Two Mexican Nationals Arrested, 30 Pounds of Cocaine Seized in FBI Investigation of Boston Organized Drug Crime – FBI

With the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police’s Commercial Vehicle Law Enforcement Section and Air Wing, and the FBI’s Boston Division Springfield Office, investigators followed the tractor-trailer driven by Mr. Quintero to the Ludlow Service Plaza. After witnessing an exchange of narcotics between Mr. Quintero and Mr. Castro, Mr. Castro was subsequently taken into custody. Shortly after, Massachusetts State Police stopped the tractor-trailer being driven by Mr. Quintero, on Route 91 south in Longmeadow, and arrested him without incident.

“These arrests are a direct result of the hard work and dedication shared by federal, state and local law enforcement in our efforts to identify and remove large-scale drug traffickers from our communities,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge. of the Boston Division of the FBI. “By stopping 30 pounds of cocaine from Mexico from reaching the streets of Massachusetts, there is no doubt that our neighborhoods and our citizens are much safer.”

Massachusetts State Police Col. Christopher Mason added, “The cocaine that soldiers, constables and task force officers kept from reaching the streets of Massachusetts through this investigation was worth more than half a million dollars for its suppliers in Mexico. If it had reached its destination, it would have been cut, packaged and sold in all of our communities, and it would have caused violence, ruined families and ended lives. The Massachusetts State Police will continue to work with our law enforcement and prosecution partners to interdict drug traffickers and their deadly product.

“Threats to public health and safety posed by narcotics traffickers and the illicit drug trade are significant and widespread,” Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said. “This very significant seizure comes with a tremendous amount of work, and I thank the agencies involved for their vigilance, resources and expertise in dealing with these very dangerous individuals and the organizations they serve.”

This case is being investigated by the Boston Organized Drug Enforcement Strike Force which includes the Boston Division of the FBI, members of the Massachusetts State Police Narcotics Section, Concord Police Department , Hudson, Peabody, Reading, Waltham and Watertown, the Massachusetts Department of Correction, and the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Department.

The cases are being prosecuted by the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. All accused persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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