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Arrests In New Haven Gang Violence & Drug Crime Crackdown Reach 90

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal authorities say 39 more people have been arrested in a yearlong investigation of drug crimes and gang violence in New Haven, bringing the total to 90.

Tuesday’s arrests were connected to grand jury indictments earlier this month that charged 101 people with drug crimes involving cocaine, heroin, marijuana and oxycodone, as well as weapons crimes. Four other people who weren’t indicted have also been charged. Authorities are seeking the remaining 15 suspects.

The investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and police in New Haven and Hamden focused on crime in several neighborhoods of New Haven and involved wiretaps and undercover drug buys.

Officials say “Operation Bloodline” found a large presence of Bloods and Island Brothers gang members, and much of the violence stemmed from gang-related drug trafficking.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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