Members of alleged Franklin County drug ring face charges

Date: 
12.11.2017

Alleged members of Franklin County drug distribution ring face charges

For immediate release: Dec. 11, 2017

The Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force, working with Massachusetts State Police STOP Team, and the Digital Evidence Management Unit, the Greenfield Police Department, and law enforcement from the states of New Hampshire and Florida, made arrests involving multiple parties (listed below with bail and court date information) allegedly  involved in the trafficking in oxycodone throughout Franklin County.

Indictments handed down from the Franklin County Grand Jury against five people target an organization that was importing large quantities of oxycodone from China destined for sale and use here in Franklin County.  Those involved in this oxycodone trafficking organization are alleged to have distributed as much as a half a kilogram of oxycodone per week for the past two years.  The operation involved the importation of international packages of oxycodone pills from China to safe houses within Massachusetts and New Hampshire, which were then accessed by regional drug traffickers responsible for selling that oxycodone throughout Franklin County.

The indictments allege that Yvette Judd, 47, and William Judd, 50, organized and controlled the organization from their homes located at 55 Washington Street in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and 3800 New Jerusalem Road in Vernon, Florida. Yvette and William 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. Yvette or William would notify drug traffickers in this region to pick up the packages containing the pills at particular locations.

Jennifer Benoit, 49, who is Yvette Judd’s sister, is alleged to have received multiple packages on behalf of the organization and served as a safe house for those packages at 5 Bullock Road, Richmond, New Hampshire. Benoit is also alleged to have laundered large sums of cash on behalf of the organization.

The drug traffickers working for Yvette and William were responsible for selling the pills and paying either Yvette and/or William directly, depositing the proceeds of the oxycodone sales in particular bank accounts controlled by Yvette and William, or by utilizing money laundering techniques to send money to China directly as directed by Yvette and William. Sherri Williams, 47, and Michael Williams, 53, are alleged to have worked as regional drug traffickers for this organization distributing thousands of pills from their home located at 624 Leyden Road, Greenfield, Massachusetts

“The goal of this investigation was to disrupt and dismantle this alleged drug trafficking organization from top to bottom. We are proud of the work of the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force, thankful to all of our law enforcement partners in Massachusetts, Florida, and New Hampshire, and eager to see this matter through in the courtroom. The Task Force continues to demonstrate an absolute commitment to ridding our community of illegal opioids that are devastating and poisoning our community,” said Chief Trial Counsel Jeremy Bucci of the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.​

The following indictments have been issued by the Franklin County Grand Jury in this case:

  1. Sherri Williams, 47, indicted on September 29, 2017 for:
  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  2. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 36 Grams
  3. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws
  1. Sherri Williams indicted on December 1, 2017, for:
  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  2. Money Laundering
  3. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws
  4. Intimidation of a Witness
  5. Intimidation of a Witness

Sherri Williams  is being held on a total of $60,000 bail and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Jan. 10.

  1. Michael Williams, 53,  indicted on December 1, 2017, for:
  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  2. Money Laundering
  3. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws
  4. Intimidation of a Witness
  5. Intimidation of a Witness

Michael Williams was released on $5,000 bail and is due back for a pretrial hearing on Jan 10.

  1. Yvette Judd, 47, indicted on December 1, 2017, for:
  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  2. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  3. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  4. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  5. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  6. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 100 Grams
  7. Money Laundering
  8. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws

Yvette Judd,  is in custody in Florida and will be brought before a Massachusetts court at a later date.

William Judd, 50, indicted on December 1, 2017, for:

  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  2. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  3. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  4. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  5. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 200 Grams
  6. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 100 Grams
  7. Money Laundering
  8. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws

William Judd was arraigned and held on $500,000 cash bail. He is due back for a pretrial hearing on Jan 22.  

  1. Jennifer Benoit, 49,  indicted on December 1, 2017, for:
  1. Trafficking in a Derivative of Opium to wit Oxycodone in Excess of 100 Grams
  2. Money Laundering
  3. Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws

Benoit is being held in New Hampshire and will appear for arraignment in Massachusetts at a later date.


Yvette Judd