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Authorities break up drug trafficking

Police have seized a large stash of narcotics, prescription pills, and guns from homes in Plymouth and Carver in simultaneous raids and arrested three men who allegedly distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs in Plymouth and Bristol counties, prosecutors said.

Over several months, State Police, Carver police, and the US Postal Service tracked shipments of heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, and other drugs to the two residences, where the three men were arrested Thursday after­noon, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s ­office said.

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“Tonight’s arrests are the culmination of months of hard work by investigators,” Cruz said in the statement.

On Thursday, a State Police K-9 unit inspected packages at the Brockton postal facility ­addressed to Joshua Amado, 28, of Carver and James Foster, 26, of Plymouth. The dogs indicated that both packages contained drugs, the statement said.

Authorities waited until postal inspectors delivered the packages to the two residences and then executed a search warrant, the statement said.

At Amado’s home on Center Street in Carver, authorities ­allegedly found packages of ­cocaine and heroin, more than 300 oxycodone pills, a shotgun, a digital scale, and $28,500 in cash, the statement said.

Authorities arrested Amado and Nolan Navedo, 32, of ­Taunton, who was also in the home. Both pleaded not guilty in Wareham District Court to charges of trafficking oxycodone and cocaine and conspiring to violate the ­Controlled Substances Act.

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Amado will also be charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and Navedo will be charged with trafficking of heroin. Their bail was set at $250,000. They will return to court on June 23, the district ­attorney’s office said.

Authorities simultaneously searched Foster’s apartment on Castle Street in Plymouth. They allegedly found cocaine, ­steroids, a variety of prescription pills, a loaded 9mm handgun, and $1,800 in cash, the statement said.

They arrested Foster, who pleaded not guilty Friday at his arraignment in Plymouth District Court to numerous drug trafficking charges, as well as conspiracy to violate the ­Controlled Substances Act, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Foster’s bail was set at $50,000. He is to return to court on June 20, the district ­attorney’s office said.

Authorities had been tracking shipments of the drugs from Los Angeles to Amado’s and Foster’s homes since April, the statement said.

Todd Feathers can be reached
at todd.feathers@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter
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