MANCHESTER – Twenty-five people wanted on federal warrants are under arrest after early morning citywide drug raids in the city.
The sweep, coordinated by the FBI Safe Streets and Manchester Police Special Investigative Unit, targeted gangs including the Bloods, Latin Kings, Latin Gangster Disciples, Folk Nation and Brothers of the White Warriors, according to Manchester Police Capt. Kevin Kelly.
Arrests were made across the city and police are looking for five more individuals wanted for illegal firearms or drugs, he said. Five of those charged were already being held on other charges and two were charged with bank robbery.
"I am very pleased with the outcome," said Police Chief David Mara. About 70 federal, state and local law enforcement officers gathered at the police station at 4:30 a.m. for a briefing before heading out at 6 a.m.
State police and city SWAT teams raided two separate addresses simultaneously with the city team hitting 9 Blucher St. on the city's West Side and state police taking 290 Central St. in the Inner City. Mara said SWAT was used at those addresses because investigators had information guns could be found there making the situation potentially dangerous.
Teams of officers made the other arrests.
"The bottom line is this was all about making Manchester safe and improving the quality of life of the residents," Mara said.
Those arrested ran several different drug operations in the city and represent mid- to high-level drug dealers, according to Kelly.
"It was a tremendous success from a public safety standpoint," he said.
Some of the warrants were obtained after a year-long investigation and the entire case involved about a dozen departments and agencies including the FBI, Manchester, State, Nashua, Lowell, Mass. and Lawrence, Mass. police departments, the DEA, ICE and ATF.
Not all of those arrested lived in the city - arrests were made in Nashua and Lowell as well.
- Carlos Ramirez, 24, of Nashua, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine;
- Erick Ramirez, 28, of Nashua, conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
- Jose Santos Rodriguez, 30, of Manchester, distribution of cocaine;
- Gilberto Brown, 36, of Lowell, conspiracy to distribute cocaine;
- Wiljado Cruz, Jr., 32, of Manchester, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine;
- David Gabriel, 34, of Manchester, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine;
- Raymond Alleyne, 27, of Manchester, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon;
- Roney White, 19, of Manchester, distribution of crack cocaine;
- Miguel Rodriguez, 34, of Manchester, who was already in custody, distribution of cocaine;
- Antonio Clough, 27, of Manchester, already being held, distribution of cocaine;
- Kathy Vazquez, 29, of Lawrence, Mass., conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and distribution of crack cocaine;
- Earrie Fenderson, 29, of Manchester, already in custody, distribution of cocaine;
- Phillip Yee, age 38, of Andover, Mass., possession of cocaine with the intention of distributing it;
- Edgar Feliciano, 36, of Manchester, already in custody, distribution of heroin;
- Nicholas Obando,38, of Manchester, distribution of heroin;
- Luis Garcia, 26, of Manchester, distribution of heroin;
- Geraldine Brown, 44, of Manchester, distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodoneand aiding and abetting the distribution of crack cocaine;
- Adalberto Miranda, 31, of Manchester, distribution of crack cocaine;
- Frank Robitaille, 26, of Manchester, distribution of cocaine;
- Natasha Robitaille, 22, of Manchester, distribution of cocaine;
- Matthew Denton, 30, of Manchester, aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine;
- Xavier Morales, 22, of Manchester, currently in custody, distribution of cocaine;
- Raymond Marbury, 40, of Bristol, distribution of cocaine;
- Benjamin Covell, 20, of Manchester, bank robbery;
- Aaron Paley, 43, of Merrimack, Mass., bank robbery.
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