On Thursday November 7, 2019, officers assigned to the District B-2 (Roxbury) Drug Control Unit executed several search warrants as part of a large scale drug investigation in a coordinated effort involving multiple BPD Drug Control Units from across the city, members of the Brockton Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police as well as partners within the DEA Strike Force and the FBI Task Force. This investigation was focused on the illegal distribution of fentanyl over the course of several months in the Mission Hill section of Roxbury.
Officers simultaneously executed search warrants for one of the targets of the investigation, Alan Soto, 29, of Brockton, his motor vehicle, as well as residences on Thatcher Street in Hyde Park and Welsford Street in Brockton. As a result of their combined efforts, officers were able to seize over 5,100 grams of fentanyl, four firearms including a .380 Bersa handgun, a .38 caliber Smith &Wesson revolver, a .22 caliber Ruger handgun and a 9mm Ekol ALP2 9mm handgun as well as more than $27,000.00 in U.S. Currency.
Officers continued their investigation which led to the acquisition of an additional search warrant for a storage unit in the area of 290 Southampton Street in Roxbury. The execution of this warrant led to the discovery and seizure of a mobile fentanyl processing lab, multiple drug presses as well an additional 600 grams of fentanyl and several rounds of various calibers of ammunition.
Officers placed Soto in custody without incident and also arrested Cruz Budhai-Soto, 28, of Brockton, as a result of this investigation. Both suspects are scheduled to appear in Roxbury District Court on numerous charges including Trafficking Class A Drugs, Distribution of Class A Drugs, Conspiracy to Violate the Drug Laws in addition to multiple firearm related charges.