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Three-year investigation results in federal drug charges

A three-year federal investigation ran the length of America's eastern seaboard: from Florida up through Massachusetts and into Maine. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston, the extensive probe resulted in the arrests of 10 men (including two Florida residents) on charges of conducting large-scale trafficking of heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl.

The men also face money laundering charges, prosecutors said.

Officials said they seized more than $1.1 million in cash in a raid on an apartment in a town about 35 miles north of Boston. Also seized: a 2010 silver Mercedes E class sedan and a firearm reported stolen in New Hampshire.

All those arrested were charged with conspiracy to distribute and illegal possession with intent to distribute heroin, oxycodone and fentanyl. They are all also charged with conspiring to launder the money from the sales of the illegal narcotics.

According to the U.S. attorney, the men were involved in bringing the drugs south from Maine to distribute in the Boston area. Proceeds from the sales were then allegedly taken to Florida and then laundered. No mention was made in the article we read about how the money was laundered.

According to the report, agents with the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation teamed up with local law enforcement agencies in the investigation and arrests.

Convictions on these kinds of charges can mean years-long prison sentences. Before speaking with police or prosecutors, talk to a skilled criminal defense attorney about the evidence and charges.

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