WOBURN — A nine-month investigation into a multi-million dollar drug-running operation with connections to Boston, Natick, and Framingham took more than 650 grams of suspected heroin and 350 grams of suspected cocaine off the streets, the Middlesex district attorney said Thursday.
The operation, thought to be the biggest drug bust this year for that office, also resulted in two arrests of Boston men on drug trafficking charges, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.
Several drug runners operated out of a Hewins Street location in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, according to investigators. Ryan said those runners were delivering drugs to customers in Natick, Framingham, and elsewhere in Middlesex County.
“It was a very big operation both in terms of profit and in terms of product being moved,” Ryan said at a press conference at her office Thursday night.
Police searched the Hewins Street location and found about 600 grams of suspected heroin and cocaine, along with packaging material, Ryan’s office said.
Investigators also searched a vehicle in the Route 9 area of Natick late Thursday morning. The search yielded 55 clear plastic bags of a brown powdery substance, which is believed to be heroin, and about 39 clear plastic bags of a white powder thought to be cocaine, according to the district attorney’s office.
The vehicle’s driver, Johann Gonzalez, 26, of Boston, was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He is expected to be arraigned in Natick District Court Friday.
Police also searched a Woodgate Street home in the Mattapan section of Boston, where they found more substances believed to be cocaine and heroin. Jaime Colon-Bermudez, 31, of Boston, was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He is expected to be arraigned Friday in Dorchester Municipal Court.
Ryan spoke with seized drugs in baggies with a street value of about $200,000, cutting agents, and more than $60,000 in cash organized on the table in front of her. The packaging of the heroin was “consistent with branded narcotics possibly cut with fentanyl,” which is often referred to as “fire” on the street, according to the district attorney’s office.
Since the start of the year, State Police detectives have responded to 106 overdose deaths in Middlesex County, Ryan said.
“It is our hope that we have put a good dent into what’s travelling out there,” she said
The investigation, which is ongoing, was conducted by Ryan’s office, State Police, and the MetroWest Drug Task Force under the oversight of Framingham police. Boston police assisted in the execution of the search warrants in the bust, according to Ryan’s office.Danny McDonald can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.