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8-month investigation leads to several drug arrests

Updated: 12/20/2013 6:22 PM
Created: 12/20/2013 12:00 PM WNYT.com
By: Abigail Bleck

HUDSON - An eight-month drug investigation ended Friday morning with early morning raids.

The amount of drugs that were confiscated was not huge, but authorities believe taking the pushers off the street will have a significant impact.

At dawn Friday morning, simultaneous raids at close to a dozen homes in Hudson netted 19 of 20 targeted suspects. The men and women who were arrested range in age from 26 to 52 years old and all face a Class B felony charge -- criminal sale of a controlled substance.

“From our briefing to the capture, booking and arraignment process this detail ran like synchronized clock work...The people I talk to have less and less tolerance for this behavior. I am urged to address this time and again the sale of drugs in our city,” said Hudson Police Chief Ed Moore.

No cash or guns were confiscated and besides a small amount of crack cocaine believed to be for personal use, investigators say they discovered 60 bags -- about six grams total -- of heroin.

However, the focus on Friday was not the stashes. It was the people who authorities say peddle dangerous drugs on the streets of Hudson.

“The targets of the investigation are not strung out addicts or teens found with a bag of pot. These are the poisoners who profit from the drug trade,” said Moore.

Two additional suspects are connected to this sting, but the police chief says they were arrested this week on different matters, and are already in jail.

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