Boston security agents have confiscated more than 33 pounds of fentanyl in the state of Massachusetts.
Law enforcement officials revealed that the amount of seized fentanyl was enough to wipe out the entire state.
The drug bust followed a six-month wiretap operation, dubbed “Operation High Hopes,” which sought to probe into Boston’s most notorious drug rings.
The lengthy process was a joint venture by the Boston Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and led to the arrest of a key drug mastermind, the 42-year-old Robert Contreras.
Contreras has been known to be a household name in the Massachusetts drug trade, and his arrest this month contributed to the perceived success of Operation High Hopes.
Initially, the probe’s inceptive target was Edward Soto-Perez, one of Contreras’s clients, who was the first suspect to be arraigned in late 2017. Soto-Perez had proved to be a problematic target in the crackdown.
Law enforcement agencies acknowledged his skill at eluding the police and covering his tracks. According to sources, the man’s exploits were well planned and involved the use of couriers to deliver drugs.
Additionally, Soto-Perez only accepted cash payments after the deliveries. He would regularly switch vehicles to sabotage court-sanctioned GPS tracking as a way of staying off the police radar.
Nevertheless, the exposure of his stash houses and recognition of his leading supplier, Contreras, was realized following a successful wiretap operation.
Similar reports expounded on Soto-Perez’s arrest by linking his activities to widespread drug distribution that would extend as far as the state of Pennsylvania.
It is even believed that the fentanyl distribution network was so dense that the main leads would connect the Massachusetts market to destinations outside of the U.S.
Further evidence reveals that Contreras’s syndicate would receive narcotics and supply them to Soto-Perez who would then sell the drugs to low-level drug dealers.
Prosecutors have shed some light on the matter by linking the drugs to street gangs that enjoy business relationships with operatives in Mexico.
Explicitly, the Sinaloa Cartel, the most powerful drug organization in the Western Hemisphere and the brainchild of the notorious El Chapo Guzman, has been said to have links with Boston’s street gangs.
The business is reported to have been importing significant quantities of hard drugs into the Northeastern part of the U.S. Together, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Contreras Organization have used their cordial partnership to invest and traffic the synthetic opioid substance that is ill-famed for being deadlier than heroin.
Various administrators have called out the drug problem in Massachusetts. Fentanyl, alone, has been blamed for a significant amount of drug-related deaths in the Bay State.
Traces of fentanyl were found in 81 percent of deaths in Massachusetts this year.
The narcotic has been said to claim more lives than all significant causes of death in Massachusetts. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley stated in a press release that synthetic drugs like fentanyl kill more Massachusetts citizens than all homicide cases and traffic accidents, combined.
These comments echo the surreal details surrounding the fentanyl trade in the state.
According to Conley, the seized drugs had the potential to increase drug overdose-related cases.
Descriptive data about the size and scope of the state’s drug operations indicate the urgency of shutting down major drug networks. Still, officials assert that the amount of fentanyl taken off the streets, so far, is just a tiny fraction of the whole drug equation.
Moreover, DEA Special Agent Michael Ferguson compared Fentanyl to a “weapon of mass destruction” and expressed concerns about the aggressiveness of drug dealers in supplying markets with the lethal drug.
In his words, fentanyl has the capacity to kill an adult human regardless of the mode of drug administration. Three milligrams of high-quality fentanyl is enough to knock out an average adult male.
And the fact that drug traffickers have even been lacing fentanyl with cocaine adds a shocking perspective to an already-existing problem.
Authoritative figures have lauded the outcomes of Operation High Hopes and commented on the significance of this particular drug bust.
The 33 pounds of seized fentanyl supply was enough to kill seven million people—that figure surpasses the population count of 6.8 million people who inhabit the state of Massachusetts.
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