Guns, pounds of narcotics, $384,000 uncovered by law enforcement
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QUINCY — A 20-year-old Oxford man was one of eight individuals arrested after a lengthy police investigation into a South Shore drug distribution operation.
Chaasad Cyprien was arrested on Monday, January 11, for his alleged participation in drug trafficking, according to the Quincy Police Department.
The arrests came “after a month’s long investigation into a Drug Trafficking Organization, operating throughout numerous South Shore communities,” reported the Quincy Police Department in a statement. As part of that investigatory process, the Quincy Police Drug Control Unit executed five search warrants, four in Quincy and one its neighboring community of Weymouth.
The search warrants led to the discovery of four handguns with extended magazines, one handgun described as a “possible machine gun” with a silencer attached, $384,000 in cash, approximately 18 kilograms of cocaine, fentanyl, and crack cocaine with a value of approximately $750,000, and 11 pounds of marijuana with a value of approximately $22,000.
In addition to Cyprien, those arrested included Aderito Amado, 30, of Brockton; Johnathan Abreu, 20, of Taunton; Neylton Fontes, 33, of Brockton; Celsidonio Gonsalves, 19, of Fall River; Anisha Lopes, 20, of Weymouth; Leonardo Monteiro, 20, of Brockton; and Erica Vieira, 24, of Brockton.
Charges involved in this investigation include Trafficking in Cocaine 200+grams; Trafficking in Fentanyl 200+grams; Possession of a Machine Gun; Possession of a Large Capacity Firearm;Possession with Intent to Distribute Class B; Use of a Firearm in a Felony; Possessing Firearm without FID Card; Possession with Intent to Distribute Class D; and Improperly Secured Firearms.
The Quincy Police Department said the investigation is still ongoing and more details may be forthcoming. The Quincy Drug Control Unit was assisted by members of the South Shore Drug Task Force, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration Tactical Diversion Squad (TDS) Group in the execution of these warrants. The South Shore Drug Task Force is comprised of the following communities: Braintree; Weymouth; Randolph; Milton; Holbrook; Cohasset; Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office; and Quincy, as the host community. The purpose of this task force is to combine resources and work together for the residents of these communities.