Police have found massive amounts of heroin and fentanyl inside an apartment complex in Hartford on Thursday morning.
Officers from multiple agencies were seen on Thursday morning swarming the complex at 280 Collins Street. Hazmat crews were seen entering the building.
Deputy Chief Brian Foley said tens of thousands of bags of heroin were located inside the building. Foley also said multiple arrests some coming from Hartford some coming from other jurisdictions.
Thursday's incident was part of a months' long investigation. Foley said at least two apartments were part of the drug investigation.
The investigation was expected to take main drug dealers off Hartford streets, police said.
At least two apartments were searched on Thursday, and police said they plan to search others. Multiple arrests have been made, and some will be charged locally and others on a federal level.
A bodega was closed for business on Friday because it was believed to be one of the areas the drugs were sold.
"Arrested aren't going to stop the heroin trade. While they're necessary, important and impactful, the opioid crisis is not going to be stopped by locking people up. There's unfortunately always going to be a need when there's a need, narcotics will always be provided here on the street," said Deputy Chief Brian Foley, Hartford Police Department.
A total of 13 people were arrested after raiding homes in Hartford, East Hartford, New Britain, Meriden and Western Massachusetts.
For people who live near the bodega, there is no shock about the alleged drug dealing, but there is about the enormity of the operation.
"It's not a surprise at all, the amount of money is a surprise, but the fact that it was going on it's not a surprise at all and it;s going to happen. It's a vicious cycle, it isn't going to stop," said Tylonn Harold of Hartford.
State police said they are assisting Hartford vice and narcotics detectives.
The building is owned by 280 Collins Realty LLC out of Brooklyn, NY.
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