Over 2 Dozen Arrested In Gun And Drug Sweep, Including City Of Boston Employee

In a sweeping drug and gun bust, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling on Thursday morning announced charges against 29 people in Boston and Brockton.

According to a statement, 25 of the suspects were arrested on federal and state charges, two were already in custody, and two remain at large.

Among those arrested Thursday was Gary Jamal Webster, who worked for the Boston Planning & Development Agency as a project manager. Webster, 35, of Boston, was charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and fentanyl.

The agency said in a statement that it found the allegations "deeply troubling" and placed Webster on administrative leave, effective immediately.

Webster also is a former aide to Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, where he was employed until taking the planning agency job in August 2017.

Also among those charged is 63-year-old Terrell Walker, who served 18 years in prison after being charged with involvement in the murder of Boston Police Detective John Schroeder in 1973.

Lelling’s office says the law enforcement operation targeted “impact players and repeat offenders” in the two cities who had been previously convicted on violence, gun and drug trafficking charges in an investigation that began in April 2016. During that time, law enforcement seized 15 guns and seized or purchased large amounts of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine.

During a press conference Thursday, Lelling said those charged had long criminal histories.

“One defendant today has been arraigned 73 times  — and that’s just as an adult — including 22 gun offenses, 25 narcotic offenses and 14 crimes of violence, dating back to 1989," Lelling said.

The two defendants who remain at large have not been identified.

With additional reporting by The Associated Press


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