A months-long investigation by state and local agencies into a drug trafficking group operating in Boston and Revere led to the arrest of two men on Tuesday, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Authorities said Jorge Luis Mendez-Baez, 26, of Mattapan, and Luis Medina-Feliciano, 40, of the South End, were arrested after they sold more than 200 grams of heroin to an undercover state trooper. Police allegedly found 17 baggies of heroin on Medina-Feliciano when he was arrested.
The two Boston men were arraigned on Wednesday in Chelsea District Court on charges including drug trafficking, according to the DA’s office.
Authorities said the investigation began in October 2015 when state police first introduced a trooper to Mendez-Baez. The investigation was expanded to include Boston and Revere police, as well as members of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration task force.
State and Boston police seized more than two kilograms of a substance believed to be either heroin or fentanyl, a powder believed to be a cutting agent, and a semiautomatic handgun while executing search warrants at both men’s homes.
Mendez-Baez was charged with distribution of a Class B substance, trafficking more than 200 grams of a Class B substance, three counts of trafficking in a Class A substance, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws, according to the DA’s office. Medina-Feliciano was charged with distribution of a Class B substance as a second or subsequent offense, trafficking a Class A substance, and conspiracy to violate the state’s drug laws.
“When opiate overdoses in Suffolk County claim more than three times as many lives as illegal firearms, we can’t pretend that heroin trafficking is a victimless crime,’’ Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said in a statement. “When police recover a handgun next to several pounds of narcotics, we can’t pretend that a drug trafficker is a nonviolent offender. This was careful, methodical work to disrupt a high-level narcotics distribution group, and it could very well save lives in Boston and beyond.’’
Bail for both men was set at $50,000 and they were ordered to stay away from each other while the case is pending.
An attorney for Mendez- Baez declined to comment. An attorney for Medina-Feliciano did not immediately return a request for comment.