Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office today announced charges against 21 people for their alleged participation in a drug ring that imported heroin, cocaine, and marijuana into the Boston area.
Rafael "Chi Chi" Peguero, 43, of Dorchester, was ordered held in lieu of $2 million dollars at his arraignment today, the DA's office says. Peguero was allegedly at the top of the ring with two other men, both held without bail until authorities can positively identify them.
According to police and the DA, ring members - who lived verywhere from Beacon Hill to Duxbury and Salem - were, at a minimum, charged with conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.
The arrests came as the culmination of "a lengthy wiretap investigation," codenamed "Operation Limehouse," after an opium-soaked area of 19th-century London.