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Cops: Raid nets 16 alleged drug ring members, guns, pills, cash

March 22, 2017 GMT

An army of cops raiding more than a dozen Boston-area homes nabbed 16 suspected members of a Randolph-based drug ring yesterday as part of a six-month wiretap investigation into a group that authorities say was dealing heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and prescription opiates across three counties.

The pre-dawn sweep uncovered more than a kilo of cocaine, two kilos of a powder containing fentanyl, heroin, 10 guns and $250,000 in suspected drug proceeds, according to Norfolk County prosecutors. More than 200 officers from 23 law enforcement agencies — including the DEA and FBI — executed the search warrants.

Randolph police built a case against the drug network starting with a wiretap of a phone owned by 37-year-old Carl French, the alleged leader of the narcotics ring, prosecutors said in Quincy District Court yesterday as French and 13 others were arraigned on drug and firearm charges. Two others will be arraigned today.

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After the wiretap, prosecutors say French made phone calls and texts with about 20 people — as many as half of whom sold drugs for him.

Prosecutors said cops found 116 grams of pills suspected of containing fentanyl, hundreds of oxycodone pills and bags of ammunition at French’s home and investigators raiding the Brockton home of his brother, Alex French, found more than 400 suspected fentanyl pills, 522 oxycodone pills and more than $43,400 in cash.

Others arrested in the sweep include: Vincent Bonanno, 27; Octavio Nares, 38; Jeffrey Graham, 35; Felix Valdes Jr., 46; Shante Green, 31; James Laureus, 37; Romeo Andrade, 35; William Palmer, 42; Tyrone Thompson, 42; Hashanna Williams, 32; Jeffrey Joseph, 27; Reinaldo Moreno, 34; and Michael Berube, 33.

Carl French was held on $500,000 bail and Alex French was held on $100,000 bail.