Nearly 100 arrested in Connecticut drug raids

NEW LONDON, Conn. Federal, state and local authorities have arrested nearly 100 people across southeastern Connecticut accused of being involving in trafficking heroin and cocaine from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Authorities say hundreds of law enforcement officers executed scores of federal and state arrest and arrest warrants Wednesday in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island.

Federal authorities say the arrests were part of a "massive" law enforcement operation that also included the Secret Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Connecticut state police and local police departments.

Additional defendants were previously arrested during the investigation and several individuals are being sought. The arrests stem from a 15-month investigation that included controlled drug purchases.