Two men were arrested last week and a large amount of drugs and cash were seized following a narcotics investigation that began in Acton and Boxborough, law enforcement officials said.
Authorities seized 830 OxyContin tablets, 180 grams of heroin and more than $70,000 in cash after a motor vehicle stop in Framingham and a search warrant was executed in Boston, according to a joint press release from Acton, Boxborough and State police.
Frantz Cantave of Hyde Park and Kevin Jean of Lynn were arraigned on Sept. 19 in West Roxbury District Court on charges of conspiracy to violate state drug laws and other offenses.
Cantave was charged with trafficking in more than 100 grams of heroin, trafficking in more than 18 grams of OxyContin, and conspiracy, according to the press release. He was ordered held on $20,000 bail.
Jean was charged with possession of a Class B substance with intent to distribute, and conspiracy. He was released on recognizance after his arraignment.
The investigation that led to the arrests began about two months ago when the newly formed Acton Police Drug Unit, working with the Boxborough Police, developed information about drug distribution in the two towns.
The men were followed by investigators to Staples drive in Framingham, where State Police and DEA special agents allegedly recovered about 130 30mg tablets of OxyContin and a large amount of cash from the men.
In a search of Cantave's home, troopers and special agents recovered an additional 700 OxyContin tablets and about 180 grams of heroin, along with a powdery substance believed to be a cutting agent and more currency, police said. The total cash seizure was $70,951.
“Narcotics aren’t just a big city problem," said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley. "The investigation that led us to this point proves that. We have every reason to believe that the drugs seized in this case were intended for distribution in communities large and small across Massachusetts. This was great work by local, state, and federal partners.”
Shandana Mufti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.