Nine New Bedford men were arrested today on federal and state gun and drug charges according to the United States District Attorney, Carmen M. Ortiz.
The arrests sprang from a joint federal and state investigation into gun and drug distribution in New Bedford, which began more than a year ago.
Four individuals were indicted on federal charges and five were charged by the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office.
The harshest sentence may be life in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
“Today’s arrests demonstrate our commitment to investigating and prosecuting those who terrorize our communities by illegally possessing and distributing guns and drugs,” said Ortiz. “We will not allow criminals to endanger the people of New Bedford or their neighborhoods without consequence.”