24 alleged Boston-area gang members, associates arrested on cocaine charges

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Twenty-four alleged members and associates of Boston-based avenue gangs had been charged in Boston federal courtroom Wednesday in connection to allegations of trafficking cocaine out of a Brighton housing growth and working a large-scale drug trafficking group.

During an 18-month-long investigation, dubbed “Operation Snowfall,” authorities bought and seized about 1.7 kilograms of cocaine and cocaine base, roughly 27 kilos of marijuana, practically $200,000 in money, over 200 rounds of ammunition, and 11 firearms, in accordance with a release from Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

“This collaborative operation was intended to target the individuals driving the distribution of illegal drugs and taking advantage of a vulnerable community,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross stated in a press release. “This operation will greatly improve quality of life for our neighborhoods and protect the health and safety of those affected by drug addiction.”

Authorities additionally stated they carried out 17 search warrants Wednesday in Brighton, Dorchester, Roxbury, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Randolph, Holbrook, and Braintree main investigators to grab about 30 further weapons, a half kilo of cocaine, and $350,000.

Federal and native authorities broke their investigation into two elements, in accordance with courtroom paperwork, beginning by focusing on the Commonwealth Development in Brighton, previously often called Fidelis Way, a multi-apartment public housing growth.

The defendants allegedly took management over a number of Fidelis Way flats the place they saved, cooked, packaged, and offered medicine.

During the second half of the investigation, authorities stated they focused large-scale drug suppliers and their associates, together with alleged Boston avenue gang members.

According to courtroom paperwork, officers imagine the defendants continued distributing medicine all through the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown with one defendant, Eric Davis, allegedly touring to California in April to acquire kilograms of cocaine.

“During these times of significant societal upheaval and uncertainty, it is critical that we work together to ensure the safety and health of our neighborhoods,” Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins stated in a press release.

She added how Operation Snowfall stands for instance of collaboration and “a clear message that we have not and will not rest until all our communities are safe and free from this criminal and dangerous conduct.”

The 24 defendants had been charged with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.