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Police arrest 9 men in Boston on charge of drug trafficking
Nine persons were arrested in Greater Boston recently on the suspicion of carrying out illegal operations linked with drugs and firearms. The suspects were allegedly involved in seven distinct cases pertaining to drug trafficking and possession of illegal firearms, said Attorney General Maura Healey.
The arrests made in August 2016 were a result of a 2015 investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The convicts were found to be associated with the 18th Street Gang and the East Side Money and were reportedly involved in illegal transportation of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, and firearms via East Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Jamaica Plain.
The arrests were made as part of a bigger sweep that took place in June 2016 in which almost 66 gang members were convicted under state and federal charges. It is alleged that the gang members were involved in supplying guns and drugs across a number of cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. Over 70 firearms were seized during the probe.
In response to the prompt action by the ATF, Healey said, “Our office is focused on combatting gun violence and the opioid epidemic at all levels and will continue to work with our partners to disrupt these criminal networks.”
Suspects Wilmer Reyes (23) of Chelsea and Anilber Marquez (21) of East Boston were responsible for trafficking more than 10 grams of fentanyl. Suspect Miguel Lorenzo (26) of East Boston was involved in trafficking more than 18 grams of heroin. Some other suspects were arrested for carrying ammunition and firearms.
Dramatic rise in drug trafficking cases
According to reports, Americans were introduced to drugs, like heroin, cocaine and morphine, for the first time in the 19th century. This gradually turned into abuse and then an addiction problem. Soon after this outbreak, there was a massive drive in the country to curtail the use, transportation and distribution of illegal drugs across the country. But unfortunately, in spite of taking rigorous steps, such as imposing strict penalties, increasing crackdown on trafficking and spreading the word against the menace of drug abuse through ad campaigns, etc., drug abuse is still rampant in the country.
Since violence is the intrinsic trait of drug trafficking business all over the world, it is important to understand the gravity of the situation and find ways to address the problem by enacting stringent resolutions and legislations.
Taking step forward
Amid rising drug trade in America, there is a sense of urgency from all quarters to deal with the serious situation. Since the stability of uprising drug trafficking case is of critical importance for the U.S., the need of the hour is to devise ways to curb the potential harm caused by various criminal groups operating within or outside the country.
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