State and local police yesterday arrested 20 suspected narcotics dealers in Fall River, part of a targeted effort aimed at interdicting street level drug sales. An additional 18 suspects have been identified and are presently being sought.
The arrests were the long investigation by the State Police Gang Unit, the Southeastern Massachusetts Gang Task Force, and the Fall River Police Department Vice and Special Operations Unit. The targets of the sweep are charged with offenses related to the distribution of heroin, crack cocaine, and marijuana within the city.
Troopers from the State Police Detective Unit for Bristol County and the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section assisted gang unit troopers and officers with the arrests. A member of the Massachusetts Parole Board also assisted.
The Fall River sweeps were one component of the State Police Department’s ongoing mission to disrupt illegal distribution of narcotics in Massachusetts cities and towns. Specifically, the investigation and sweeps, along with recent sweeps in Lawrence and Holyoke, were part of the State Police’s Heroin Initiative. Approximately 20 suspected dealers were arrested in each of the sweepsThe cooperation of and coordination with local police departments, such as the Fall River Police in this investigation, are vital to the success of this mission.