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Dozens arrested in New Haven drug investigation

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Federal authorities have arrested dozens of people in an investigation of drug crimes and violence on the streets of New Haven.

Thursday's roundups came after a federal grand jury indicted 61 people in an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which began looking into gang activities and drug trafficking involving cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin in the Dwight and Chapel neighborhoods last year.

Police said they charged 61 individuals with various offenses related to cocaine, crack cocaine and heroin, and the unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition in and around New Haven.

The indictments were unsealed after 32 of them were arrested.

Fourteen suspects were already in custody, and police are actively looking for 15 more.

"I want to acknowledge the brave and dedicated work of the DEA Task Force and all of the police departments and law enforcement agencies who participated in this lengthy and substantial investigation and today's arrests, including the New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, North Haven, Branford, Ansonia and Meriden police departments, ATF and the U.S. Marshals Service," said U.S. Attorney David Fein. "The U.S. Attorney's Office and our federal partners are committed to working closely with local and state law enforcement to reduce gang violence and to bring narcotics and firearms traffickers to justice."

If convicted, the majority of the suspects in these cases face a minimum prison term of10 years, a maximum term of life and fines of up to $10 million. 

Due to prior narcotics trafficking convictions, police said, several of the suspects will face increased penalties, according to police.

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