By William Levin –
Today, Vincent Caruso, 26, a/k/a “Fatz,” of Lynn was indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana and other controlled substances; one count of conspiracy to possess firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; one count of possession of a machine gun in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime; conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery (Hobbs Act robbery); and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
As a the result of an in investigation led by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, Caruso was arrested and charged by Complaint on June 30, 2021 along with co-conspirators Ernest Johnson, Laurie Caruso and Nicole Benton.
During this ongoing investigation it was determined by investigators that Caruso, an alleged Crip gang member, operated a large drug trafficking organization with multiple subordinates, to sell counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl to street gangs for further distribution on the North Shore.
It was also determined during the course of this investigation that Caruso possessed and used firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking activities. Caruso posted and messaged photos and videos using social media that depicted firearms and machine guns in his possession, large quantities of fentanyl that would be distributed by his organization, large amounts of cash and high-end jewelry.
It was further determined during the course of this investigation that Caruso conspired with others to conduct transactions in order to launder portions of the illegal proceeds of the drug trafficking operation.