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Officials hope gang raid results in long prison terms

After almost two years of surveillance and undercover work, an army of more than 300 law enforcement officers set out at dawn Thursday to crush two of Boston’s most violent street gangs, arresting 27 longtime criminals on federal narcotics and firearm charges that prosecutors hope will end what had become a revolving door of arrests and short prison terms.

The raid came as welcome relief to residents on Woodward Avenue in Roxbury and in the Bowdoin-Geneva section of Dorchester, where authorities said the two gangs have been the driving force behind more than 60 shootings and six homicides in the last six years.

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