The co-leader of a major drug ring operating on the Upper Cape was this week sentenced to spend the next 25 years in federal prison.
A press release issued this week by the FBI’s Lakeville regional office announced that 31-year-old Russell Rose of Randolph would spend the next quarter-century in prison following his December conviction on charges stemming from a two-year multi-jurisdictional investigation.
Mr. Rose was convicted along with co-ringleader, 29-year-old Kelvin Frye of East Wareham, previously of Falmouth, who is still awaiting sentencing.
They were among 27 individuals arrested as part of what the FBI described as “an entrenched conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin in Falmouth, Mashpee, Bourne, and the surrounding areas of Cape Cod.” The investigation leading to their arrests, dubbed “Operation Buzzards Prey,” netted two kilograms of cocaine and more than 300 grams of heroin.
So far 15 people have been convicted in connection with the case, including 38-year-old Jeremy Wobecky of Falmouth, who was sentenced to 44 months in prison; and 31-year-old Kyle S. Hicks of Marstons Mills, formerly of Mashpee, who was sentenced to 10 years.
One suspect died awaiting trial, and in December 2011, 48-year-old Brian J. Hunt of East Falmouth received one year of probation for conspiracy to violate drug laws. Court documents stated Mr. Hunt accepted cocaine and cash in exchange for the use of a limousine he owned as part of his business, Executive Transportation.
The FBI stated that the operation transported drugs through the mail and used an unnamed vacation resort in Falmouth as their base of operations, storing and preparing the drugs there before distributing them for sale via street-level dealers.
Michael D. O’Keefe, the Cape and Islands district attorney, Chief Edward A. Dunne of the Falmouth Police Department, Chief Rodney C. Collins of the Mashpee Police Department, Chief Dennis R. Woodside of the Bourne Police Department, and Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings were acknowledged for their respective departments’ contribution to the investigation.