Police arrested and indicted eighteen alleged drug dealers in a long-term investigation into cocaine and heroin distribution called “Operation Tanglewood,” according to Daniel F. Conley, Suffolk County district attorney, and Edward Davis, Boston police commissioner.
The offenders were all located and suspected to be selling drugs in the area of the Lenox Street Housing Development.
“This should serve as a clear message to any individuals engaging in violent activity in our communities,” Davis said. “We will continue our relentless efforts to hold violent perpetrators accountable. We will not allow these individuals to destroy quality of life for hard-working, law-abiding community members.”
According to Conley, plainclothes officers were able to buy cocaine and heroin repeatedly and with ease.
“The density of drug retailers in this area forced residents to walk a gauntlet every time they left for school, came home from work, or went out to the store. They brought us their concerns, we acted, and the result is safer streets, homes, and parks for families and businesses,” Conley said.
The operation was waged due to many citizen complaints, and to disrupt the local drug trade. It targeted distribution suspects known to the Suffolk DA’s Gang Unit, as well as others who made themselves known in the drug trade throughout the investigation.
A Suffolk County Grand Jury indicted the suspects on multiple charges, as well as “about a dozen” additional people who were charged with drug offenses.