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Malden police officer charged in drug bust

A Malden police department detective was one of four men arrested late Thursday on drug dealing charges.

Malden Police Officer David Jordan, 43, of Stoneham was arrested and charged with being in possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to a federal complaint.

The three other men arrested were identifed as:

Jon Minotti, 37, of Stoneham; Anthony Bucci, 41, of North Reading; and Francis Muolo, 39, of Stoneham.

All were charged with conspiracy to possess more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to a statement issued this morning by US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and Mark R. Trouville, special agent in charge of the US Drug Enforcement Administration in New England.

The statement said `` an affidavit filed in support of the complaint alleges that on December 24, 2003, Minotti, Bucci, Muolo, and Jordan conspired to steal three kilograms of cocaine from a scheduled drug deal. It is alleged that Minotti made arrangements 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.''

The statement continued `` 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.''

The affidavit also said `` at the time, DEA agents were involved in a drug investigation and had a wiretap on the drug supplier's telephone. As part of the separate investigation, the DEA agents were surveilling the supplier and observed the incident.''

Shortly after, the DEA began an investigation of Jordan and his associates. The complaint also alleges 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 law enforcement about his involvement in the events that transpired in the Malden Medical Center parking lot on December 24, 2003.''

The defendants are expected to appear this afternoon before US Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander in Boston. If convicted, officials said, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum of five years' imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years' imprisonment, to be followed by four years of supervised release, and a $2 million fine.

The case was investigated by the US 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 US Attorney John J. Farley in Sullivan's Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

Officials said the investigation is still continuing. 

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