Bristol County DA reveals details of ‘Operation Ghost’ fentanyl bust


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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – Law enforcement in Bristol County has revealed the details of a year-long investigation into a major fentanyl trafficking operation in southeastern Massachusetts.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn held a press conference Tuesday morning elaborating on the conclusion of “Operation Ghost” – a multi-agency investigation that took narcotics and drug dealers off the streets.

The year-long investigation resulted in the seizure of nearly 6 kilograms of fentanyl and the arrests of over 20 New Bedford area residents.

District Attorney Quinn said “Operation Ghost” may be the largest fentanyl bust in Bristol County’s history.

The investigation was funded through a $3 million dollar federal grant awarded to Attorney General Maura Healey’s office to combat the opioid epidemic and disrupt fentanyl trafficking in Massachusetts.

New Bedford resident Orlando Badillo, 40, was identified as the alleged leader of the trafficking organization.

District Attorney Quinn said they he will continue pushing for bail reform. He said many of the high-profile drug dealers are easily able to pay cash bail and continue pushing drugs on the street.

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