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Fifteen men, all but one from suburbs west of Boston, were arrested Thursday by federal agents on charges of participating in an illegal drug ring that was based in Natick and sold large numbers of oxycodone pills.
The arrests capped a four-month investigation that included tapping the phones of the suspects, all of whom were charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, the US attorney’s office said.
The complaint alleges that Michael Bourque, 42, of Natick, used his shipping company, DEX Corp., as a front for a wholesale drug-trafficking that started as early as February 2011 and continued through April. Bourque allegedly received drugs through various narcotic suppliers.
According to federal authorities, the 15 men illegally purchased, sold, or distributed wholesale amounts of oxycodone.