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Officials have yanked the licenses of three Chelsea cab firms amid allegations of dealing drugs and stolen goods from their central office.
Square Cab Inc., Yellow Cab Inc. and Independent Taxi Inc., all of 183 Washington Ave., had their operation licenses suspended by the Chelsea Licensing Commission on Tuesday night.
"This is the happiest day of my life, to finally get rid of this cancer from our neighborhood," said city councilor and Crimewatch organizer Mike Mekonnen, who said the taxi office had marred his community with its suspicious activity.
Danielle Michaels, who is listed as president of all three taxi firms, did not return calls for comment yesterday.
Commission members were told by Chelsea police Chief Brian Kyes that the firms, which have been stripped of 14 taxi licenses, were using their premises to allegedly sell drugs and receive and sell stolen goods.
"It is the position of the Chelsea Police Department that incidents involving crimes such as those alluded to in this particular investigation, especially where the public's safety is at risk, are to be taken very seriously and investigated with due diligence," Kyes said in a statement.
In April, Richard Picardi Sr., a 76-year-old Revere man with a prosthetic leg, was busted for allegedly selling powerful narcotic painkillers to undercover cops from his desk at Square Cabs during a monthlong sting operation by Chelsea cops.
He is charged with six counts of distribution of a class B substance, one count of receiving stolen property and selling cigarettes without state tax stamps.
Picardi is due at Chelsea District Court tomorrow for a pretrial hearing.
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