Boston drug bust yields over 1,200 grams of narcotics, five arrested

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BOSTON — After a prolonged investigation by Drug Control Units across the Boston Police Department and the DEA Task Force, five men were arrested on drug trafficking charges Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 12:11 p.m., on April 20, officers executed search warrants in the neighborhoods of Northampton Street, Eustis Street, and W. Springfield Street.

The operation led to the seizure of a substantial amount of narcotics and the arrest of Jose Virella-Castro, 41, Jarlin Soto-Soto, 41, Alejandro Fernandez, 62, Michael Moreira, 57, and Rafael Puntier, 54, all from the Boston area.

Authorities reported recovering 459 plastic bags of crack cocaine, weighing around 253 grams, and 412 plastic bags of fentanyl, weighing approximately 980 grams.

In addition to the drugs, officers seized about $7,977 in cash, various drug packaging materials, gloves, masks, cutting agents, and drug paraphernalia.

The five suspects face charges for trafficking class A and class B substances and are scheduled to be arraigned at Boston Municipal Court.

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