Merrimack Valley Drug Bust Nets 12 Alleged Traffickers

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(Massachusetts State Police)

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A dozen alleged traffickers are off the streets as a result of a huge drug bust in the Merrimack Valley.

Their arrests were the result of a two-year investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General's office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Methuen, State, and Woburn Police, Customs and Border Patrol, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Law enforcement seized 24 kilos of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl, four guns, and more than $100,000 in cash, and arrested 12 people in the Lawrence and Methuen area. The suspects are charged with running a large-scale, sophisticated drug-dealing operation.

Attorney General Maura Healey is calling it the largest takedown of a major opioid trafficking operation in her office's history.

"Twenty-four kilos represents millions of dollars worth of drugs," Healey said. "As importantly, if not more importantly, it represents hundreds of thousands of lethal doses of drugs that we have kept from effecting communities in our state."

Police executed search warrants at 14 different locations in making the arrests.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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