Federal prosecutors say seven people have been indicted for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to ship drugs from California to Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
The U.S. attorney's office in Rhode Island says more than 200 packages containing "significant quantities" of heroin and cocaine were shipped from the Los Angeles area to dozens of rented commercial mailboxes in greater Providence and southeastern Massachusetts. The mailboxes were rented by people using fraudulent driver's licenses.
In exchange, more than 100 packages containing large amounts of cash were allegedly sent from New England to California.
Prosecutors say many of the mailings and the retrieval of packages were captured on video surveillance.