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Nine Dominican nationals face deportation proceedings, including three previously deported brothers alleged to have run the drug trafficking operation

PROVIDENCE, RI – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Acting United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Stephen G. Dambruch, and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Field Division, today announce the dismantling of a significant drug trafficking organization importing substantial quantities of heroin and cocaine shipped from Mexico via the Southwest border of the United States directly into Rhode Island.

Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Dambruch noted in court documents that the Valdez Drug Trafficking Organization, run by three brothers, Hector Valdez, 47 and Claudio Valdez, 44, Dominican nationals living in Woonsocket, R.I., and Juan Valdez, 50, also a Dominican national living in Milton, Mass. The three brothers, who allegedly reentered the county after having been previously convicted of felony drug crimes and deported, arranged for several shipments of multi-kilograms of heroin and cocaine to be brought from Mexico to stash houses in Cranston and Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The drugs were then distributed to mid-level drug dealers and street dealers in the greater Providence and greater Boston areas and in Hartford, Connecticut.

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