4 arrested in large scale Boston, Cape Cod opioid trafficking

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BOSTON — Four people have been accused of running a large-scale opioid trafficking operation in Boston and on Cape Cod.

According to court documents, authorities said law enforcement conducted a wiretap investigation into narcotics trafficking on Cape Cod. Investigators learned that James Ramirez, 55, of Boston, and Jose Solivan, 40, a Dominican national residing in Boston, along with others were supplying two brothers with large quantities of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

Authorities said Alex Fraga, 25, the owner of Scottie’s Pizza in Hyannis, and his brother Kevin Fraga, 24, were getting the drugs from vehicles outfitted with “hides” to conceal the drugs from law enforcement. In one case, Kevin Fraga received a kilogram of narcotics and fentanyl pills from Ramirez on Cape Cod.

Over the course of the investigation, authorities said investigators made three controlled substance purchases from Ramirez. Each purchase included 100 fentanyl pills designed to look like oxycodone, with each 100 pack of pills containing 10 grams of fentanyl.

After a meeting between Ramirez and Kevin Fraga on Aug. 16, investigators stopped Fraga’s vehicle for a traffic violation and obtained search warrants for his vehicle and other areas Fraga frequented.

Authorities said they recovered over 300 grams of a heroin and fentanyl mixture and hundreds of fentanyl pills from the search. More than 1,200 fentanyl pills were recovered from Ramirez’s residence and over 50 grams of heroin were taken from Solivan.

The Fraga brothers were arrested on Aug. 17. They’re facing charges, including one count of possession of fentanyl/heroin with intent to distribute and two counts of attempted possession of fentanyl/heroin with intent to distribute. Ramirez and Solivan were arrested Aug. 22 and are facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine.

“Large-scale narcotics trafficking in Massachusetts is destroying lives and entire communities,” said acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb. “This was an important investigation that led investigators from Boston to Cape Cod and removed suspected deadly fentanyl-laced pills from the streets. Those pills would have put lives at risk.”

All of the charges carry a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.