At Least 19 Arrests Made in Multilateral Operation Targeting Suspected Gang Members

According to The Boston Globe, an investigation focused on alleged gang members in the Boston area engaged in drug dealing and “associated criminal behavior” has resulted in a drug raid and multiple arrests. According to authorities, police were originally looking for about 30 people, and about 19 are in custody thus far. The charges are reported to be largely drug- and/or weapons-related.

The investigation, which targeted the illicit drug trade in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain and Everett, was conducted by the Boston police and resulted in a large-scale operation given the name Operation Tourniquet. Many of the raids were targeting residences in the area.

According to Boston police spokesman Sergeant Michael McCarthy, the investigation was intended to target an organized street gang and had been underway for several years prior to the initiation of the raid that prompted today’s announcement. McCarthy also noted that “a significant amount of heroin” was found, along with cocaine and weapons.

Several of the suspects are due to appear in Charlestown District Court later today.

‘Operation Tourniquet’ targets suspected gang members in Charlestown, Jamaica Plain and Everett, officials say, The Boston Globe, June 12, 2012

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