A Newburyport-based cocaine ring

DEA Agent Helps Bust Drug Ring Shelley Murphy Boston Herald [Boston, MA] September 5, 1990

A federal Drug Enforcement Administration agent helped topple a Newburyport-based cocaine ring by posing as a Colombian drug supplier, according to court testimony yesterday. 

The undercover agent - who is Puerto Rican - was so convincing in his role  that Dennis Brown allegedly confided details of his cocaine business while negotiating to buy drugs from the agent.

Brown, 33, a Newburyport native now living in Kensington, N.H., told the undercover agent he'd been in the drug trade since 1976 and was selling 10 to 20 kilograms of cocaine a week, testified DEA Special Agent Steven Story. 

The undercover agent, whose identity wasn't revealed in court, heads the Boston Drug Task Force. 

Brown, who allegedly threatened a confidential informant during the two-year probe, was among seven people charged with federal cocaine trafficking charges.

U.S. Magistrate Lawrence Cohen has ordered Brown, Alfonso Velasquez-Londono, 25, of Revere; Michael Linsky, 29. of Seabrook N.H.; Steven Makos, 32, of Newburyport; Richard "Ian" Noyes, 32, of Amesbury; and Jeffrey Robbins, 35, of Amesbury, held without bail pending a detention hearing Friday. 

Brown's common-law wife, Tracy Davis, 32, was released on a $200,000 bond secured by her New Hampshire home. 

Newburyport launched the probe and was joined by DEA, New Hampshire and Massachusetts State Police, and the Merrimack, Rowley, Salisbury, Amesbury, Danvers, West Newbury, Peabody, Newbury, Ipswich, Salem, and Hampton, N.H., police. 



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