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JANUARY 8, 2010

Boston, MA.. Arrests were sought today of alleged members and associates of two violent gangs operating in the City of Chelsea on federal and state drug and firearm charges.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Warren T. Bamford, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston Field Division; Glenn N. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Colonel Marian J. McGovern Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley; and Chief Brian A. Kyes of the Chelsea Police Department; announced today “Operation Crossroads,” a year-long investigation resulting in charges against 12 alleged members and associates of two violent gangs operating in Chelsea, Neta and the Bloods. Seven indictments were unsealed naming nine alleged gang members or associates with various federal drug and firearm offenses. In addition, three defendants were charged by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office with state drug crimes.

According to the indictments, and detention affidavit, it is alleged that the defendants have significant ties to the Bellingham Square area in Chelsea, particularly the area of 5th Street and Chestnut Street. It is alleged that nearly all of those charged are believed to be members of, or are closely associated with, two violent gangs operating in Chelsea: “Neta,” a violent prison gang whose members retain allegiance to the gang upon their release and the “Bloods.” Throughout the investigation, it is alleged that law enforcement made purchases of crack cocaine and a firearm from the defendants. Most of the targets of the investigation were arrested on the federal and state charges on January 8, 2010.

“These arrests should send a clear message that we will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who engages in the illegal use, possession or distribution of guns and drugs in the City of Chelsea. I want to assure all of the hard working and law abiding citizens of Chelsea, that we will not stand by and let a handful of criminals endanger the lives and neighborhoods in this community,” stated U.S. Attorney Ortiz.

The case was investigated by the North Shore HIDTA Gang Task Force, a New England HIDTA and FBI Safe Streets initiative, which consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Massachusetts State Police Gang Unit, the Chelsea Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies.

The federal cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Pohl assigned to Ortiz’s Organized Crime Strike Force Unit. The state cases are being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney’s in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.


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