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18 Suspected Gang Members Arrested in Drug, Gun Ring: Feds

Nearly 80 firearms were seized and 32 people were arrested over the course of a monthslong probe into a Lawrence, Massachusetts drug and gun trafficking ring that involved gang members, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Dubbed “Operation Emerald Crush,” federal, state and local authorities banned together to target suspected firearm and drug traffickers in the greater Lawrence area. The investigation resulted in 78 guns purchased by undercover cops and dozens of purchases of controlled narctocis that were worth $120,000 combined, according to Lelling.

Among the narcotics secretely purchased from the suspects were heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Authorities also purchased various firearms from the defendants, such as M4 carbines, AK-47 firearms, TEC-9 pistols and even bullet proof vests.

According to Lelling, 18 people who were arrested in the probe are members of the Trinitarios gang. He announced the arrests Friday morning in a press conference at Moakley Federal Courthouse.

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