Drug bust: 100 arrested, charged

At least 100 people were arrested in a drug bust operation Wednesday. About half of those arrested face federal narcotics and money laundering charges while the rest face state narcotics and related charges.

Authorities said, according to the Clarion Ledger, that the multi-state crackdown involved more than 700 law enforcement officers who made the arrests in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island.

“We allege that the defendants arrested today were responsible for a very large percentage of the heroin and cocaine available for street sale in New London County,” U.S. Attorney David Fein said.

Officials accuse Luis Ariel Capellan Maldonado of facilitating shipment of “multi-kilogram quantities” of heroin and sometimes cocaine from the Dominican Republic, his native country. He allegedly used couriers to distribute the prohibited drugs in the United States.

The investigation reportedly took fifteen months to complete. Telephone wiretapping, physical surveillance, and controlled purchases and seizures of cocaine and heroin were undertaken in the process.