The State Police Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office received the Outstanding Collaborative Investigation Award in Boston last Wednesday. The award, part of the Law Enforcement Public Service Awards 2014, was presented by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz at the Federal District Courthouse in Boston, according to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office.
State Police working with the FBI, the United States Postal Inspectors Service, the IRS, the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office and the Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Barnstable, Braintree and Scituate Police Departments conducted an investigation over the course of several years into a large-scale drug operation funneling heroin and cocaine to Cape Cod. On March 31, 2011, thirty individuals, including the two ring leaders, Kelvin Frye and Russell Rose were arrested during a multi-agency sweep known as Operation Buzzards Prey.
According to the DA's Office, all of the federal defendants were convicted, except one who died awaiting trial. All eleven state defendants were convicted.
In December 2012, Frye and Rose were both found guilty of distribution cocaine and heroin on the Upper Cape. In May 2013 the two were sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
"This is an example of what can be accomplished when agencies work together," said Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe who attended the ceremony last week.