State Police and MetroWest Drug Task Force Uncover Large-scale Drug Operation in Framingham

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Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Massachusetts State Police and the MetroWest Drug Task Force overseen by the Framingham Police Department, July 12, announced the seizure of more than 650 grams of suspected heroin, over 350 grams of suspected cocaine and approximately $60,000 cash in connection with a large scale drug operation being run out of Boston and Middlesex County. The packaging of the heroin is consistent with branded narcotics possibly cut with fentanyl and often referred to on the street as “fire.”

 The seizure was a result of an over nine month investigation into an alleged large scale drug distribution operation that involved the training and management of several drug runners believed to be operating out of a Hewins Street location in Boston and delivering drugs to customers in Natick and Framingham and throughout Middlesex County.

On July 12 at approximately 11:35 a.m. investigators executed a search warrant on a vehicle known to them through the investigation in the Route 9 area of Natick.  Upon searching the vehicle investigators allegedly located money, 55 clear plastic bags of a brown powder substance that appeared to be heroin and approximately 39 clear plastic bags of a white powder substance that appeared to be cocaine.  The driver of the vehicle Johann Gonzalez, 26, of Boston, was arrested and charged with trafficking over 200 grams of heroin, conspiracy, and identity fraud. He was scheduled to be arraigned July 13 in Natick District Court.

 Police subsequently executed a search warrant at a Woodgate Street residence in Boston where they located additional money and suspected heroin and cocaine.  The occupant of the home Jaime Colon-Bermudez, 31, of Boston was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking heroin over 200 grams, conspiracy, and identity fraud. The arraignment was scheduled for July 13 in Dorchester District Court.

 A third search warrant was also executed at a Hewins Street location in Boston.

 Additional packaging materials and approximately 600 grams of suspected heroin and cocaine were located. Three vehicles were also seized as a result of the investigation.