By Gangsters Inc. Editors
Thirteen individuals part of or connected to the Gangster Disciples were charged on Wednesday for their roles in a Lawrence-based drug trafficking conspiracy involving fentanyl, cocaine, suboxone and counterfeit prescription pills containing methamphetamine. The group trafficked pills throughout Massachusetts and into Maine and New Hampshire.
In August 2020, authorities began an investigation into narcotics trafficking in the greater Lawrence area. Intercepted communications on numerous cellphones between leaders, members and drug suppliers of the Gangster Disciples revealed a large multi-object drug conspiracy centering around the Gangster Disciples in Lawrence, Haverhill and Methuen.
According to the indictment, the crew members actively distributed fentanyl, cocaine and suboxone with drug trafficking activities extending from Massachusetts into Maine and southern New Hampshire as well as into the Essex County Jail. The investigation also identified them as alleged suppliers of methamphetamine disguised as counterfeit Adderall and oxycodone pills.
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On Wednesday, investigators seized four gallon-sized bags of counterfeit Adderall pills containing methamphetamine, weighing approximately 9.67 pounds. An additional gallon-sized bag of counterfeit oxycodone pills containing fentanyl was also seized.
The following individuals were indicted on conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, 500 grams or more of cocaine and suboxone:
- Justin Suriel, a/k/a “Chachi,” 25, of Methuen;
- Nathaniel Infante, a/k/a “Natti,” 27, of Methuen;
- Jonathan Cruz, a/k/a “Trippy,” 35, of Lawrence;
- Felix Rodriguez, 24, of Methuen;
- Steven Rios, a/k/a “Doofy,” 24, of North Andover;
- Cirio Junior Dolores-Acevedo, a/k/a “Domi,” 38, of Miami, Fla.;
- Celino Guzman Cabreja, 31, of Lawrence;
- Anthony Martinez, 23, of Haverhill;
- Christopher Riley, 38, of Brockton;
- Elijah Declet, a/k/a “Evil,” 24, of Haverhill; and
- Emmanuel Lys, 32, of Watertown.
Besides the drug charges, it is also alleged that Justin Suriel and Steven Rios conspired to kidnap, hold captive and traumatize a victim in retaliation for the suspected theft of Rios’ dog.
Two additional defendants were charged for their involvement in the Gangster Disciples’ trafficking operations. 38-year-old Yoel “Capo” Mercedes was charged with distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl. 29-year-old Vando Gvozdarevic was charged with possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine.
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