Drug Trafficker Charged
United States vs. John Camacho
LOWELL, MA (March 30, 2012) – The United States Attorney’s Office honors the Lowell Police Department for collaborative investigative efforts. DEA task force officer Shaun Santos of the Lowell Police Department was one of the recipients. Santos along with task force agents from Boston, Bedford, Waltham and investigators from the DEA and the Massachusetts State Police were presented this award as a result of an elaborate money laundering and high level drug operation investigation that spanned countries such as Columbia, Mexico, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.
During the course of this investigation, DEA and the Massachusetts State Police along with Task Force Officers masterfully used multiple confidential informants, undercover agents, extensive physical surveillance and sophisticated electronic surveillance, including the first Title III-real time intercept of an e-mail account in the District, to infiltrate Camacho’s organization which had been active for 20 years. DEA agents would pose as high level money launders. They would negotiate a fee with drug dealers, pick up the money from the drug dealers and wire the money to drug trafficker’s accounts. This is considered to be one of the most successful take downs of a major drug and money case in recent memory. Seized as a result of this investigation 4,437 kilograms of cocaine, 7.2 kilograms of heroin, arrest of 78 individuals and seized approximately $10 million dollars.