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Massive drug bust in Boston leads to arrest of 66 people
Published On: 06-28-2016 in Category: addiction
A 14-month-long investigation involving 400 law enforcement officers led to the arrest of 66 suspected members of three gangs in and around Boston recently. The arrested were charged with smuggling of drugs and guns. An undisclosed amount of drugs, like heroin and cocaine, 70 firearms and about $100,000 cash were seized during the raids.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced in June 2016 that all the 66 accused from the Greater Boston area were facing federal and state firearm and drug charges. Apart from these, the suspects were also facing charges for attempted murder under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The RICO is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the U.S. and was implemented in 1970.
Suspects operating gun and drug racket across Massachusetts
The suspects were allegedly trying to build a gun and drug racket across many cities in eastern Massachusetts, including Boston. Initially, the authorities were prying on the 18th Street Gang in Boston but later started to focusing on other potential gang members of the East Side Money Gang and the Boylston Gang. The authorities stated that the gangs primarily operated in the areas of East Boston, Chelsea, Brockton, Malden, Revere, and Everett.
The court documents revealed that the 18th Street Gang has been active in the U.S. and Central America. The gang members are quite active in and around the Boston area and have substantial access to firearms in Boston and Chelsea. The police seized nearly 37 firearms from the gang in a period of one year.
Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter said, “The individuals arrested in Brockton are major players in the trafficking of heroin and cocaine. This makes three major raids in a period of less than 48 hours in the city and all are results of long-term investigations.”
Defendants charged in federal and state courts
According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, 53 defendants, of which three were previously arrested, faced charges in the federal court. Moreover, the other 13 faced charges in the state court of Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. “This is an incredible step forward to saving lives. The guns that were seized would have taken young people’s lives in the city of Boston and the Boston area,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
The investigation was led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and was supported by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security, State Police, local sheriffs and police departments.
Such raids are an indication of drug trafficking mafia getting dominant in the U.S. However, they also offer a ray hope that the guilty will not be spared and initiatives to curb the drug menace will be taken aggressively.
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