Another man connected to the 2011 “Operation: Buzzards Prey” drug bust has been sentenced for his role in the Cape Cod-based drug-dealing operation.
The US Department of Justice issued Monday a press release announcing that 29-year-old Kelvin Frye of East Wareham, previously of Falmouth, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role as co-ringleader 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.”
Mr. Frye, who is well-known to Upper Cape police, was convicted in December along with 31-year-old Russell Rose of Randolph, who last month was also sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Mr. Frye and Mr. Rose are among 27 individuals arrested as part of a two-year multi-jurisdictional investigation dubbed “Operation: Buzzards Prey,” which netted two kilograms of cocaine and more than 300 grams of heroin.
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.
Including Mr. Frye and Mr. Rose, 17 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; 25-year-old Michael Andrews of Falmouth, who was sentenced to 11 years; 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.
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.