Lowell Man One of Dozens Charged in Federal Drug Sweep
A Sun Staff report
BOSTON -- A Lowell man was one of several dozen individuals arrested as part of the Department of Justice’s drug sweep on Thursday in the Lawrence area.
Edilberto Calle-Alvarez, 23, of Lowell, was charged with various drug offenses, including conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
As part of Thursday’s sweep, about 35 defendants were charged with federal and state offenses, and nine are at large.
Thirteen criminal aliens were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will be processed for removal from the U.S., and 14 are at large.
The arrests were the culmination of a number of federal investigations dubbed Operation Law and Order, which targeted impact players and repeat offenders in the Lawrence area, and those with criminal records who are in the country illegally.
Thursday’s operation involved more than 200 federal law enforcement agents from all over New England. During the investigations, law enforcement officers bought or seized about 10 kilos of fentanyl.