There are many places in the U.S. associated with the illegal drug trade, but the state of Connecticut isn’t usually mentioned as one of those places. However, U.S. officials demonstrated this week the the U.S. war on drugs extends to the Northeast as well.
Reuters is reporting that around 100 people were arrested today in connection with heroin and cocaine trafficking. Authorities claim those arrested were part of two “gangs” that imported the drugs to Southeastern Connecticut from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.
The arrests took place in four different New England states (Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts), as well as in Puerto Rico. Those arrested will be tried in the U.S. District Court in New Haven.
The arrests came after a 15-month investigation led by federal prosecutors and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to the Reuters report, the investigation included “more than a dozen law-enforcement agencies.” In addition to the arrests, police claim that they seized money, weapons, and drugs during the bust.