Major drug trafficking operation in New Bedford dismantled

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – A year-long investigation called “Operation Lunch Break” has ended with the dismantling of a massive drug trafficking operation out of New Bedford.

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The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that authorities executed multiple search and arrest warrants in connection with the Geraldo Rivera Drug Trafficking Organization.

Authorities determined that Geraldo Rivera, along with other “skilled drug traffickers,” were responsible for distributing two kilograms of fentanyl and one kilogram of cocaine to drug distributors every month.

Rivera was found dangerous by a New Bedford District Court judge and ordered held without bail on Tuesday.

During Friday’s searches and arrests, authorities seized over 100 grams of fentanyl and over 50 grams of cocaine, along with $14k in cash.

The people arrested in Friday’s searches are:

– Geraldo Rivera, 35, four counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

-David Cruz, 26, four counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws

-Nyel Paris-Villanueva, 23, distribute class B drug; trafficking in excess of 36 grams of a Class A drug and six counts of conspiracy to violate the drug laws

-Sergio Velasquez, trafficking in excess of 18 grams of cocaine and conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

-Jessenia Camacho, 27, conspiracy to violate the drug laws.

-Jose Quinones, 34, conspiracy to violate the drug laws,.

-Jack Neves, 25, conspiracy to violate the drug laws

-Edgar Hernandez-Casiano, 30, conspiracy to violate the drug laws

-Courtney Reynolds, 22, conspiracy to violate there drug laws

-Xavier Thompson, 27, conspiracy to violate the drug laws

-Flor Echevarria, 69, conspiracy to violate the drug laws

Two search warrants were also carried out in Rhode Island. State authorities seized $10K in cash and arrested Hector Concepcion, 34, allegedly a drug courier.

During the investigation, Bristol County Superior Court granted authorization to intercept four phone lines used by the organization. Authorities also observed and captured events related to drug purchases.

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