• Investigators arrest 15 during North Shore drug, firearms probe

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    LYNN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Over a dozen men from the North Shore answered to drug trafficking and firearms charges in court on Thursday.

    Officials say a total of 15 men, mainly from Lynn and Revere, were arrested earlier in the day as the result of a state and federal probe into alleged activity on the North Shore. Of the 15 men, nine face federal indictments.

    The following men are facing federal charges:

    -  Michael Johnson, a/k/a Juni, a/k/a Junebug, 28, of Revere, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base;
    -  Kenny Bailey, a/k/a Bless, 22, of New Bedford, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base;
    -  Freddy Dunbar, a/k/a Fox, 26, of Revere, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base;
    -  Winford McRae, a/k/a E, 38, of Revere, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base;
    -  David Batista, 37, of Lynn, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin;
    -  Henry Mercado, a/k/a Chapo, 35, of Lynn, conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base;
    - Manuel Rivera, 29, of Lynn, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition;
    - Gilberto Echevarria, a/k/a/ Roberto Echevarria, a/k/a Alberto Echevarria, 40, of Lynn, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and distribution of heroin; and
    - Jermaine Rucker, 29, of Lynn, charged via complaint with conspiring to distribute crack cocaine.

    The following men are facing state charges:

    -  Quinnelle Wheeler (charges in Suffolk and Essex Counties)
    - Kevin Sanchez
    - Sigfredo Sanchez
    - Sulayman Abdul-Shafi
    - Damien Hutchinson

    A man named Javier Santiago-Rosado is also facing charges in Essex County as a result of the investigation.

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