Feds arrested 50 suspects in Massachusetts drug sweep operation
October 7, 2018 | Brainwave Science
Federal agents arrested 50 individuals with various criminal backgrounds Thursday on federal drug, firearms, and immigration charges as part of an extensive crime sweep targeting impact players and repeat offenders in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
During the sweep, federal agents seized guns and approximately 10 kilos of fentanyl, enough to kill half the state of Massachusetts. The sweep was a part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which aims to reduce violent crime, and followed a string of federal investigations called Operation Law and Order.
According to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, “Lawrence is a clearinghouse for illicit drugs flowing into New Hampshire and Maine.” As per the last year report, approximately 2,000 people died of a drug overdose in Massachusetts and the top priority of law enforcement agencies is reducing the number of deaths attributed to overdoses.
The operation involved over 200 agents from various agencies such as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI, the FBI and U.S. Marshals Services targeted repeat offenders that had prior convictions for violence, drug trafficking, firearm offences or illegal immigrant, the attorney’s office reported. DEA and other agencies arrested thirty-five people on the drug, firearms and other violations while ICE arrested eleven more people who are undocumented immigrants, However, 23 individuals are still at-large.
America’s battle with drugs has become more problematic due to an increase in heroin and opioid’s quantity in the country. Last year over 72,000 people died because of these drug abuse especially synthetic opioid Fentanyl. According to Andrew Lelling, Lawrence, Mass. is a hotspot for illegal drugs owing to its location. The crime rate of Massachusetts is accelerating compared to other states in the United States. Chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 265.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling appreciated the sweep operation as he believes every gram of fentanyl or heroin that law enforcement agencies seized from the street will save people’s lives. As the operation is still active and federal agents are hopeful, they would arrest more criminals and arrested would be held accountable and prosecute accordingly. The major challenge for the federal agents is the inability to gain accurate intelligence such as accurate background, involvement in recent criminal activity, how they obtained such large quantity of fentanyl, the source of these drugs and weapons and how some immigrant illegally entered the country and other vital information that traditional biometric systems such as retina scan, fingerprints and interviews used during an investigation cannot produce beneficial results.
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