Four Indicted in Connection with Major Oxycodone Distribution Network in Lynn
LYNN – Four men have been indicted in connection with allegedly running an organized criminal network that distributed large quantities of oxycodone in the Lynn area, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Hipolito Gratini of Lynn, age 26, Javier Bello of Lynn, age 20, Emmanuel Deleon of Lynn, age 23, and Xavier Rios of Peabody, age 22, were indicted by an Essex County Grand Jury today on the charges of:
- Distribution/Possession with Intent to Distribute a Class B Substance, Oxycodone (6 counts for Gratini, 2 counts for Bello, 1 count each for Deleon and Rios)
- Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act (1 count each)
- Possession of a Firearm without an FID card (2 counts each)
- Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony (1 count each)
Bello, Deleon and Rios were arrested in Lynn on Oct. 26. Gratini was arrested on Nov. 6 in Peabody. All four were arrested by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office with assistance from local authorities.
“We allege these defendants helped feed the epidemic of opioid abuse that is devastating our families and communities across the state,” said AG Healey. “Four out of five heroin users begin with prescription painkillers like oxycodone. Our office will continue to prosecute those who illegally distribute these drugs into our neighborhoods.”
The defendants will be arraigned in Essex Superior Court at a later date.
The AG’s Office began an investigation in June in conjunction with members of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force, Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, and the Lynn Police Department.
Authorities executed a search warrant on Oct. 26 at a Lynn residence thought to be the “stash house” and seized 67 oxycodone pills, more than $30,000 in cash and two guns. Authorities allege that Gratini, Bello, Deleon and Rios ran an extensive drug distribution network in the Lynn area that obtained and sold these drugs.
These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Shortly before taking office, Attorney General Maura Healey announced the formation of an internal AG’s task force to more aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in Massachusetts. AG Healey has vowed to use a multi-faceted approach to educate prescribers, pursue illegal drug traffickers and pill mills, and expand access to recovery and treatment programs.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Megan McLaughlin, of AG Healey’s Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, with assistance from State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, and the Lynn Police Department.