Six Trinitarios Gang Members Charged in Multi-State Lottery Ticket Theft Ring

Six Trinitarios gang members charged in multi-state lottery ticket theft ring, resulting in 121 indictments after a 3-month multi-agency investigation dubbed 'Operation Smash & Cash'.

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Six Trinitarios Gang Members Charged in Multi-State Lottery Ticket Theft Ring

Six Trinitarios Gang Members Charged in Multi-State Lottery Ticket Theft Ring

Six men affiliated with the Trinitarios gang have been charged in a multi-state lottery ticket theft ring that targeted convenience stores in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from February to April 2023. The investigation, dubbed 'Operation Smash & Cash,' involved a three-month multi-agency approach that led to 121 indictments.

The robberies involved breaking into stores and stealing hundreds of Massachusetts scratch tickets, resulting in the loss of approximately $50,000 worth of lottery tickets. The suspects were arrested on Wednesday and arraigned on charges including felony breaking and entering, larceny, wanton destruction of property, receiving stolen property, money laundering, and improper use of credit cards.

Arrest and search warrants were executed by a coalition of law enforcement agencies in several cities, including Revere, Lawrence, Methuen, Swampscott, and Lynn, Massachusetts, as well as several towns in New Hampshire. The Essex District Attorney's Office worked with state and local law enforcement agencies for three months to investigate the robberies across multiple communities in the two states.

Why this matters: The multi-state lottery ticket theft ring highlights the organized criminal activities of gangs like the Trinitarios. The successful multi-agency investigation and indictments demonstrate the importance of collaboration among law enforcement in combating cross-jurisdictional crimes.

The case is being prosecuted by the Essex District Attorney's Office. "These defendants allegedly participated in an organized criminal enterprise that broke into convenience stores and stole lottery tickets," said Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett. The arrests and indictments are the result of the coordinated efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies across Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Key Takeaways

  • 6 Trinitarios gang members charged in multi-state lottery ticket theft ring
  • Robberies targeted convenience stores in MA and NH, resulting in $50K loss
  • 121 indictments issued after 3-month multi-agency investigation, 'Operation Smash & Cash'
  • Suspects arrested on charges including breaking and entering, larceny, money laundering
  • Coordinated efforts of law enforcement agencies across 2 states led to arrests