‘Operation Ghost’: 11 arrested in fentanyl trafficking ring investigation

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – Eleven New Bedford area residents were arrested Tuesday morning in connection with a large-scale fentanyl trafficking ring.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office announced that a year-long, multi-agency investigation dubbed “Operation Ghost” resulted in almost a dozen arrests throughout New Bedford and the surrounding area.

The following individuals were arrested and charged in connection with the investigation:

  • Maria Carrion, 42, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and trafficking fentanyl.
  • Orlando Badillo, 40, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and trafficking fentanyl.
  • Pedro Cruz, 38, of New Bedford, is charged with trafficking Fentanyl, conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Samuel Gonzalez Lopez, 51, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl.
  • Kelly Rodrigues, 29, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and possession with intent to distribute a class A substance-subsequent offense
  • Elizabeth Andrews, 31, of Fairhaven, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl.
  • Robert Peguero, 48, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and trafficking fentanyl.
  • Heather Cabral, 38, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl.
  • Lisa Telfair, 57, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl and trafficking fentanyl.
  • Xiomara Rivera, 51, of New Bedford, is charged with conspiracy to traffick fentanyl.
  • Alberto Suazo, of Easton, is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a class B drug.

Investigators also seized large quantities of suspected Fentanyl and tens of thousands of dollars in cash during the execution of warrants Tuesday morning.

“Operation Ghost” was made possible through the collaboration of The Bristol County DA’s office, State Police Detective Unit, Dartmouth Police, New Bedford Police, the Attorney General’s State Police Detective Unit, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Homeland Security’s Boston Office and various other units of the Massachusetts State Police.

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