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24 arrested in connection with Boston drug investigation

June 25, 2020 GMT

BOSTON (AP) — Two dozen members and associates of Boston street gangs are facing charges in connection with a nearly two-year investigation into drug trafficking at a city public housing project, federal prosecutors say.

Federal and state law enforcement executed 17 search warrants in various city neighborhoods and suburbs on Wednesday and seized about 30 firearms, a half kilogram of cocaine and $350,000 in cash, according to a statement Wednesday from the U.S. attorney’s office.

Operation Snowfall started in November 2018 as an investigation into drug trafficking at the housing complex in the city’s Brighton neighborhood.

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Authorities allege the gangs had control over several apartments, where they stored, cooked, packaged and sold drugs.

The second part of the investigation targeted drug suppliers and their associates who continued to distribute cocaine throughout the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.

Over the course of the investigation, agents purchased and seized approximately 1.7 kilograms of cocaine and about 27 pounds (12 kilograms) of marijuana.

“This operation will greatly improve quality of life for our neighborhoods and protect the health and safety of those affected by drug addiction,” Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said in a statement.

All 24 defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.

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