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Police arrest 51 people and seize weapons, money and drugs in a massive heroin bust in Connecticut

The Waterbury police said arrests stem from a widespread investigation initiated in September last year "in response to an increase in heroin overdoses and heroin-related deaths" in the city.The arrested are drug trafficking in the middle of the level of heroin sales, Waterbury police said. They added that the month-long operation, "Operation Raw Deal," included "aggressive conduct of investigations by all identified heroin traders".In total, 51 people have been arrested since Friday and authorities are still looking for another 10 suspects, Waterbury police spokesman David Silverio told CNN.Thirteen arrest groups launched a series of raids over Waterbury just after dawn Friday. Taxes tied to the arrest warrant include the sale of drugs, possession of the school area, conspiracy in the sale of drugs and firearms crimes, according to the police. During the races, officials grabbed several weapons, more than $ 1 5,000 in cash, two cars, "several thousand" bags of finished heroin, and a pound of raw heroin, police said. "The purpose of this extensive investigation was to suppress the trade of heroin trade in Waterbury," the city police said in a new release. "As of May 4, 24 deaths in Waterbury – just this year – and 99 overdoses," said Silverio CNN affiliate WTIC. "We have a problem here in the city." Some 135 detectives, officers, agents, and investigators from a variety of Waterbury police units were involved in the arrests, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including the Connecticut State Police, the Federal Drugs…

The Waterbury police said arrests stem from a widespread investigation initiated in September last year “in response to an increase in heroin overdoses and heroin-related deaths” in the city.

The arrested are drug trafficking in the middle of the level of heroin sales, Waterbury police said. They added that the month-long operation, “Operation Raw Deal,” included “aggressive conduct of investigations by all identified heroin traders”.

In total, 51 people have been arrested since Friday and authorities are still looking for another 10 suspects, Waterbury police spokesman David Silverio told CNN.

Thirteen arrest groups launched a series of raids over Waterbury just after dawn Friday. Taxes tied to the arrest warrant include the sale of drugs, possession of the school area, conspiracy in the sale of drugs and firearms crimes, according to the police.

During the races, officials grabbed several weapons, more than $ 1

5,000 in cash, two cars, “several thousand” bags of finished heroin, and a pound of raw heroin, police said.

“The purpose of this extensive investigation was to suppress the trade of heroin trade in Waterbury,” the city police said in a new release.

“As of May 4, 24 deaths in Waterbury – just this year – and 99 overdoses,” said Silverio CNN affiliate WTIC. “We have a problem here in the city.”

Some 135 detectives, officers, agents, and investigators from a variety of Waterbury police units were involved in the arrests, as well as local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, including the Connecticut State Police, the Federal Drugs Agency, and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Bureau and explosives.

The Waterbury police said the heroin probe “is an open and active investigation”.

CNN’s Kalenah Arif and Heather Fulbright contributed to this report.

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