A large-scale joint state and federal investigation has resulted in the arrest of 12 individuals in connection with a major heroin and fentanyl trafficking operation that brought large quantities of the lethal drugs into Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill and Peabody, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.\n\nToday\u2019s arrests are the result of an extensive investigation involving AG Healey\u2019s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG\u2019s Office, the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Lowell, Lawrence, Haverhill and Peabody Police Departments.\n\nDuring the course of the investigation, authorities seized approximately 900 grams of suspected heroin and fentanyl from Haverhill and Lawrence.\n\n\u201cThese arrests are the result of an extensive joint investigation into heroin and fentanyl targeting those who bring these lethal drugs into our communities,\u201d said AG Healey. \u201cWe thank our state, federal and local law enforcement partners for working with us to go after these traffickers and dismantle their criminal networks.\u201d\n\n\u201cOpioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from Opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,\u201d said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. \u201cBut those responsible for distributing a lethal drug like fentanyl to the citizens of Massachusetts and New Hampshire need to be held accountable for their actions. DEA is committed to aggressively pursue Drug Trafficking Organizations or individuals who are coming from out of state to distribute this poison in order to profit and destroy people\u2019s lives. This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal partners and our strong partnership with Attorney General Healey\u2019s Office.\u201d\n\nAuthorities arrested the following individuals today:\n\nKenni Luna-Percel, (a.k.a. Helton Jose Marin Perez), of Lowell \nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nTrafficking over 100 grams of Heroin (two counts)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nSanto Angel-Perez, (a.k.a. Joused Gracia-Canales), of Peabody\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\n\u201cJose Figueroa\u201d of Lawrence\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nMiguel Eligio Cruz Prandy, (a.k.a. Miguel Cruz Prade), of Lawrence\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nTrafficking over 100 grams of Heroin (two counts)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nKristina Ramos, (a.k.a. Ivonne Bolorin), of Lowell\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nAneudy Tejeda-Soto of Lawrence\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nJesus Tejeda-Tejeda of Lawrence\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nAlfredin Mejia-Soto of Lawrence\nTrafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nYunida Peguero-Beras of Lawrence\nKnowingly being Present Where Heroin is Kept (one count)\n\nCheryl Margosian of Haverhill\nTrafficking Fentanyl (three counts)\n\nRichard Fuoco of Haverhill\nTrafficking Fentanyl (one count)\n\nChristian Jose Brown of Lawrence\nConspiracy (one count)\n\nThe defendants will be arraigned on various drug trafficking and conspiracy charges Monday morning in Lawrence District Court.\n\nDuring the execution of search warrants at multiple locations in Haverhill and Lawrence today, authorities seized approximately 600 grams of suspected heroin and fentanyl and $21,000 in cash. Prior to today\u2019s arrests, authorities seized approximately 300 grams additional of suspected heroin and fentanyl during the course of the investigation.\n\nAG Healey\u2019s Office has been working closely with its federal, state and local partners to combat illegal drug trafficking. AG Healey formed an internal task force to more aggressively combat the heroin and prescription drug abuse crisis in Massachusetts. The AG\u2019s Office is using a multi-faceted approach that includes education for prescribers, pursuing illegal drug traffickers and pill mills, and expanding access to recovery and treatment programs.\n\nThe AG\u2019s Office has committed a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to form a new Fentanyl Strike Force. In partnership with the Massachusetts State Police, the task force will target heroin and fentanyl traffickers and dismantle their distribution networks across Massachusetts. The funds will expand the AG\u2019s Office\u2019s own drug enforcement work and has helped build enhanced partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement.\n\nThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimates that 2,069 people \u2013 the highest number ever recorded in the state and a 15 percent increase year-over-year \u2013 died from opioid overdoses in 2016. The number of deaths from opioid overdoses involving fentanyl continued to climb last year, with more than 60 percent of the fatal overdoses last year involving the lethal drug. Essex County is one of the counties in the state with the highest rate of overdoses.\n\nThis investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.\n\nThe case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Kwon, Deputy Chief of AG Healey\u2019s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crimes Division. The case is being investigated by State Police assigned to the AG\u2019s Office, the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations, and the AG\u2019s Cyber Crime Lab, along with Lowell Police, Haverhill Police, Lawrence Police, and Peabody Police. Today\u2019s takedown also received assistance from the State Police Special Tactical Operations Team, The State Police Violence Fugitive Apprehension Section, the State Police Gang Unit, the State Police Troop A Community Action Team, the State Police Crime Gun Unit, the State Police Crime Scene Services Section and the State Police K-9 units.