Prosecutors say JP's Boylston Street Gang had evolved into a high-level drug operation that was largely taken down Monday in a series of raids.
Boston Police and FBI agents executed 16 search and seizure warrants in Boston, Milton and Canton on Monday morning. Fourteen arrests were made, and other charges may follow, prosecutors said in a statement.
The raids, coming after 13 months of investigation, strike a blow at the Boylston Street gang. That group is perhaps best known in Jamaica Plain for its ongoing feud with the Mozart Street crew — bad blood that caused, among other violent incidents, the in November 2010 that left three men dead.
Here's how Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley put it in a press statement about Monday's raids:
"Based on intelligence developed by the Boston Police Youth Violence Strike Force, Special Investigations Unit, and Boston Regional Intelligence Center, we believe many of these individuals are active, driving members of the Boylston street gang, which has been engaged in a deadly feud with its Mozart rivals for almost five years now."
To see photos of the persons arrested Monday, and descriptions of their alleged crimes and roles in the drug network, page through the attached gallery.
"The Guzman Drug Trafficking Organization was a street gang that grew into a massive, homegrown criminal syndicate," Conley said in his statement.
Prosecutors say Juan "White Boy" Guzman continued to run the ring from state prison. Two of the persons arrested Monday have JP addresses:
- Maria Guzman of Forest Hills Street, Guzman’s sister, is a judicial secretary at Dorchester Juvenile Court. Prosecutors said she maintained bank accounts and a safety deposit box with drug proceeds.
- Thomas "Alex" Lugo Jr., also of Forest Hills Street, is alleged to be a distributor in the network.
In addition to the persons in the accompanying photo gallery, the investigation targeted Numitor "Amaury" Vallejo, 134 Crawford St., of Roxbury. He is alleged to be a distributor in the network.