50 people charged in ‘Operation Flaco’ narcotics investigation
In late August 2013, the Marlborough Police Department Investigations Unit initiated an undercover narcotics investigation titled “Operation Flaco”. This investigation was a joint inquiry with members of the Hudson Police Department detective unit and targeted individuals who were distributing narcotics in both Marlborough and Hudson. The investigation was led by Detectives Jack Manning and Brian Langelier of Marlborough and Detective Scott Chaulk of Hudson and utilized a police officer working in an undercover capacity. The investigation targeted street level dealers whose activities are most visible to our residents and who pose the greatest risk to the public, as their distribution begins a criminal cycle of supply and demand.
On December 11, 2013, the Marlborough Police Department coordinated a multiagency effort to locate and arrest the targets of this 3 ½ month investigation. Members of the Hudson Police Department, Sudbury Police Department, Central Middlesex Area Criminal Task Force (CMACTF), and Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms worked cohesively to locate 26 of the 40 warrants which were sought and issued by the Marlborough District Court for drug violations including charges of: Conspiracy to Violate the Controlled Substance Act, Distribution and/or Possession of Class A(Heroin), Class B(Cocaine), Class C(Hydrocodone), Class D(Marijuana), Class E(Xanex), Distribution within a School Zone, Intimidation of a Witness, and Larceny Over $250. In addition, officers conducted search warrants at 6 residences in both Marlborough and Hudson which resulted in the seizure of cellphones, various amounts of cash, computers, and vehicles.
Furthermore, a loaded large-capacity firearm was recovered as a result of the arrest of a suspect in Marlborough. In total, the investigation resulted in 50 persons being charged with over 300 crimes from over 100 purchases of narcotics. Detectives were also able to infiltrate an organized group of persons involved in heroin distribution in the Framingham, Marlborough, and Hudson areas.
Investigations such as this are both time-consuming and labor intensive and involve countless hours of surveillance, paperwork, and research. However, the police departments who conduct narcotic investigations also rely on information provided by the public and the assistance given to the officers by residents- residents who see and hear about drug activity and take the time to contact the police and provide information. The partnership which develops between the departments and the residents of the community is essential in successfully combatting drug distribution in our communities. The Marlborough Police Department and Hudson Police Department will continue to investigate drug distribution within our respective communities and welcome any information or cooperation which residents can provide to assist in these efforts.
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