5 arrested for alleged involvement in Greenfield-based drug ring

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Five individuals involved in importing large quantities of oxycodone from China to Franklin County for sale were indicted by a grand jury, the Northwestern District Attorney’s office says. Spokesperson of the DA’s office Mary Carey told 22News in a news release that 47-year-old Yvette Judd (photo not available) and 50-year-old William Judd, Jennifer Benoit, 49, Sheri Williams, 47, and 53-year-old Michael Williams are all facing charges including trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone, money laundering and conspiracy to violate drug laws. 

The DA’s office said Yvette and William Judd organized and controlled the organization from their homes on Washington Street in Greenfield and New Jerusalem Road in Vernon, Florida. The two allegedly ordered pills from China and had them delivered to individuals and locations used by the organization to facilitate pick up of the pills by others working for them.

The DA’s office said Yvette and William Judd would notify drug traffickers in the Franklin County region to pick up the packages containing the pills at particular locations.

Benoit who is Yvette Judd’s sister is said to have received multiple packages on behalf of the organization and served as a safe house for the packages at Bullock Road in Richmond, New Hampshire. The DA’s office said Benoit laundered large sums of cash as well.

Sherri and Michael Williams both worked as regional drug traffickers for the organization, distributing thousands of pills from their home on Leyden Road in Greenfield, the DA’s office says.

All five distributed as much as a half a kilogram of oxycodone per week for the past two years.

The following indictments were issued by the Franklin County Grand Jury in this case:Sherri Williams, indicted on September 29, 2017 for:

  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 200 grams
  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 36 grams
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws

Sherri Williams indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 200 grams
  • Money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws
  • 2 counts of intimidation of a witness

Michael Williams, indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 200 grams
  • Money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws
  • 2 counts of intimidation of a witness

Yvette Judd (photo not available), indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  • 5 counts of trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 200 grams
  • 1 count of trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 100 grams
  • Money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws

William Judd, indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  • 5 counts of trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 200 grams
  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 100 grams
  • Money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws

Jennifer Benoit, indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  • Trafficking in a derivative of opium to wit oxycodone in excess of 100 grams
  • Money laundering
  • Conspiracy to violate the drug laws

The DA’s office says Yvette Judd (photo not available) is in custody in Florida and will be brought before a Massachusetts court at a later date, while Sherri Williams is being held on a $60,000 bail and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on January 11. William Judd was arranged and held on $500,000 cash bail, he is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on January 22.Michael Williams was released on $5,000 bail and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on January 10. Benoit is being held in New Hampshire and will appear for arraignment in Massachusetts at a later date.

The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force teamed up with Massachusetts State Police STOP Team, the Digital Evidence Management Unit, Greenfield Police Department and law enforcement from New Hampshire and Florida to make the arrests.

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