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    Thursday, May 12, 2005

    3-day sting yields many drug arrests

    North Worcester County target of joint task force
    By Christina E. Sanchez TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

    One individual had threatened to kill any resident who threatened to interfere with his drug operation.

    June W. Stansbury,
    U.S. DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION

    FITCHBURG— Local, state and federal law enforcement officials arrested nearly 40 suspected drug dealers during a three-day sting this week, and anticipate rounding up about seven more suspects.

    “We set up shop to shut down those who illegally set up shop,” said June W. Stansbury, of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, during a news conference at the Fitchburg Police Station yesterday. “We will not and cannot let criminals take over our communities to peddle their poison.”

    The sweep, the culmination of a nine-month undercover investigation, targeted Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, Clinton, Westminster and Lunenburg, according to U.S. Attorney Michael J. Sullivan, who spoke at the conference.

    Fitchburg police carried out the arrests with aid from other local police departments, the DEA’s Mobile Enforcement Team, the North Worcester County Drug Task Force, Worcester District Attorney John J. Conte’s office, the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Marshals Service, he said.

    Of the people arrested in the last three days, 11 will face federal charges and 29 will face state charges, Mr. Sullivan said.

    Drug convictions at the federal level, depending on the drug involved, can carry a minimum mandatory prison sentence of 5 years up to 40 years, and, in some cases, carry a life sentence. Fines also can be imposed, ranging from $250,000 to $4 million, according to a statement handed out by Mr. Sullivan’s office.

    Carrying out search warrants related to the investigation, police seized varying amounts of crack cocaine, heroin and Ecstasy, $18,500 in cash, three firearms and seven motor vehicles, Ms. Stansbury said. Drug possession amounts ranged from 5 grams to 50 grams, she said.

    Ms. Stansbury noted the dangerousness of the suspects arrested during the sweep. “One individual had threatened to kill any resident who threatened to interfere with his drug operation,” she said.

    Fitchburg Police Chief Edward F. Cronin said the hundreds of hours of work that authorities put into the investigation resulted in a successful collaborative effort and the removal of “impact players” in the local drug circles. “We got rid of bad people, and we’re getting them out of the city,” Chief Cronin said.

    Authorities have carried out similar undercover investigations in Fitchburg and surrounding areas in the past decade, including a sting in 1997 dubbed “Operation Gang-Ho.” During the roundup, officers picked up 44 suspected drug dealers. Christina said

    In 1999, federal, state and local officials initiated “Operation Fitch Out,” an investigation that netted 45 arrests. That investigation was aimed at unraveling a New York-based drug ring in Fitchburg.

    The names of the people arrested this week on state charges were not immediately available yesterday afternoon, according to Fitchburg Police Sgt. Glenn C. Fossa.

    Those arrested on federal charges, according to Mr. Sullivan’s office, were:

    • Nicholas Rheault, 22, of 122-124 Middle St., Leominster, charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy, and three counts of distribution of Ecstasy.

    •Donald Whitney III, 22, of 30 Parker Road, Apartment 3, Lancaster, charged with conspiracy to distribute Ecstasy and three counts of distribution of Ecstasy.

    • Andre Rosado, 29, of 37 Pleasant St., Fitchburg, charged with distribution of crack cocaine (5 grams).

    • Rasheen Williams, 31, of 58 Intervale St., Fitchburg, charged with possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute (5 grams).

    • Nelson Diaz, 48, address unknown, charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine (5 grams) and five counts of distribution of crack cocaine (5 grams each count).

    • Arnaldo Ortiz-Gonzalez, 21, address unknown, charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine (5 grams) and five counts of distribution of crack cocaine (5 grams each count).

    • Miguel Almenas, 45, of 9 Milk St., Fitchburg, charged with three counts of distribution of crack cocaine (5 grams, 50 grams and 50 grams).

    • Geraldo Alviles, 23, of 223 Mechanic St., Fitchburg, charged with distribution of crack cocaine.

    • Leo Beatty, 47, of 1208 Water St., Fitchburg, charged with four counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

    • Dinikue Brown, 19, address unknown, charged with four counts of distribution of crack cocaine.

    Looks like Mass Cops can work together
  2. EOD1 Subscribing Member

    good bust! thats great. way to set up shop to shut down those who set up shop!! I am not from the area, I didn't know fitchburg had such a major drug problem, then again why the hell would I!
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