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Waterbury police announces strides to 'stamp out' heroin epidemic

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Delvon Allen. (Waterbury police photo) Delvon Allen. (Waterbury police photo)

Hundreds of bags of heroin along with thousands of dollars are seized as part of a city wide drug sweep in Waterbury.

They said dozens of mid-level heroin dealers were arrested across the city in what they called "Operation Stamp Out." The announcement came as the result of what they called a lengthy heroin investigation.

Police said the operation began at 5:30 a.m. A news conference happened 1 p.m. at the Waterbury Police Department on East Main Street to discuss the results of Operation Stamp Out. 

"We anticipate this will put a serious dent in the drug trade going forward," Waterbury Police Chief Vernon Riddick said.

Police said they've issued six search and seizure warrants and have 38 out of 50 targeted suspects in custody. However, investigators said they were still looking for a number of suspects, including 24-year-old Delvon Allen.

Waterbury police started operation stamp out back in the fall and used undercover officers from Stamford's Police Department to make drug purchases all over Waterbury. Police then developed 50 suspects, who were allegedly supplying heroin to street dealers or selling bundles of heroin themselves.

"When you get to the mid-level person, the important thing is you get to the lower level and also a bridge to the higher end, good idea to get intelligence from either side," Riddick said.

In all, police seized nearly $24,000, two guns, 2,300 bags of heroin, along with an ounce each of crack cocaine and marijuana with a street value of more than $15,000.

"It's a little scary to realize there are that many people are out there," Riddick said. "These are 50 people with a couple of groups in between, but 50 separate individuals who were engaged in this activity."

Police said they have more than 80 personnel working on the case, including local neighboring police departments and state police.

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