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Press Release 12 Individuals Arrested in Joint State-federal Takedown of Major Drug Trafficking Operation

Authorities Seize Nearly One Kilogram of Heroin and Fentanyl in Lawrence, Lowell, Peabody and Haverhill
For immediate release:
10/27/2017
  • Office of Attorney General Maura Healey

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Chloe Gotsis

Lawrence — 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.

Today’s arrests are the result of an extensive investigation involving AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crime Division, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the AG’s 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.

During the course of the investigation, authorities seized approximately 900 grams of suspected heroin and fentanyl from Haverhill and Lawrence.

“These arrests are the result of an extensive joint investigation into heroin and fentanyl targeting those who bring these lethal drugs into our communities,” said AG Healey. “We thank our state, federal and local law enforcement partners for working with us to go after these traffickers and dismantle their criminal networks.”

“Opioid abuse is at epidemic levels across New England and those suffering from Opioid addiction need access to treatment and recovery,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson. “But 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’s lives. This investigation demonstrates the strength and continued commitment of our local, state and federal partners and our strong partnership with Attorney General Healey’s Office.”

Authorities arrested the following individuals today:

Kenni Luna-Percel, (a.k.a. Helton Jose Marin Perez), of Lowell
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Trafficking over 100 grams of Heroin (two counts)
Conspiracy (one count)

Santo Angel-Perez, (a.k.a. Joused Gracia-Canales), of Peabody
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

“Jose Figueroa” of Lawrence
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

Miguel Eligio Cruz Prandy, (a.k.a. Miguel Cruz Prade), of Lawrence
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Trafficking over 100 grams of Heroin (two counts)
Conspiracy (one count)

Kristina Ramos, (a.k.a. Ivonne Bolorin), of Lowell
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

Aneudy Tejeda-Soto of Lawrence
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

Jesus Tejeda-Tejeda of Lawrence
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

Alfredin Mejia-Soto of Lawrence
Trafficking over 200 grams of Heroin (one count)
Conspiracy (one count)

Yunida Peguero-Beras of Lawrence
Knowingly being Present Where Heroin is Kept (one count)

Cheryl Margosian of Haverhill
Trafficking Fentanyl (three counts)

Richard Fuoco of Haverhill
Trafficking Fentanyl (one count)

Christian Jose Brown of Lawrence
Conspiracy (one count)

The defendants will be arraigned on various drug trafficking and conspiracy charges Monday morning in Lawrence District Court.

During 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’s arrests, authorities seized approximately 300 grams additional of suspected heroin and fentanyl during the course of the investigation.

AG Healey’s 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’s 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.

The AG’s 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’s Office’s own drug enforcement work and has helped build enhanced partnerships with federal, state, and local law enforcement.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimates that 2,069 people – the highest number ever recorded in the state and a 15 percent increase year-over-year – 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.

This investigation is ongoing. These charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Gina Kwon, Deputy Chief of AG Healey’s Enterprise, Major and Cyber Crimes Division. The case is being investigated by State Police assigned to the AG’s Office, the State Police Transportation Drug Unit, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Homeland Security Investigations, and the AG’s Cyber Crime Lab, along with Lowell Police, Haverhill Police, Lawrence Police, and Peabody Police. Today’s 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.

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Attorney General Maura Healey is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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