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Feds launch multi-state raids arresting 38 members of drug trafficking and weapons conspiracy

December 21, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Feds launch multi-state raids arresting 38 members of drug trafficking and weapons conspiracy

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Federal and local law enforcement agencies launched multi-state simultaneous raids in the takedown of an illegal drugs and weapons trafficking conspiracy, arresting over three dozen suspects in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Massachusetts and San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Thursday.

The massive operation dubbed ‘Just Punishment’ was the result of a federal indictment on drug trafficking, weapons, and money laundering charges against 38 individuals for their role in the conspiracy, U.S. Immigration, and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officials said in a news release.

The indictment accuses that the defendants knowingly and intentionally conspired to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack, marijuana, Percocet, and Xanax.

Prosecutors also accuse the co-conspirators of possession all within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising the Luis Muñoz Morales and Jardines de Montellano housing projects and San Cristobal, Cantera Wards, and El Polvorin wards in Puerto Rico for significant financial gain and profit.

According to the indictment, since 2012, the organization established drug distribution points among several housing projects in the municipality of Cayey.

Federal investigators allege several members of the group and their co-conspirators committed murders to maintain control of the drug trafficking enterprise.

Court documents indicate that members of the conspiracy maintained contact by telephone with other members of the organization to control and coordinate drug trafficking activities while incarcerated.

The indictment also accused members of the drug trafficking organization, referred to as “The Punishers” of utilizing social media to communicate between with co-conspirators and promote their drug trafficking activities.

Defendants also posted photos and videos of themselves and their associates with firearms, drugs, vehicles, and other items related to drug trafficking activities.

The narcotics violations carry a sentence of 10 years to life in prison, a mandatory minimum of 15 years to life for the weapons violation, and up to 20 years for the money laundering offenses.

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