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Officials displayed evidence seized in raids yesterday, including two kilos of heroin. (Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)

By Laura J. Nelson , Boston Globe

A  undercover drug investigation by a Massachusetts State Police trooper in East Boston that kicked off an international money laundering sting has led to the seizure of millions of dollars in heroin, cocaine, and drug money, and charges against 20 suspected associates of Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel. 

The multiagency and multinational investigation, spanning four years, was based on the work of an undercover Massachusetts State Police trooper in Boston who posed as a member of the drug trafficking ring, wiring money to cartel members through bank accounts around the world.

The 20 people arrested yesterday, who were captured in Massachusetts and Colombia, are all slated to be tried in Boston on charges of laundering drug money through the region, US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz said.

The DEA’s effort to “follow the money’’ from the initial pick-up, led agents through a tangled network of US businesses, Colombian exchange houses, the Black Market Peso Exchange, and bank accounts in multiple countries.

Officials estimated that as part of Operation Fire and Ice, they seized about $200 million in cash, more than 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 46 kilograms of heroin around the world.

“If we can hit them in the pocket, where it hurts, we can make a significant dent,’’ Ortiz said.

Included in the arrests were three suspects with ties to Boston: Julissa

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