WINTHROP, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Eight drug dealers and two additional offenders were arrested Wednesday after a three-month long investigation, according to a release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
The investigation ended with a morning sweep Wednesday in Winthrop where eight accused drug dealers and two additional offenders with open warrants were arrested. Undercover detectives set up controlled purchases starting in September to curb drug distribution in Winthrop, the release said.
"This was more than just a drug sweep," Winthrop Police Chief Terence Delehanty said. "It was a targeted investigation to increase the quality of life for all of Winthrop. Nearly every one of these offenders made statements to undercover investigators about violent crimes they'd previously committed or planned to commit in the future."
The following Winthrop residents were arrested Wednesday:
The following were arrested on unrelated warrants:
Undercover troopers from the State Police Gang Unit and Suffolk County Detective Unit repeatedly purchased cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and prescription pills from the defendants between September and December, the release said. Those purchases were the bases for the arrest warrants executed. State Police reviewed open warrants for defendants living in Winthrop and then arrested the additional suspects.
All of the arrested parties were arraigned in East Boston Wednesday.