A series of arrests today were meant to break up a Jamaica Plain gang whose long-running fighting with a rival gang left three dead in a gun/knife battle inside a Centre Street pizza place in 2010.
Local and federal officials today announced 14 arrests, including that of Juan Guzman, the alleged ringleader of the Boylston Street gang, whom authorities said continued to run a massive coke operation even after he was thrown into MCI Concord after a drug conviction last year. Guzman was arrested in 2009 for participation in a double shooting in Jamaica Plain.
In a statement, Suffolk County DA Dan Conley said the ring was a multi-million drug-importing business:
The investigation has revealed shipments of as much as 40 kilograms of cocaine at a time coming into Boston through this group, with yearly imports believed to be in the hundreds of kilograms. Some of that cocaine was obtained through controlled purchases and tested at greater than 90% purity.
The ongoing feud between the Boylston and Mozart gangs, mostly centered around Egleston Square, often led to violence. In August, 2010, five people were shot in a single incident on Washington Street.
Mozart associates have had their own issues with law enforcement. Last year, three alleged members were arrested after being spotted leaving a gun range their past convictions were supposed to bar them from.