A Woburn man will serve up to nine years in state prison for trafficking cocaine to various Greater Boston communities -- including Waltham -- in a large-scale drug ring that was run by a former Burlington cop, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said today.
William Najjar, 25, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court on Wednesday to charges of trafficking cocaine over 100 grams, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, four counts of distributing cocaine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of ammunition, said a statement from the Middlesex District Attorney.
Police arrested Najjar and several others in early 2010 after authorities wiretapped the drug rings' phone conversations for about three months, listening to its members organize drug deals and deliveries in Waltham, Woburn, Stoneham, and Burlington, according to the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
Police received a search warrant in February 2010 and seized nearly 200 grams of cocaine, 28 grams of heroin, three guns, tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and various cars while serving the warrant, the district attorney's office said.
Authorities said that former Burlington cop Kenneth Reynolds, 49, and his son, Michael, 30, had been leading the drug ring by both personally selling large amount of cocaine and heroin, as well as coordinating the other defendants to distribute on their behalf, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said. Authorities identified Najjar as the ring's primary cocaine supplier.
Both Reynolds' have pleaded guilty, as have other codefendants, the district attorney's office said.
"This decision today removes a serious drug offender from our streets," said Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan in the statement.
After his prison sentence, Najjar will face two years probation, Ryan's office said.
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