U.S. authorities arrest 103 suspects in drug bust
By Dialogo April 05, 2013
NEW YORK, United States – U.S. law enforcement authorities arrested 103 suspects on April 3 in what was described as a “massive operation” against heroin and cocaine traffickers from the Caribbean into the U.S. state of Connecticut.
“More than 700 law enforcement officers involved in the operation executed scores of federal and state arrests and arrest warrants in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Puerto Rico,” The Federal Prosecutor’s Office for Connecticut said. “Approximately 52 individuals were arrested on federal narcotics and money laundering charges, and approximately 51 individuals were arrested on state narcotics and related charges.”
The wave of arrests followed a 15-month investigation into the trafficking of the drugs from Puerto Rico and the nearby Dominican Republic. Authorities built their case on wiretaps of 15 telephones, physical surveillance and undercover purchases of cocaine and heroin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The alleged ring was importing “wholesale amounts of drugs” to Connecticut.
“We allege that the defendants arrested today were responsible for a very large percentage of the heroin and cocaine available for street sale in New London County [in Connecticut],” U.S. Attorney David Fein said.
Most of the defendants would face prison sentences of between five and 10 years if found guilty.
[AFP (United States) 03/04/2013; Milenio (Mexico), 03/04/2013; Hoy Digital (Dominican Republic), 03/04/2013]