BUZZARDS BAY – The State Police unit attached to the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s office was recognized with an “outstanding collaborative investigation” award this week for its investigative work on “Buzzards Prey” a large scale drug operation on Cape Cod.
Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe said, “This is an example of what can be accomplished when agencies work together.” His office’s attorneys prosecuted the state cases that were put together as a result of the arrests made in the operation.
The award was presented by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz at the Federal Courthouse in Boston and comes in recognition of a major drug bust on Cape which saw 30 suspects arrested and charged in federal or state court.
All of the federal defendants were convicted except one who died before trial and 11 of the state defendants were convicted.
The two leaders of the conspiracy, Kelvin Frye and Russell Rose, each received sentences of 25 years in federal prison.
Besides the Cape DA office’s unit, the bust was a cooperative effort the FBI and police departments in Falmouth, Bourne, Mashpee, Barnstable, Braintree, and Scituate, along with the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, United States Postal Inspector Service and the United States Internal Revenue Service.