful message that criminal activity will not be tolerated in our community,” said Mayor Gary Christenson, Malden.
Police also recovered bullet proof vests and tens of thousands of dollars in cash.
The suspects are being held on bails ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 each.