May 18 (UPI) — A major drug sting netted 52 suspects in Connecticut on Friday.
The Waterbury Police Department launched “Operation: Raw Deal” last September in response to an uptick in heroin overdoses and deaths in the community.
During their initial sweep early Friday morning, 13 police teams arrested 41 people. Police later picked up nine more suspects on drug-related charges.
Police seized eight ounces of raw heroin, a few thousand bags of heroin ready to sell, more than $15,000 in cash, two cars, two handguns and a rifle.
In all, investigators obtained eight search warrants and 92 warrants for conspiracy to sell narcotics, possession of narcotics in a school zone, sale of narcotics and multiple weapons charges.
Law enforcement agencies involved in the Operation: Raw Deal investigation include Drug Enforcement Agency, New Haven Office; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, New Haven Office; Stamford Police Department; State of Connecticut Parole-Waterbury Office; State of Connecticut Probation-Waterbury Office and Waterbury Police Department.
Waterbury police have kept the investigation open and are still searching for 11 suspects with active warrants.