A 21-year-old Malden man pleaded guilty to firearm and drug charges Friday in connection with the Malden-based drug ring known as the “Maplewood Organization,” according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Brendan Joyner pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to the following charges: possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number, improper storage of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of a Class B controlled substance (oxycodone).
Judge Kimberly Budd sentenced Joyner to 2.5 years in prison. He’ll serve six months behind bars, and the rest of his sentence will be suspended for three years, according to the DA’s office.
“As part of this coordinated investigation, police obtained a search warrant to search this defendant’s home and discovered an illegally modified, large-caliber weapon, a .44 Magnum Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver with a defaced serial number, as well as live ammunition and illegal narcotics in this defendant’s bedroom,” Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a statement.
“We will continue to aggressively prosecute criminals that possess illegal firearms, to ensure the safety of the residents of Malden and the other communities of Middlesex County,” she added.
According to authorities, the “Maplewood Organization” trafficked more than 400 pounds of marijuana from Northern California to Malden.
Joyner was one of 11 suspects arrested in connection with the organization after an investigation that began in October 2012.
Two other men, 35-year-old Herschel Senor of Medford and 21-year-old Joshua Joyner of Malden, have also pleaded guilty to drug charges.
Six more Malden men and one Northern California man have been indicted on a variety of firearm and drug charges and their cases are pending.