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Connecticut drug sting nabs 17, 10 more wanted

A massive drug sting in Enfield on Dec. 10 led to the arrests 17 people, and police are searching for 10 more. According to authorities, the arrests are the culmination of a 10-month investigation into alleged crack cocaine and heroin sales involving a local bar and motorcycle gang.

Enfield police obtained over 50 arrest warrants for 27 suspects on more than 60 charges, ranging from alleged felony drug sales to burglary and assault. A police representative said the department believes the busts, which bypassed drug users to focus on suspected drug dealers, made a major dent in the town's drug trade. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives assisted with the investigation.

Two individuals that were taken into custody were a 32-year-old man and a 24-year-old man. The 32-year-old was wanted on six warrants, including narcotics possession and intent to sell narcotics within 1,500 feet of school property. The 24-year-old has been charged with assault in the third degree and breach of peace in relation to a domestic violence incident. They are being held on high bonds while awaiting arraignment.

Felony drug charges, such as drug trafficking, could lead to severe consequences if a defendant is convicted. However, someone arrested for alleged drug offenses may be able to successfully fight the charges with the help of a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer could find evidence that police acted outside their authority during a search and seizure, which could lead to the dismissal of charges. If the defendant has no prior criminal record, it may also be possible to negotiate a plea deal that reduces penalties.

Source: The Hartford Courant, "Enfield Police Make Arrests, Seek More Suspects In Heroin, Crack Sales," Nicholas Rondinone, Dec. 10, 2014

Source: NBC Connecticut, "27 Arrested in Enfield Drug Investigation", Jessie Sawyer, December 10, 2014

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