Law enforcement authorities on Cape Cod say they have broken up a large scale heroin and cocaine distribution ring operating in the area.
27 people were arrested Thursday on state and federal charges stemming from a long-term cell phone wiretap investigation which began in 2008, and resulted in the seizure of two kilograms of cocaine and more than 300 grams of heroin.
Authorities say that among the leaders of the “entrenched drug trafficking organization” are 28-year-old Kelvin Frye, who went by multiple names including “Cool Kel, of East Wareham , and Russell Rose, aka “Double R” and “Baby Russell”, of Randolph. Both have been previously indicted on federal conspiracy drug charges and are in federal custody awaiting trial. Each faces up to 40 years in federal prison if convicted.
Multiple agencies including the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston, the FBI, the Cape and Islands district attorney’s office, the U.S. Postal Service as well as Falmouth and Mashpee police were involved in the investigation.