May 31, 2017

DEA-led bust corrals ‘one of largest fentanyl trafficking’ rings in Mass. history

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Katie Lannan / State House News Service

Fentanyl and guns seized in a sweep of an alleged drug trafficking operation based in Lawrence.

BOSTON — Thirty people were arrested Tuesday on gun, drug and immigration charges in a sweep that brought down a Lawrence-based network that Acting U.S Attorney William Weinreb described as “one of the largest fentanyl trafficking organizations ever seen in Massachusetts.”

Approximately 250 law enforcement officers were involved in the sweep, seizing several guns and two kilograms of suspected fentanyl in the culmination of a year-long trafficking investigation dubbed “Operation Bad Company,” Weinreb said in a press conference at his office at the Moakley Federal Courthouse.

“Those arrested … need to be held accountable for their actions because they have chosen to distribute this poison and profit from the misery that they spread,” Michael Ferguson, special agent in charge of the New England division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said. He cited state Department of Public Health statistics showing 2,069 opioid-related deaths in 2016, 69 percent of which had a positive toxicology result for fentanyl.

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