BOSTON (CBS/AP) — Homes in seven towns were raided by police in connection to a long term drug investigation.
WBZ has confirmed that the FBI, the drug enforcement agency, state police and the district attorney’s office are behind the raids.READ MORE: No Arrests Made, Victim Remains In Critical Condition Following South Shore Plaza Shooting
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz confirms 25 people were arrested. The arrests took place in Brockton, Hanover, South Easton, Dedham, Lynn, Somerville and Stoughton.
According to Ortiz, all the suspects were apprehended on federal and state drug and gun charges.
Sixteen search warrants were also executed, officials said.
Sera Congi reports from Brockton.
According to the affidavit, an investigation began in Dec. 2009 into members of a large heroin distribution organization, which was distributing significant quantities of heroin in and around Brockton.
Raw Video Of Arrest
The following is a list of the suspects arrested during Thursday’s raids:
1) Tiffany Marie ANDRADE of South Easton
2) Claudio Araujo a/k/a “Lenny” of Brockton
3) Alessio Barbosa a/k/a “Alexio”, a/k/a “Alex”, a/k/a “A” a/k/a “Ace” of Brockton
4) Dany L. Brandao of Brockton
5) Nicholas Deangelis of Brockton
6) Emanuel Docanto a/k/a “Mandog” of Brockton
7) Miguel A. Fernandes of Brockton
8) Ismael Figueroa of Lynn
9) Ivan Fonseca of Brockton
10) Iury Jandir Gomes a/k/a “Utes” of Brockton
11) Alector Goncalves a/k/a “JG” of Brockton
12) Tamara Hollis of Brockton
13) Carey Monteiro of Dedham
14) Elsio Monteiro of Brockton
15) Robert Parsons of Hanover
16) Emanuel Ribeiro of Brockton
17) Jose G. Rosa a/k/a “J” a/k/a “Big Poppa” of South Easton
18) Virgilio Rosa a/k/a “Turbo” of Brockton
19) Nine Silveira of Brockton
20) Gregory Stubbs of Stoughton
21) Timothy T. Tamulevich, a/k/a “Tiny” of Brockton
22) Justin A Teixeira a/k/a “Becky” of Brockton
23) Carla Vincente of Brockton
24) Catherine Watts a/k/a “Kate” of Somerville
25) Jason Miranda, of Brockton
According to officials, Fernandes, Rosa, Gomes and Teixeira are all large-scale heroin dealers.
“Today’s arrests should be a clear signal to those distributing drugs in our neighborhoods that the federal government is aggressively working with state and local law enforcement to track their movements, find their associates and close down their operations,” Ortiz said.
Listen to WBZ NewsRadio’s Mark Katic report from Brockton:
SkyEye captured video of police taking an unidentified man out a of house on Clinton Street in Brockton and putting him in the back of a state police van. Officials tell WBZ they have also executed a search warrant at a home on Green Street in Brockton.
A state police spokesman confirmed the agency’s gang unit was involved in the warrant sweep.
Just last week another raid took place in the North Shore.
Federal agents, along with state and local police, descended on neighborhoods in Lynn and Lowell in a targeted drug and firearms sweep dubbed “Operation Melting Pot.” In all, 37 locations were swept.
Police have not confirmed a link between these two raids.MORE NEWS: Brookline Police Providing Extra Presence At Temples After 'Suspicious Activity'
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