Federal authorities today arrested 15 men they said were part of a oxycodone distribution ring in MetroWest.
The men distributed “thousands of oxcodone pills” over the past two years, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Those arrested were Michael Bourque
, 42, Frank McGuire, 42, and Christopher Yancy, 41, all of Natick
; Corey Assencoa
, 43, of Hopkinton
; Mark Newton, 27, of Hudson
; Robert Hagennars
, 37, Barry Goolst
, 52, Phillip Goolst
, 49, Thomas Ehwa
, 26, all of Waltham
; Brian Chisholm, 44, and Raymond Panaggio
, 44, both of Newton; Michael Roy, 32, of Milford; Sean Cotter, 41, of Acton; Mark Ouellette
, 43, of Shirley and John Kinney, 29, of Woburn
They were all charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, and face up to 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised released and a $1 million fine, the press release said.
Authorities used a wiretap during the four-month investigation into the drug ring, the press release said.
, the owner of DEX Corporation on West Central Street, Natick
, used the shipping company as a front for the drug trafficking
, investigators said.
The U.S. District Attorney’s Office said Bourque sold thousands of pills to both re-distributors and drug customers. Yancey, Phillip, Barry Goolst and McGuire were runners who distributed the pills and collected money.
On March 29, Oullette and Cotter sold 700 pills to Bourque, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. When authorities searched Ouellette’s Shirley home they found 1,500 to 2,000 pills, more than $30,000 and a loaded gun.
The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency
, the FBI
, Homeland Security, the IRS
as well as several other federal agencies and the Fraamingham
, Newton, Lexington, Arlington, Holliston
, Acton and Milford Police departments.
For more on this story, see Friday’s edtiion of the MetroWest Daily News.