BROCKTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Tuesday, the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement that an undercover two-month-long investigation has led to 40 arrest warrants issued and more than a dozen arrests of alleged drug dealers in Brockton.
In a collaboration between the Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Interstate Narcotics Reduction and Enforcement Team, the Brockton Police Department, the State Police Detective Unit at the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office, officials executed a street-level sweep of fentanyl and other drug distribution in Brockton.
Officials told WBZ NewsRadio in a statement that about a hundred troopers and officers took part in the operation.
“Today's operation shows that when law enforcement works with the community, it can reduce crime, prevent overdoses and remove dangerous felons from the streets. Residents play a crucial role in keeping our communities safe by staying vigilant and reporting any suspicious activity or signs of crime. Together, we make Brockton better," Brockton Police Chief Brenda Perez said.
According to police, 13 arrest teams made up of local and state police, fanned out and charged several targets with trafficking fentanyl, distribution of a Class A narcotic, or distribution of a Class B narcotic.
“Drug dealers and traffickers – and the associated violence that goes along with them -- are crumbling our communities and negatively affecting the quality of life here in Brockton,” Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz said.
Tuesday afternoon, 16 targets were placed in police custody on charges of distribution of heroin and cocaine. Multiple suspects were arrested on illegal gun possession charges, police said.