The state and federal law enforcement officers arrested 50 people in Connecticut on Friday as part of a massive undercover operation that resulted in the seizure of thousands of heroin, gun and $ 1
According to Fox 61, detective issued 92 warrants for the 52 suspects, with fees ranging from drug sales, conspiracy on drug sales, firearms crimes and school zone possession. Thirteen police teams conducted these warrants in a series of races over the silent Connecticut city.
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The arrest phase "Operation: Raw Deal" consisted of 135 discoveries, officers, agents and investigators, from the VICE and Intelligence Division, Criminal Investigation Bureau (CID), Gang Task Force (GTF), Street Crime Unit (SCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Patrol Division, forensic technicians and investigators from other local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Forty suspects from the original list of 52 were arrested for various drug-related crimes, while nine people were arrested for various drug-related crimes and other crimes.
The detectives seized 8 ounces of raw heroin, thousands of bags of heroin packaged for sale, $ 15,000 in cash, two cars, two hand guns, bullets and a rifle.
The Waterbury police say most of those arrested in months of long-term operation were middle-class heroin dealers.
Lt. David Silverio says this operation was about saving lives, not just making arrests.
"You have the people who have a medical need and may need treatment and then we have traffickers and suppliers. This type of activity is aimed at the trafficking of the drug problem," Lt Silverio from the Waterbury Police Department told Fox 61.  FLORIDA LOTTERY WINNER OF 1 MUSIC SUSPENSES ROUNDED IN LARGE DRUGS: REPORTS
"On May 4, there have been 24 deaths in Waterbury this year alone and 99 overdoses. This year, numbers will hopefully improve, but we have one problem here in the city, "added Lt Silverio.
In a nationwide study of the CDC, the death in 2017 was nearly four times as frequent as in 1999. Heroin overdoses have remained stagnant, as other forms of opioid use have increased dramatically.
Fox 61 says there are still 11 people on their way from the operation. The Waterbury Police say that if you recognize one of the suspects, do not contact them and contact the police immediately.