7 arrested, 3 wanted in Massachusetts drug sweep

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) – A nine-month investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering has resulted in seven arrests and police are still working to track down three more suspects.

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday charged the 10 suspects in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in and around the Taunton and Worcester areas over the past two years, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.

Lelling’s office said the defendants “allegedly controlled and managed a lucrative and sophisticated drug trafficking and distribution ring in the region.”

The following suspects were arrested Wednesday:

Samuel Rodriguez, 59, of Taunton, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine; one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Jose Santos, 47, of Fall River, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Tina Rodriguez, 45, of Worcester, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Edgar Rios-Lopez, 38, of Naranjito, Puerto Rico, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

George Torres, 41, of Taunton, was charged with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

Debra Demoranville, 49, of Taunton, was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Ricardo Zayas Ramos, 21, of Pawtucket, R.I., was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

The following individuals are wanted fugitives:

Pedro Oyola, 33, of Cayay, Puerto Rico, is wanted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Luis Elias, 43, of Worcester, is wanted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments.

Angel Oyola, 35, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, is wanted on one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.

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