(HARTFORD COURANT) — About 100 suspected drug traffickers and their alleged conspirators, many of them in the New London area, were arrested after early-morning raids Wednesday by federal and local agents.
The arrests stemmed from a 15-month investigation into a massive heroin- and cocaine-trafficking operation that stretched from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to Connecticut, said a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office.
More than 700 law enforcement officers were involved in the arrests, some of which took place in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. Most of the suspects were in the New London area, federal officials said.
“They made the area a gateway for their illegal poison,” Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said of the suspects. “The fact is, we dismantled them.”