Nine alleged gang members indicted on drug, gun charges

Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that nine alleged gang members and associates have been indicted in connection with gun and drug trafficking charges in Boston.

The defendants were indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on Monday.

“We allege these individuals are involved in a criminal operation that brought deadly drugs and illegal guns into our communities,” said AG Healey. “Our office is focused on combating gun violence and the opioid epidemic at all levels and will continue to work with our partners to disrupt these criminal networks.”

The results stem from a 2015 ATF investigation that uncovered members of the 18th Street Gang and the East Side Money Gang. Police allege they were trafficking illegal guns and drugs including heroin, cocaine, and fentanyl through East Boston, Chelsea, Revere, and Jamaica Plain.

The defendants were arrested as part of a larger sweep that included the arrest of 66 gang members were arrested and charged on federal and state charges.

Arrested parties include:

Wilmer Reyes, 23, of Chelsea and Anilber Marquez, 21, of East Boston, were charged with trafficking over 10 grams of fentanyl.

Joseph Lorenzo, 29, and Virginia Lebron, 36, both of East Boston, were charged with trafficking over 18 grams of heroin.

Miguel Lorenzo, 26, of East Boston, was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of heroin.

Eddie Lorenzo, 28, of East Boston was charged with trafficking over 36 grams of cocaine.

Yunisleydi Santuce, 31, of East Boston, was charged with trafficking over 18 grams of heroin.

Jonathan Vasquez, 21, of Boston, was charged with illegally carrying a firearm, trafficking in 1-2 firearms, illegally carrying a loaded firearm and illegally possessing ammunition.

Jesse Cardona-Restrepo, 21, of Chelsea, was charged with trafficking in 1-2 firearms, illegally carrying a firearm and illegally possessing ammunition.

 

 

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