Feds Sweep Lawrence, Surrounding Towns, Arrest 34 In Fentanyl Ring


PHOTO: Tom Duggan, (c) copyright 2017, The Valley Patriot

By: Tom Duggan, May 30, 2017
all photos: Tom Duggan
(c) Copyright, 2017 The Valley Patriot

Federal, state, county, and federal law enforcement officials conducted a major drug and immigration sweep in Lawrence Tuesday.

Officials say more than 2 1/2  kilos of fentanyl (representing over 100,000 bags) and six weapons were seized in morning raids that netted 34 arrests. 18 were previously arrested.

Homeland Security announced at a press conference in Boston that 5 of the arrests were illegal aliens who were previously deported and reentered the country. Two illegal aliens were in possession of a firearm.  

A DEA Official said that it was the Largest fentanyl distribution network in Massachusetts. 

A Homeland Security official said that this is only the beginning for Lawrence and the Greater Lawrence area. 

“We are far from done in Lawrence and surrounding cities and towns. We will do everything in our power to stem the flow of drugs in these communities. It was an extraordinary level of cooperation today with the DEA task force, Lawrence, Andover, Lowell police as well as state police, Essex County sheriff and ATF.”

A DEA official said they have wiretaps of the Lawrence drug distribution leaders discussing how to dilute the drug enough so that it is not lethal, but also does not satisfy the drug addicts craving, making them want more. 

“Repeat offenders, people who reenter the country after deportation, is a federal offense. We are going to take that very seriously and we are getting that message out today and every day.”

“As for the calls that are reflected in the papers filed today, you see with great clarity some of the things we have been talking about on fentanyl.”

“It’s a deadly drug. The calls in question were the leaders of the organization discussing how to dilute the drug. Their goal as they state on the wire is that they dilute it enough so the user survives but not enough to satisfy their craving.”

To better understand the gravity of the amount of fentanyl seized today (2 1/2 kilos), the DEA says that a finger (ten bags) of fentanyl costs $400 in Lawrence but those same ten bags cost $600 – $800 in Southern NH, more in Northern NH, and $1,000 per finger in Maine. 

Officials said that they were having a hard time identifying some of those arrested because they had fake ID’s. 

 Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera held a press conference Tuesday afternoon. 




Tom Duggan

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34 Responses to Feds Sweep Lawrence, Surrounding Towns, Arrest 34 In Fentanyl Ring

  1. david croteau Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Nice Work Tom

  2. Denyce Ellis Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    This is wonderful. I hope they throw away the key! They all should be charged with murder because this drug is killing people left and right! Great job to all law enforcement involved in this raid!

  3. Janice Lebrun Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    They should post their pictures!

  4. Alice Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Good news. But why put a focus on illegal aliens when it appears to be only 5 out of the 34 arrests. Sure, they are involved, but let’s talk about the drug dealers and individuals that are from here and acting as predators dealing this s^*%!

    • Chuck Girardi Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 5:16 PM

      Alice you’re right. We should just let the illegals go, they are going to come back anyway. Forget about them and move on.

      • Sam Curtis Reply

        May 31, 2017 at 1:49 AM

        She didn’t say anything about letting them go, back and read without your bias. Alice was just making a mathematical point. The article didn’t even say if the illegals were even the leaders.

    • Mark Reply

      May 30, 2017 at 7:45 PM

      Nothing in that article “focuses” on aliens rather, highlights data and shares facts which is the purpose of an informative article. These types of “words” can be ised without being interpreted as some type of discrimination. Do not make people feel bad for informing others or discussing facts.

    • gray444 Reply

      May 31, 2017 at 4:34 AM

      Two reason’s 1. They are the one’s who brought the Fentanyl in to the country. 2. They have all been deported before for drug crimes which is a huge problem for the police. We need to make the countries we send illegal’s back to take responsibility for their citizen’s. Can you imagine and American citizen committing a crime in another country then coming back and doing it again ? This does not happen because the other countries hold us financially responsible.

      • José torres Reply

        January 29, 2018 at 2:39 PM

        The reason being is they get deported and let go free in Dominican Republic and they come right back with a fake name.

    • Rhonda Reply

      May 31, 2017 at 6:20 AM

      It doesnt say only five were illegal aliens it says five are illegal aliens who have previously been deported and reentered the country. It did not specifiy if any were illegal and not previously deported.

    • Tom Duggan

      Tom Duggan Reply

      June 1, 2017 at 8:08 AM

      there is “A” Focus on the illegals because all we hear in the news is that ALL illegal aliens are here because they want a better life, they ALL want to do jobs Amerians don’t want to do. I guess these guys were just killing people that Americans don’t want to kill.

  5. Alton Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    No matter what they do there are a thousand more dealers out there selling. They still have alot of work to do!

  6. Felicia Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    They are all predators wether they are from here or not, everyone of them needs to be gone…

  7. Carlos paulino Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Im very happy with the results of this research and God bless your department of justice

  8. Wendy Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    Shoot em in the head. Scum.

  9. Lori adamo Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Wooooot woot great job get rid of them all

  10. Patti Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 7:41 PM

    Keep up the fight gentlemen we cannot let evil win…. GOOD JOB!!!!! And THANK YOU ALL!!!

  11. Edward Hardy Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Let’s hope they get long jail sentences! Fentanyl is the killer! God job Dea local and all concerned!!!!

  12. Douglas Crocker Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 9:39 PM


  13. gord Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 8:34 AM

    This vermin should be locked up forever.

  14. gaynigger Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    A finger is 10 grams, not 10 bags.

    • Cedric Reply

      May 31, 2017 at 10:10 AM

      Your name alone says what kind of person you are you prob use it smh they should shoot you up with a finger of it smh waste of flesh

    • John Reply

      May 31, 2017 at 2:06 PM

      Not to fond of your screen name… Actually it’s moronic with that being said yes u r right 1 finger in s 10 grams which is probably well over 100 $10.00 bags of H Id say @ least 150-200 bags since wiretap says to don’t kill them have em come back 4 more…. Which in one sense is GREED but hopefully everyone that did it lived!!!!

  15. F Drug Dealers Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Hope all these scumbags overdose or get killed in jail. Fn losers

  16. Lynne Barry Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    They should go to Lynn MA and round up the rest of the scum that are killing people with fentanyl!

    • Caffeine is an addiction Reply

      June 5, 2017 at 10:35 PM

      Yes, totally agreed. LYNN needs help.

  17. Mike Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Yea, great job DEA, Arrest the only drug dealers in the state who are actually smart enough to dilute the fentanyl, a lot of deaths will be on your hands in the up and coming months….

    When you have grandmother’s dealing drugs, you know it’s a problem you can’t solve…Take that money and open multiple community centers in every city and up programs for kids graduating or dropping of high school, give them something to do, if you ignore that faction of society, than hose will be the kid’s who will be selling drugs to your family…..

  18. Kim Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Officers keep up the great work. Believe it or not. There are alot of us that appreciate the hard work . Let’s keep it going.

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  20. chap Reply

    June 7, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    why have Borat and the Donald not confronted Chinese leadership on this traffic

    why is the menace targeting failed factory towns where the talented subsist

  21. Eric Reply

    June 13, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Anyone who tells an addict to overdose and die and that there a waste of life ur an ignorant punk bitch clearly know nothing about the disease of addiction I wouldn’t wish that shit on my worst enemy. What about all the people out there getting clean and changing there lives and saving other people’s lives by sharing the message of aa/na experience strength and hope. This disease is of the body, mind, and spirit. If u can’t help an addict don’t hurt one. Have some respect there’s good people out there dieing every fuckin day. Some of the best people I’ve ever known that just unfortunately couldn’t beat this thing. Spread the message of recovery!!! #SobahsBetta

  22. Tbones Reply

    May 30, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    It is suck their
    Dicks..being uneducated brings this level of ignorance..sorry, ignorance
    means dumb, or dum for you

  23. F Drug Dealers Reply

    May 31, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Hope you go to jail next you drug using scumbag!

  24. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 1, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    request granted

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